Environmental Research Fellowships

Matriculated graduate students at any of Tufts University’s graduate programs and professional schools are eligible to apply for TIE fellowships to conduct interdisciplinary environmental research projects. This is an opportunity to recognize and provide greater visibility for stellar interdisciplinary students and their work. Selected students will be receive funding toward a research stipend and/or supplies (up to $6000 per project).

Request for Proposals and Budget Template

Download the Request for Proposals

Download the Evaluation Rubric

Download the Budget Template


View Tisch Library’s research guide for proposal development help.

Hear from some current TIE Fellows about how the TIE Fellowship has impacted them:

Program Highlights

Spring Lunches
Each spring incoming fellows meet for an introduction to  the TIE Fellowship Program. Bringing together members of the TIE community, outgoing fellows are invited to share their experiences and research projects with new fellows. Students are also given a review of the fellowship requirements, expectations, and an opportunity to ask questions about the fellowship.

Fall Retreat
At the beginning of the fall semester, fellows meet for a half-day retreat to share their experiences on research conducted over the summer. The event brings together fellows across multiple disciplines to exchange ideas and provide feedback on the challenges faced in their projects.

Annual Awards Ceremony
At the end of the fall semester Fellows, alumni, faculty and staff gather for dinner and formal reception to celebrate the ongoing accomplishments of TIE Fellows.

TIE Fellowship Request for Proposals Deadline
Master’s student proposals for the TIE Fellowship are due in February, 2017. Ph.D. student proposals will be due in December, 2016. Students pursuing projects that focus on environmental research with a specifically interdisciplinary focus are especially encouraged to apply.

Fellows Presentations
By the end of the academic year, fellows present their research to the Tufts community at a range of environmental events: department seminars, thesis or dissertation presentations, the Environmental Studies Lunch and Learn, or Tufts Research Days.

End of Year Barbecue at TIE Director’s House
At the end of the spring semester fellows are invited to the TIE Director’s house for an informal end-of-year celebration.


Lauren O’Brien, Graduate Intern


“I’m very thankful for the TIE fellowship. It has been so important in my career already – it was the first fellowship that I was awarded that put a lot of trust in me as a scientist early in my graduate career. It was what I consider a ‘seed grant’ – it allowed me to collect the data that I later leveraged to get a National Science Foundation fellowship. I can’t thank TIE enough for it.”
— Anne Madden, Biology PhD candidate


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