We provide funding opportunities for you throughout your studies and into your career. Some MSU opportunities are at the beginning; then we’ve listed opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs. For job opportunities, please go to this page. Please contact us at ( with questions or comments.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

EnviroHub Internship
EnviroHub is looking for an intern with excellent oral and written communication skills and a strong passion for environmental education. Our candidate will work towards the development and expansion of our EnviroLiteracy library, increased marketing efforts throughout our social media, as well as the promotion of local sustainability groups and events in your area.
No deadline.


Opportunities for Graduate Students

14th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – as part of its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award Program – is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving sustainability. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Award Program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity and protection of the planet—people, prosperity, and the planet—the three pillars of sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of sustainability. .
Feb. 3, 2017

2017 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition
The 2017 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young PhD and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system. The objective of the research proposal is to make more sustainable one or more themes of the agri-food system, in terms of environmental, social, health and/o economic aspects. Areas of particular interest include: Sustainable and healthy diets; Urban food systems and policies; Resilient agriculture, land use change and agro-ecology; The nexus between climate change, energy and food; Sustainable water management; Food supply chains; Ecosystems and ecosystem services; Healthy lifestyles; Food waste reduction; Food policy development; Food security: availability, access, utilization, stability; Communication technologies and networks; Youth and women's involvement in agriculture.
June 28, 2017

Abel Wolman Doctoral Fellowship, American Water Works Association
For doctoral students in the field of water supply and treatment. Must complete Ph.D. within two years. Two years of support. Up to $20,000/ year.
January 15 (annual)

Archaeology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (Arch-DDRI) – NSF 14-566
The Archaeology Program supports anthropologically relevant archaeological research. This means that the value of the proposed research can be justified within an anthropological context. It also has no priorities in regard to theoretical orientation or question and it is the responsibility of the applicant to explain convincingly why these are significant and have the potential to contribute to anthropological knowledge. While the Program, in order to encourage innovative research, neither limits nor defines specific categories of research type, most applications either request funds for field research and/or the analysis of archaeological material through multiple approaches.
Proposals accepted anytime.

Be Spartan Green Student Project Fund
The Be Spartan Green Student Project fund provides financial support for students to explore solutions to our most pressing challenges in sustainability at MSU. Projects can request up to $5,000 in funds to aid their research and development.
Open year-round

Biological Anthropology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
The Biological Anthropology Program supports multifaceted research to advance scientific knowledge of human biology and ecology, including understanding of our evolutionary history and mechanisms that have shaped human and nonhuman primate biological diversity. Supported research focuses on living and fossil forms of both human and nonhuman primates, addressing time scales ranging from the short-term to evolutionary, encompassing multiple levels of analysis (e.g., molecular, organismal, population, ecosystem), conducted in field, laboratory, captive, and computational research environments, and often incorporating interactions between human biology and culture.
Jan. 20, 2017

Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program
Applicants can apply to the following awards: Postdoctoral Research Awards: US$30,000 for one academic year (9 months), or US$50,000 for 12 month programs. Distinguished Chairs Program : US$35,000 for one semester (4 months). The Distinguished Visiting Research Chairs are targeted opportunities at select universities in Alberta designed to host exceptional scholars and experienced professionals who conduct research in a specific area. Visiting Research Chairs Program: US$25,000 for one semester (4 months). Visiting Research Chairs are targeted opportunities at select universities/institutions designed to host exceptional scholars and experienced professionals who conduct research in a specific area. Traditional (All Disciplines) Award: US$12,500 for one semester (4 months). These awards are field open and can be taken up at any university, think tank, or government agency in Canada. Fulbright-Carlos Rico Award for North American Studies: US$12,500 for one semester in Canada plus US$2,300 per month in Mexico Specialists Program: Short-term collaboration on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities at Canadian institutions. Fulbright Arctic Initiative: US$40,000, for an 18-month period for a regional applied network of interdisciplinary collaborative research focused on the Arctic. The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will identify both established experts and early career specialists from the eight Arctic Council countries to carry out collaborative research to assess the impact of change in the Arctic from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Center for Field Research, Earthwatch
Researchers work with Earthwatch volunteers on social and natural science topics. For doctoral students, post-docs, and faculty. $17,000-$51,000. About 150 projects funded annually. Note: Limited funding currently available (July 2009)
Continuous. Must be submitted at least 18 months in advance.

Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation
For students, faculty, and others to conduct research and educational projects addressing the balance between technology and preservation of the human/ natural environment. Particular focus on aviation-environmental projects. $11,000. 8-12 grants awarded annually.
June 9 (annual)

Chateaubriand Fellowship
The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. Every year, it allows doctoral students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for 4 to 9 months. Chateaubriand fellows receive a stipend, a round trip ticket to France and health insurance.
Jan. 27, 2017

Community Forestry and Environmental Research Program Fellowships
For Master's and PhD student research on community-based natural resource management in the United States. $7,000 for Master's students, $2000 for pre-dissertation summer travel, $15,000 for dissertation fellowships for fieldwork.
February 2 (annual)

Dissertation Fellowship Program, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
For doctoral research in land and tax policy. $10,000. 11 awards annually
March 2 (annual)

Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, Social Science Research Council
A workshop designed to help graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate doctoral dissertation proposals. The program is organized around distinct research fields, which vary yearly. This year, topics relating to the environment are ecological history and globalization. Includes $5000 for research.
February 1 (annual)

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program, NOAA
For Masters and PhD research in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology, (including all science, engineering, social science and resource management of ocean and coastal areas). Particularly intended for women and minorities. For students enrolled or about to enroll in graduate school. Two - four years of support. $30,000/ year stipend + tuition and research funds. Five awards annually.
February 22 (annual)

Environmental Research Apprenticeship Program for College and University Students EPA G2017-ORD-C1
The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and the environment. The EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) conducts timely, mission-relevant, solution-oriented research based on the principles of integrity, sustainability, and responsiveness to the needs of the Nation. ORD’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory’s (NRMRL’s) research portfolio spans the five goals outlined in EPA’s Strategic Plan, and directly supports efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, manage chemical risks, and protect America's water. EPA-ORD seeks applications from eligible entities to enter into a cooperative agreement with EPA that will provide training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students on-site at ORD’s Ground Water and Ecosystems Research Division (GWERD) research facilities located in Ada, Oklahoma. It is envisioned that the training program will increase both the effectiveness and number of future environmental scientists. The training received under the mentorship of EPA scientists will complement the trainees’ academic coursework. The recipient will be responsible for ensuring that the training projects are supportive of the trainees’ academic training. Some appropriate fields of study for trainees include, but are not limited to, environmental science, water policy, chemistry, engineering, computer science, ecology, and physical and biological sciences.
Jan. 24, 2017

EPA: 14th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – as part of its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award Program – is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving sustainability. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Award Program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity and protection of the planet—people, prosperity, and the planet—the three pillars of sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of sustainability. EPA-G2017-P3-Q1 – Energy EPA-G2017-P3-Q2 – Built Environment EPA-G2017-P3-Q3 – Materials and Chemicals EPA-G2017-P3-Q4 – Water
Feb. 3, 2017

Estimating Economic Benefits of Improved Water Quality Using Hedonic Valuation Methods - U.S. EPA
The goal of this project is to develop improved methods to evaluate the economic benefits associated with water-quality improvements. This research aims to extend the use of observed changes in property prices to value changes in water quality. The research will expand the geographic scope of existing hedonic valuation literature and explore the influence and importance of alternative environmental parameters used in hedonic models. The project will draw on economic and environmental information to be collected for different locations in the United States, including information currently assembled for regions in New York and Florida. The research participant will be involved in activities that may include:
No deadline

Fellowship Program - Hydro Research Foundation
To study hydropower. For Masters or PhD students. reference will be given to Mechanical and Electrical Engineering student, but other areas are possible. Full funding. Two years of support. 8-12 awards annually.
March 1 (annual)

Fellowships, American Association of University Women
American Fellowships are for women who are US citizens/ permanent residents; International Fellowships are for women who are not. American Fellowships are for doctoral candidates; International Fellowships are also open to Masters students and postdocs. Open to applicants in all fields of study. For American Fellowships, scholars engaged in science, technology, engineering and math and also researching gender issues are especially encouraged to apply. $20,000- $30,000. 100 awards annually.
November 15 (annual) for American Fellowships; December 1 (annual) for International Fellowships

Fellowships, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
Three- month fellowships at STRI, in Panama. Must work with STRI researcher to develop proposal. Focused on graduate students; occasionally funds undergraduates and postdoctoral researchers. $800/month, small research allowance, and airfare.
March 15, May 15, August 15 and November 15 (annual)

Field Research Grants, Tinker Foundation
Funds for Master's and PhD student travel to and field work in Latin America, Spain and Portugal. $10,000.
Must work through MSU's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Geography and Spatial Sciences Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (GSS-DDRI) - NSF 14-538 replaces 12-570
The Geography and Spatial Sciences Program sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on Earth. Investigators are encouraged to propose plans for research about the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. GSS provides support to improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects undertaken by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities when the dissertation research is conducted in a scientifically sound manner and it offers strong potential for enhancing more general scientific knowledge.
Second Thursday in August Annually

Gliozzo Dissertation Research Scholarship
The Dr. Charles and Marjorie Gliozzo Dissertation Research Scholarship is available to MSU doctoral students with dissertation research objectives who have defended, or are in the process of defending, a dissertation proposal. The scholarship supports field research abroad in support of the student's dissertation.
March 17, 2017

Gloria Barron Scholarship, Wilderness Society
For Master's or PhD students to write a paper on an aspect of wilderness establishment, protection, or management. $10,000. Two awards annually.
March 31 (annual)

Graduate Research Environmental Fellowships, Department of Energy (DOE)
Supports Master's and PhD students. Must be in an area of interest to DOE's Office of Biological and Environmental Research:e.g., atmospheric sciences, ecology, global carbon cycles, climatology, and terrestrial processes. Must have completed first year in graduate school, Up to three years. $19,000/ year + tuition. Nine awards annually.
February 6 (annual)

Graduate Student Researchers Program, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Year-long fellowship for Master's and PhD students. Includes an internship at a NASA Center. Interests must mesh with posted list of NASA research interests (see website). $30,000. 180 awards annually.
February 1 (annual)

Grassroots Development Fellowship Program, Inter-American Foundation
For dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean on grassroots development. Must be doctoral candidate. Up to one year of support. $20,000. 11 awards annually.
December 31 (annual)

Individual Advanced Research Opportunities, International Research and Exchanges Board
For field research in policy-relevant subjects related to Southeast Europe and Eurasia. For Master's and PhD students at any stage. 2-9 months. 30 awards annually.
November 17 (annual)

Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC) - NSF 17-516
The Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The Centers are catalyzed by an investment from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and are primarily supported by industry Center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the Center.
Feb. 28, 2017, Last Tuesday in February

Internship at IBM's Almaden Research Center
IBM’s Almaden Research Center (San Jose, CA) invites applications for an internship position to conduct research in modeling viral epidemiology and possibly the impact of global climate change on vulnerable population. Applicants should have strong statistical analysis background, hands on experience working with spatio-temporal and other forms of data, and a practical knowledge of Java programming, python or R. Knowledge of mathematical modeling of infectious disease is a plus. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the STEM web site ( and wiki ( to learn more about the project. We would prefer a Ph.D. student with good communication and writing skills. Students with a demonstrated background expertise in computer science, mathematics, physics, computational genomics, bioinformatics, computational biology or equivalent areas currently enrolled in graduate programs are encouraged to apply. Please contact Dr. Kun Hu,, for more information and submitting the resume.
Open until filled.

Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Resources for the Future
For doctoral dissertation research on issues related to the environment, natural resources, or energy. Work in economics and social sciences is given priority. Must be doctoral candidate. Need not be US citizen. One year of support. $18,000. Three awards annually.
February 24 (annual)

Kleinhans Fellowship, Rainforest Alliance
For doctoral or postdoctoral research on the impacts of non-timber forest product harvest in Latin America. Two years of support. $15,000/ year. One award annually.
December 31 (annual)

Morris K. Udall Environmental Public Policy & Conflict Resolution Ph.D. Fellowship
For doctoral research on U.S. environmental public policy and/or environmental conflict resolution. Must be in final year of writing the dissertation. One year of support. $24,000. Two awards annually.
February 24 (annual)

NAACP Field Fellow in Environmental & Climate Justice
Under the direct supervision of the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program (ECJP), the ECJ Field Fellows will perform the following duties: · Assist with campaign strategy and execution for Just Energy Policy campaigns in each state including state and local engagement in rate cases, regulatory challenges, CPP SIPs, etc. · Maintain tracking spreadsheet of clean energy/energy efficiency policies/ordinances, SIP processes, propositions, ordinances and rate cases—Disseminate bi-weekly (minimally) · Conduct regional and state level trainings on environmental and climate justice topics including energy efficiency, clean energy, anti-oppression organizing, strategic communications, and developing an action plan. · Assist with identification of ECJ Chairs for each state. · Host monthly regional ECJ Calls. · Assist with state level trainings/press conferences in each region. · Assist with troubleshooting/technical assistance. · Maintain tracking spreadsheet of ECJ activities in each state in the region—Disseminate to all at monthly intervals. · Participate in bi-monthly national ECJ calls and report out on what’s happening in the region. · Maintain state/regional partner and coalition lists with contacts. · Participate in regional partner calls. · Other duties as assigned by the ECJP Director.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program, Department of Defense (DoD)
For PhD students in an area of DoD interest. Possible environmental links include biosciences, material sciences, and geosciences. Must be in final year of undergraduate studies or have completed only two years of graduate study. Must be US citizen or national. Three years of support. Full funding. 200 awards annually.
December 16 (annual)

National Estuarine Research Reserve System Graduate Research Fellowships - NOAA
For research within a National Estuarine Research Reserve. For Master's students and doctoral candidates. Up to 3 years of support. $20,000/ year. 30% cost-sharing requirement. 20+ awards annually.
November 2 (annual)

NEUP Fellowship and Scholarship Support DE-OFA-0001487
The IUP works to attract qualified nuclear science and engineering students (NS&E) to nuclear energy professions by providing undergraduate level scholarships and graduate level fellowships. The fellowships and scholarships are focused on two-, four-year, and graduate programs in science and engineering disciplines related to nuclear energy such as Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Health Physics, Nuclear Materials Science, Radiochemistry, Applied Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Policy, Radiation Protection Technology, Nuclear Power Technology, Nuclear Maintenance Technology, and Nuclear Engineering Technology at Universities and Colleges located in the United States (U.S.).
Jan. 31, 2012

NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Fellows - NSF 13-595 replaces 12-601
Through the SEES Fellows Program, NSF seeks to advance science, engineering, and education to inform the societal actions needed for environmental and economic sustainability and human well-being while creating the necessary workforce to address these challenges. The Program's emphasis is to facilitate investigations that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and address issues of sustainability through a systems approach, building bridges between academic inquiry, economic growth, and societal needs. The Fellow's proposed investigation must be interdisciplinary and allow him/her to obtain research experiences beyond his/her current core disciplinary expertise. Fellows are required to develop a research partnership(s) that will advance and broaden the impact/scope of the proposed research, and present a plan for their own professional development in the area of sustainability science and engineering.
The SEES Fellowship Program is currently not accepting proposals. It is undergoing revisions at this time and the next submission deadline is uncertain.

NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows - NSF 13-595 Replaces NSF 12-601
The SEES Fellowship Program is undergoing revisions at this time, and the next submission deadline is uncertain. Please check again for updates in the next few weeks.
The SEES Fellowship Program is currently not accepting proposals. It is undergoing revisions at this time and the next submission deadline is uncertain.

Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship for Minorities, Ford Foundation
For minority students enrolled or planning to enroll in a PhD program. Any area. Three years of support. $20,000/ year. 60 awards annually.
November 14 (annual)

Rainforest Alliance: Kleinhans Fellowship for Research in Community Forestry
The Rainforest Alliance is interested in helping communities and small- and medium-sized enterprises to harvest and manufacture forest and non-timber forest products in a sustainable manner, and market these goods to responsible businesses and consumers. The Kleinhans Fellowship provides US $20 thousand over two years for research on this topic in Latin America, with preference for sites where Rainforest Alliance currently supports community forestry. Applicants must have at least a master's degree in forestry, ecology, botany, environmental science, or an appropriate related field.
Feb. 28, 2017

SOCIOLOGY PROGRAM - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (Soc-DDRI) - NSF 14-604
The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization -- societies, institutions, groups and demography -- and processes of individual and institutional change. The Program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender roles, and the sociology of science and technology. The Program supports both original data collections and secondary data analysis that use the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological tools. Theoretically grounded projects that offer methodological innovations and improvements for data collection and analysis are also welcomed
Feb 28, 2017 (annual)

Solid waste management, Environmental Research and Education Foundation
For work on solid waste management research. Funds master's, doctoral, and post-doctoral work. Up to three years of support. $5,000-$12,000/ year. At least three awards annually.
June 1 (annual)

Student Training for Environmental Protection - George Mason University
Trains students to become environmental advocates. Workshop in June in Virginia. $150 includes costs except travel.

Survey Methods and Use of Focus Groups for Valuation of Non-Market Goods and Services EPA-OP/NCEE-2015-03
The goal of this project is to pursue focus group research in several areas of non-market valuation to improve our ability to estimate the economic benefits of environmental regulation. The intern will participate in research that involves the convening of focus groups to better understand how environmental amenities influence a variety of consumer decisions, including home purchases, choosing outdoor recreation destinations, and reducing the risks of adverse health outcomes. He/She will be involved in activities that may include:
No deadline

Water-Related Projects - PADI Foundation
Supports underwater science, environmental projects, and education...that [enriches] mankinds understanding of the aquatic environment and encourage sensitivity to and protection of the delicate ecological balance of underwater life. $2,000-$10,000. About 40 awards annually.
January 31 (annual)

Young Scientists Summer Program, IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis), Austria
Summer research opportunities for students whose interests correspond with IIASAs ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic and social change. Should be about two years prior to receiving a PhD. Full funding provided. Usually 10-15 U.S. students chosen.
January 16 (annual)


Opportunities for Postdoctoral Work

International Research Scientists Development Award
The purpose of the International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) is to provide support and protected time (three to five years) to advanced postdoctoral U.S. research scientists and recently-appointed U.S. junior faculty (at least two years beyond conferral of doctoral degree) for an intensive, mentored research career development experience in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC) leading to an independently funded research career focused on global health. FIC invites applications from early-career investigators from any health related discipline who propose career development activities and a research project that is relevant to the health priorities of the LMIC.
March 7, 2018