Leakey Foundation Research Grants

Application Deadline:  July 15, 2017

The Leakey Foundation awards funding to support research related to human origins, including paleoanthropology of the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene, and primate research encompassing evolution, behavior, morphology, ecology, endocrinology, genetics, isotope studies, or modern hunter-gatherer groups. Priority of funding is commonly given to exploratory phases of promising new research projects. The majority of The Leakey Foundation’s Research Grants awarded to doctoral students are in the $3,000-$15,000 range. Larger grants given to senior scientists and post-doctoral students may be funded up to $25,000.

Advanced doctoral students (advanced to candidacy – all but dissertation) and established scientists, including post-doctoral students, are eligible for Leakey Foundation Research Grants. There are no citizenship restrictions; however, all applications must be in English.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program

Application Deadline:  May 16, 2017

The goal of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.  The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. Supplemental awards are intended to cover incremental costs associated with living and travel expenses during the award period. The SCGSR program does not provide additional support for supplies, materials, or travel while conducting the SCGSR research project at the host DOE laboratory during the award period.


  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens at the time of application and be at least 18 years of age at the time of applying.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a Qualified Graduate Program with the Ph.D. as their degree objective. At the time of application, applicants must have obtained the Ph.D. candidacy at their home institution, and must have established a defined graduate thesis project and graduate thesis advisor.
  • Applicants must be pursuing a Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, material sciences, biology (non-medical), mathematics, engineering, computer or computational sciences, or select areas of environmental sciences at an accredited college or university in the United States or its territories.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that their graduate thesis research is in an area of fundamental research aligned with the DOE Office of Science Priority Research Areas identified for the 2017 SCGSR Solicitation 1.
  • The applicant and their primary graduate thesis advisor are responsible for identifying a collaborating research scientist at a DOE laboratory and jointly developing the research proposal as part of the SCGSR application process.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Horton Hydrology Research Grant

Application Deadline: April 15, 2017

The Horton Research Grant for Ph.D. students promotes excellence through encouragement of the next generation of professionals in the hydrological sciences. Each year the grant has been awarded to up to three students during their candidacy for a Ph.D. degree in hydrology, water resources, or a closely related field. The award provides a one-year grant (typically $10,000) to cover research costs and travel expenses related to attendance of the American Geophysical Union fall meeting ($500 U.S. /$1,000 international).


  • Graduate students are eligible at any point in their doctoral program in hydrology, water resources, or a closely related field, with the stipulation that they will be enrolled PhD students throughout the duration of the grant. It is expected that one grant will be directed towards a PhD student in the first half of his/her studies.
  • Appropriate topics may be in hydrology (including its physical, chemical, or biological aspects) or in water resources policy sciences (including economics, systems analysis, sociology and law).
  • U.S. citizenship is not a requirement to apply.
  • Recipients must be active student members of the American Geophysical Union.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Livermore National Laboratory Graduate Scholar Program

Application Deadline: April 15, 2017

The Livermore Graduate Scholar Program (LGSP) and its predecessor programs have played a critical role for many years in helping to recruit new scientific and engineering talent to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Top Ph.D. students are granted appointments of up to four years to conduct research of interest to the Laboratory while completing their thesis.

A key feature of the program is the triad relationship between the student, the university thesis advisor, and the Laboratory technical supervisor. This team will jointly plan and execute the student’s research program. The Lab technical supervisor is a scientist or engineer and should ideally be a member of the student’s thesis committee. Once accepted into the LGSP, the student becomes an employee of LLNL and is expected to perform the majority of his or her research at the Laboratory. Our expectation for a successful proposal is that the student will spend 75% of the calendar year at LLNL, though scheduling is flexible. LGSP students receive a highly competitive salary, but the program does not cover tuition costs.

LGSP appointments have traditionally been made to students of physics, astrophysics, laser science, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, computer science, biology, genetics and biotechnology, materials science, and related disciplines. Non-technical or non-traditional proposals may be considered if a suitable LLNL mentor/supervisor can be identified. Applicants must be full-time graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. Students are expected to have completed the majority of their graduate coursework and have successfully passed any required comprehensive examinations. Students must have a thesis advisor and an identified LLNL technical supervisor.

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The Milotte Scholarship Fund

Application Deadline:

The Alfred G. and Elma M. Milotte Scholarship Fund provides one-year grants of up to $4,000 to Washington state residents who share the Milottes’ enthusiasm for exploring, chronicling and spreading the magnificence of the wilderness through artistic communication. The scholarship may be used to support any course of post-secondary education, including graduate studies.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Are fascinated by and observe nature, and have expressed their observations in an artistic way that engages the everyday person
  • Have acceptance at a trade school, art school, two-year or four-year college or university for either undergraduate or graduate studies
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have been a resident of the State of Washington for at least 5 years prior to applying

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

American Philosophical Society Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research

Application Deadline:  January 30, 2017

The Lewis and Clark Fund encourages exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation. Applications are invited from disciplines with a large dependence on field studies, such as archeology, anthropology, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, paleontology, and population genetics, but grants will not be restricted to these fields.

Eligibility Basics

  • Grants will be available to doctoral students. Postdoctoral fellows, master’s degree candidates, and undergraduates are not eligible.
  • Proposals that are archival in nature or museum based will not normally be considered. The proposed work should be dissertation directed to the extent possible given the applicant’s year in the doctoral program.
  • The competition is open to U.S. citizens and residents wishing to carry out research anywhere in the world. Foreign applicants must either be based at a U.S. institution or plan to carry out their work in the United States.


Amounts will depend on travel costs but will ordinarily be in the range of several hundred dollars up to about $5,000. Grants are payable to the individual applicant.

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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internship Program

Application Deadline (for Winter/Spring projects):  November 15, 2016

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and public engagement. This program enables students to work on independent research projects under the direction of a SERC mentor.

Intern projects span the range of research conducted at SERC, including environmental chemistry, marine and esturaine ecology, molecular ecology, and terrestrial ecology. Projects are also offered in public engagement, with opportunities in environmental education, citizen science, and science writing. Although students will become familiar with much of the research of SERC in general, individuals will devote most of their time to an independent research project. Students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in a selected field of study and to learn a variety of research techniques through firsthand experience. At the conclusion of the internship, student participants will be expected to present the findings of their independent projects in a formal seminar to the SERC community.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center will consider applications from currently enrolled undergraduate and Master’s students, or students who have recently graduated from undergraduate or Master’s programs. Applicants must be in a position to commit fully to the completion of a project. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement to participate in this program.

Selected candidates will receive a stipend of $500.00 per week. There is limited on-site dormitory space available for $105.00 per week. SERC does not supply board, but the dorms are equipped with full kitchens. We can accommodate up to 24 residents.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships

Application Deadline:  October 28, 2016

The Fanny & John Hertz Graduate Fellowships support graduate education in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences or mathematics. The Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend. The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the participating schools (including the University of Washington) in lieu of all fees and tuition. Hertz Fellows therefore have no liability for any ordinary educational costs, regardless of their choice among participating schools.

Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency. College seniors wishing to pursue the PhD degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply. The Foundation generally does not award fellowships to students who are already beyond their first year of graduate study. The Foundation does not support students pursuing advanced professional degrees other than the PhD, such as enrollees in MD, LLD or MBA programs, although they will support the PhD portion of a joint MD/PhD study program.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Summer 2016 TA Position in Biology

Application deadline:   May 6, 2016

The Department of Biology has an outstanding opportunity for a Biology Teaching Assistant – Summer 2016. Biology typically hires several non-Biology TAs every quarter, depending on commitments to Biology graduate students. TAs may be required to lead labs or quiz sections at lower division or upper division levels. Courses are offered in: Introductory Biology; Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology; Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology; Plant Biology; and Physiology.


Attending lectures, teaching sections, grading, and additional course specific requirements of individual instructors.

For further information about possible courses see University course catalog and time schedules.


  • Currently registered UW Graduate Student in good standing and eligibility to hold a Graduate Student Assistantship.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Satisfactory grades in one or more upper division courses in the appropriate field.
  • Must be able to participate for the entire duration of the course, including final exam grading.
  • Must be available to lead labs and sections between 8 am and 7 pm.
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

For complete information about this opportunity, including application details, see UW Hires Req. # 132330.

Washington Trail Blazers Scholarship

Application deadline:   May 15, 2016

The Trail Blazers is a volunteer organization that contributes its time, energy and knowledge toward helping the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to enhance recreational alpine fishing. Members participate in a variety of studies, conservation and wilderness protection activities, camp cleanups, stream restoration and trail maintenance, but the fish stocking and surveying activities have given the Trail Blazers their focus that has endured since 1933.

The Trail Blazers are most interested in assisting students who seek a career that will enhance the management of wilderness, natural resources and fisheries science in Washington State’s mountains. Deadline for submission is May 15, 2016. Applicants will be judged on the criteria of scholarship, leadership, integrity and other personal achievements. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career that involves professional work in Washington’s high country. For example, the candidate might be pursuing professional studies in fisheries science, forestry, entomology, wildlife services, geology, botany, wilderness recreation or a related field. Applicants with existing or planned research work in Washington’s high country, especially related to the high lake environment will be given additional preference.

One qualified student will be selected to receive a $1,000 one-time scholarship.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://www.watrailblazers.org/scholarship/