Outside funding opportunities

Many graduate students receive funding outside of UW to support their research. If you’re not sure where to start, there are several funding opportunities that College of the Environment graduate students commonly apply to, including:

The Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards administers a variety of fellowships and provides a list of UW and outside fellowships and a funding calendar.

The Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) works with current and admitted UW graduate students, helping them identify and locate funding opportunities for graduate school-related expenses including tuition, research, conference and research travel.

Listed below are some opportunities that may be especially helpful if you’re looking for outside funding or travel support.

Fellowship Funding Amount
Duration Target Audience
Amelia Earhart Fellowship $10,000 1 year Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree in any aerospace-related discipline
AAUW American Disstertation Fellowship $20,000 1 year Women in final year of dissertation
AAUW International Fellowship $18,000–$20,000 1 year Women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents
AAUW Selected Professions Fellowship $5,000–$18,000 1 year Women in STEM or architecture
AISES A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship $2,000 1 year American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians who are current AISES members
AISES Exxon Mobil Geosciences Field Work $3,000 1 year American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians who are current AISES members and accepted into field camp
AISES Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM $2,250 2 years AISES members
American Indian Graduate Fellowship Center Varies Varies Graduate & professional students who are enrolled members of a US federally-recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska native group
American Meteorological Society Fellowship  $25,000 9 months Incoming students in atmospheric, oceanic, or hydrologic sciences
Blue Waters Grad Fellowship $38000 stipend + $12000 tuition 1 year Graduate students in 2nd year or later
Bullitt Fellowship  $50,000 2 years Students currently enrolled in a graduate candidate program, not restricted to environmental studies
Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship^  $8,500 12 weeks Current grad/professional students and recent alumni
Dept. of Defense SMART* $25,000–$38,000 + tuition 1-5 years based on expected degree completion date Incoming or current graduate students. Must be a US citizen.
Dept. of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship $36,000 + tuition up to 4 years Incoming and 1st year master’s or Ph.D. students
Dept. of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program $3,000/month 3-12 months Ph.D. candidates interested in doing research in residence at DoE laboratory. Must be US citizen.
The Exploration Fund Grant $500 to $5,000 Graduate, post-graduate, doctorate and early career post-doctoral students
Ford Fellowships, Dissertation $25000  1 year Must be plan to complete dissertation within 2 years
Ford Fellowships, Predoctoral $24000 3 years Incoming and 1st year Ph.D. students “prepared to use diversity for enriching education of all students”
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program (NOAA) up to $42000 including stipend and tuition up to 2 years for master’s, up to 4 for Ph.D.
Incoming or current master’s or Ph.D. students
Environmental Health Scholarships Varies by scholarship Varies by scholarship
EPA STAR $44,000 including tuition & fees 2 year max for Master’s; 3 year max for Ph.D. Incoming students, 1st year master’s students, 1st–4th year doctoral students
ExxonMobil/LOFT Fellowship  $1,000 Hispanic students studying engineering, geology, chemistry or physics
Fulbright US Student Program Varies Current or incoming master’s or Ph.D. student. Must be US citizen.
Geological Society of America Varies Master’s and doctoral student members of GSA
Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship $2,000  1 year Women in statistics-oriented graduate programs. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada
Herb Society of America up to $5,000 1 year Students engaged in research on the horticultural, scientific, and/or social applications or use of herbs throughout history
Hertz Foundation fellowships $32,000 + tuition** 5 years Incoming and 1st year Ph.D. students
Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships $18,000 1 year Graduate students in the final year of their dissertation research. Open to both US and non-US citizens.
Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust $22,000 1 year Ph.D.s who will defend their dissertation in or about June 2017. International students are eligible to apply
Link Foundation Fellowships & Grants in Energy $28,000 2 years Ph.D. students working in energy-related field, including biofuels and ocean engineering
NARST Ph.D. scholarships $2,500 1 year Graduate students; students or institution must be NARST members
NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship up to $30,000 1 year, with option for renewal up to 3 years total Incoming or current student; Master’s or Ph.D.
National Association for Black Geoscientists Minority students enrolled full-time in graduate geoscience program
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship $31,000 + tuition 3 years Incoming, 1st and 2nd year graduate students. Must be a US citizen or US national.
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals  $5000  1 year Any LGBTQ or LGBTQ-supporting students in a STEM field
National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships in STEM $20,000 + tuition up to 6 years All graduate students who can work two summers of paid internship; emphasis on diverse applicant pool
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program $34,000 + tuition 3 years Incoming, 1st and 2nd year Master’s or Ph.D. students. Must be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident.
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans $25,000 and 50% tuition 2 years Must be an immigrant to the US, a child of immigrants, DACA. Master’s or Ph.D.
Phillips Exeter Dissertation Year Fellowship $14,310 stipend, research and travel funds of up to $1,000 and room & board 1 year Ph.D. students who have completed their research and are in the completion stage of their dissertation; all disciplines eligible
Rafe Sagarin Fund for Innovative Ecology up to $2,500 1 year Full time graduate student or postdoctoral scholar. Membership in the Western Society of Naturalists required during year of application.
Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science Fellowships up to $10,000 1 year Women in science (graduate students and assistant professors)
Society of Women Engineers Varies Varies
Smithsonian Fellowships  Varies Varies
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Next Generation Fellowships
Varies 2 years Graduate students from underrepresented communities.
UNCF Merck Science Initiative Up to $53,500 over 2 years. 2 years African American/Black Ph.D. students within 1–3 years of research and completed qualifying exam by Sept. 1.
Washington Sea Grant Keystone Fellowship Program
Up to $51,500 including a stipend of $48,000
1 year
Graduate students who have recently graduated from Washington universities, pursuing a degree in a marine related field, DACA and underrepresented students are encouraged to apply
Travel Scholarships
Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority (CSURM) Fellowship  Varies. Stipend for travel to Gordon Research Conference Underrepresented minority graduate students attending their first Gordon Research Conference
Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) Travel Award  £1000 for travel to international meetings or research/training visit Early career scientists studying fish biology or fisheries science. Must become a member of FSBI 4 weeks prior to applying for travel award.
Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation (GSFEI)  $300/$500 for domestic/international travel – potential for matching from department UW graduate students presenting at a conference
 UW CoEnv Travel Award  $500/$750 for domestic/international travel Undergraduate and graduate students in the College of the Environment
UW GPSS Travel Grant  $300/$500 for domestic/international travel UW graduate and professional students presenting at a conference

^This is a summer program in DC.
*DoD requires students to work at their labs for summer internships and accept employment with DoD after conclusion of fellowship. Length of service is 1:1 with years of support provided by SMART.
**Can also be $38000 for 2 years, with $6000 for the next 3 years. $5000 additional stipend for awardees with dependent children.