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Dive in and find funding opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with an environmental focus!

For other funding, the University of Arizona provides access to database tools for use by university undergraduate and graduate students to search for external funding opportunities. These include federal, state, and local agencies in addition to private funding sources. More information can be found on the Arizona Research Gateway


Funding opportunities preceded by a "*" have upcoming deadlines and will only be available until the given date. Others are available at various times throughout the year and recur annually. For both types, details can be found in the provided links.

Deadline: February 15, 2021
The National Forest Foundation (NFF) invites graduate students (pursuing a master's or doctoral degree) to apply to the 2021 Conservation Connect Fellowship Program. Conservation Connect fellowships aim to build experience, knowledge, and skills within the next generation of collaborative and conservation leaders to support each other and advance the field. We are striving to build a cohort of emerging leaders, connecting graduate students who will go on to do important work with communities and public lands in the future!
Deadline: January 29, 2021
Calling all STEM sophomores and juniors! The Goldwater Scholarship awards up to $7500 to sophomores and juniors who are majoring in STEM fields and who have undertaken, or who want to pursue, a research-based graduate degree and career. The application for the 2021 competition is open. Complete your pre-application today!
Deadline: December 01, 2020
Do you have a passion for plants, microbes, or insects, and how they interact with each other and the broader world to shape the function of natural and managed ecosystems? Are you excited about learning how ecosystems work by drilling down into their biological parts? If so, BRIDGES, the University of Arizona’s new National Science Foundation-funded “Ecosystem Genomics” graduate training program is for you!
Deadline: January 15, 2021
The Directorate Fellows Program (DFP) is a Direct Hire Authority Program that includes an 11-week Fellowship project for current students at the rising senior undergraduate or graduate school level.  Upon successful completion of the Fellowship program, along with degree conferral, participants may be directly appointed without competition to full time, permanent positions. Previous DFP projects included: species conservation planning, field surveys and species monitoring, landscape scale conservation partnerships, environmental law and policy, education and outreach, community engagement, digital communications, and many others that support the agency’s mission.
Deadline: January 15, 2021
The Environmental Fellows Program (EFP) at the University of Michigan (U of M) School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), in partnership with the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), is a 12-week summer fellowship opportunity that seeks to diversify the environmental field by cultivating the career aspirations of master’s and doctoral students from historically underrepresented groups by connecting students to work opportunities in environmental nonprofits, grant makers, and government sectors. 
Deadline: December 31, 2020
Encouraging students who have invested their future in the environment, EPAZ awards over $8,000 each year to graduate and undergraduate students in environmental programs in Arizona.  To qualify for the 2021 Scholarship, you must: Be an undergraduate or graduate student in an Arizona environmental program. Be pursuing a career in the environmental field. Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and making satisfactory progress. Be a full or part-time student for the 2020-2021 academic year in an Arizona Environmental Program.
Deadline: December 04, 2020
The Explorers Club is proud of its history but also looks toward the future by recognizing the importance of new ideas and avenues of exploration. The Club is deeply committed to supporting the fieldwork of serious researchers and, as part of its public service commitment, offers exploration grants. This category of grant supports exploration and field research for those who are just beginning their research careers. The average award is approximately $1,500. (Graduate opportunities also available)
Deadline: January 22, 2021
Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) is excited to announce a new, year-long State Science Policy Fellowship program partnering with state agencies and University System of Maryland (USM) leadership. This unique fellowship opportunity will place science Ph.D. or J.D. students or recent graduates in coastal sustainability, coastal management, and environmental policy positions within Maryland.
Deadline: December 31, 2020
The National Geographic Society currently offers three types of grant applications—Early Career, Exploration, and Requests for Proposals. All proposed projects should be bold, innovative, and potentially transformative and have a primary focus in conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology. Projects should also align to one of our three focus areas. Deadlines vary based on opportunity (see website)
Deadline: February 28, 2021
he Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation has a number of scholarship programs: the Joe Rudd Scholarships, established in 1979 in honor of a prominent natural resources attorney in Alaska; the RMMLF Scholarships, established in 1993; the Frances Hartogh Diversity Outreach Scholarships; the Richard H. Bate Scholarships; the Catherine J. Boggs Scholarship; the James M. King Scholarship; the new Mary A. Viviano Scholarship, and the new Equity and Inclusion Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded each year to support students who are interested in studying natural resources law and range from $1,000 to $15,000. This year the Foundation has almost $260,000 we are looking to award to deserving students. JD APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28, 2021 LLM/SJD APPLICATION DEADLINE; MARCH 15, 2021