Environmental Research Fellowships “TIE Fellows”

Matriculated graduate students at any of Tufts University’s graduate programs and professional schools are eligible to apply for a TIE fellowship!

The deadline for 2017-2018 TIE Fellows applications is: 24 February 2017.

The application materials include:

The fellowship can be used to conduct independent, interdisciplinary, environmental research projects. This is an opportunity for students to conduct primary data collection within your own area of interest and obtain mentorship and guidance from faculty and TIE staff to help build your research expertise.
Selected students will be receive funding of up to $5,000 per student to cover costs related to equipment, travel, and living stipends for data collection, data analysis, and research supplies. Students pursuing projects that focus on environmental research with a specifically interdisciplinary focus are especially encouraged to apply.

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 a formal reception to celebrate the ongoing accomplishments of TIE Fellows.

Fellows Workshops and Presentations: Fellows participate throughout the year in on-going research workshops designed to build skills and increase networks. By the end of the academic year, fellows also 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, among others.

Resources for Applicants

Tuft’s Office of Research and Development and the Tisch Library offer useful links and resources for Proposal Preparation:

  • How to deconstruct a Request for Applications found here.
  • Preparing to Research for Your Grant Proposal found here.
  • Writing Resources and Guidelines found here.
  • Data Management found here.

In writing your proposal application, we encourage the use of SMART Principles

General Tips on Preparing a Research Budget found here. (Note:  This link only serves as a guide; please follow the TIE Project Budget template for application submission.)

In Preparing Budgets, useful links to gauge prices and travel costs include:

  • Travel—STA Travel, Student Universe
  • Housing—Craigslist, university sites for visiting students, newspaper classified ads
  • Food/Living—Numbeo, travel guides (Let’s Go, Lonely Planet), expat sites
  • Internal Travel—city or country specific transportation services, travel blogs

When looking for Faculty Advisers who can complement your interdisciplinary work, you can:

  • Refer to testimonials and blurbs from current and past TIE Fellows (see below links).
  • Seek information and help by contacting TIE at tie@tufts.edu



Jill Parlee, Assistant Director for Programs

If you are interested in attending a TIE Fellowship Informational Session, please contact us.


See what have the current TIE Fellows been up to!

Prity Bengani-Lutz TIE Fellow 2016-2017 Headshot_Kurth, Katherine Eric Scott
TIE Fellow 2016-2017 Headshot_Fanous, Jamie Emma Schneider TIE Fellow 2016-2017 Headshot_Yanco, Etsy


“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


Click to view previous annual cohorts by year: