External Funding Opportunities

This is a list of selected awards, fellowships, grants, and scholarships funded by agencies outside the University of Minnesota. Most of these opportunities have application deadlines in late fall, but not all, so please read the information available on the respective websites carefully.

Title Field(s) Relevant to NRSM Eligibility Funding Type
American Geophysical Union Horton (Hydrology) Research Grant Hydrology; water resources policy US citizens; doctoral students; must be student member of AGU Grant for completion of doctoral dissertation
American Geosciences Institute Scholarship Programs Geoscience; hydrology Varies by award; award availability subject to change Typically scholarship support; varies by award and year
American Water Works Association Scholarships Water supply Varies by award Fellowship; grants; awards
Borlaug LEAP Fellowship Agricultural economics; other social sciences; forestry; wildlife; other environmental & natural resource sciences Currently, students from USAID-assisted country in sub-Saharan Africa, but can vary from year to year Grant for research at program-specific sites
Center for Online Education Free online resources for students seeking higher education. Varies Varies
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships:
Predoctoral and Dissertation
Earth sciences, economics, engineering, geography, international relations, sociology, urban planning US citizen or national; plan to teach & research at college level Stipend; varies based on award
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems Sustainable energy and cleantech Varies by award Varies by award
Graduate Women in Science Natural sciences, including environmental Female graduate students Varies by specific award
Hertz Fellowships Applied biological sciences Incoming or first year doctoral students; US citizen or permanent resident; “moral commitment” to serve US in time of national emergency Stipend plus tuition equivalent
Izaak Walton League Scholarship (MN Division) Environmental: education, law, wildlife management; or a primary focus on conservation of resources or environmental science Minnesota residents and US citizens; demonstrated need for financial assistance Up to $1000 for tuition, books, and/or transportation.
Mellon Mays Predoctoral Research Grants Earth sciences; ecology; sociology Doctoral students; varies by award Grants for various purposes; see site
National Academies of Sciences Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Grad Fellowship Social science; physical or biological science; engineering US citizens & international students possessing appropriate visa Stipend/grant 12- week program various locations in Washington, DC
NASA Grad Student Researchers Project Science; engineering US citizens See website
National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants Selected areas of biological sciences (see list of recently awarded abstracts)   Grants for partial support of dissertation research
Social Science Research Council Int’l Dissertation Research Fellowship Social science. All doctoral students, regardless of citizenship,  who have completed all PhD requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins Grants for dissertation research outside of the US
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Fellowships Forest science ecology; biogeography Varies by award Varies by award
Together Green Conservation Leadership Program Habitat/land; water; energy Six years of experience in conservation, environmental education, policy, or environmental issues Professional development opportunities; grant for supporting Conservation Action Project
Udall Foundation Programs Leadership, education, collaboration, and conflict resolution in the areas of environment, public lands, and natural resources Varies by program/award Varies by program/award
US Department of Energy Office of Science Grad Fellowships Biology; environmental sciences US citizens; incoming grad students Three-year living stipend; tuition support; research stipend