External Funding Opportunities

This list is by no means comprehensive. If you come across an environmentally-related funding opportunity that you think might be exciting to users of our website, please send it to us for posting.

The Office of the Vice Provost also offers a number of funding links and resources.

Graduate Funding


Science to Achieve Results (STAR) research grants
NCER’s Science to Achieve Results or STAR program funds research grants and graduate fellowships in numerous environmental science and engineering disciplines through a competitive solicitation process and independent peer review. The program engages the nation’s best scientists and engineers in targeted research that complements EPA’s own outstanding intramural research program and those of our partners in other federal agencies.

Planning and Urban Form Research Fellowships
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Department of Planning and Urban Form seek research proposals that address the theme of climate change, including; the effect of urban density, connectivity, and mix of land uses on greenhouse gas emissions; regional planning responses to climate change, as are currently being implemented in California; managing the risks presented by extreme weather, including increased flooding, wildfires, drought, and exacerbation of the urban heat island effect.

National Science Foundation Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education
This program provides funding for graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to bring their leading research practice and findings into K-12 learning settings. Through collaboration with other graduate fellows and faculty from STEM disciplines, teachers and students in K-12 environments, and community partners, graduate students can gain deeper understanding of their own research and place it within a societal and global context.

Global Exchange Program Junior Fellowship
The Deshpande Foundation has short term opportunities for individuals interested in gaining experience in exciting and growing organizations: The Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship (DCSE) and other nonprofits based in the Sandbox of Innovation (in Hubli, Karnataka). Opportunities available in cost/benefit analysis, teaching,documentation, monitoring and evaluation, curriculum design and more. Time frame between 5-6 months. These opportunities are unpaid, but a very modest stipend is provided in addition to housing. If this is something that interests you, please send an email with your resume and cover letter to gep@deshpandefoundation.org, outlining your skills and areas of interest along with the time period. Junior fellowships are available year round.

Tufts Graduate Education Scholarships and Fellowships
The Office of Graduate Studies at Tufts University coordinates funding for individuals interested in research and teaching at the college/university level. Funding opportunities include expenses tied with research, conference travel, and training for classroom teaching.

Undergraduate Funding


Udall Scholarship
The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation awards scholarships of up to $5,000 to sophomore and junior level students pursuing careers in the environment, tribal public policy, and Native American health care. With an annual gathering in Tuscon, Arizona, the scholarship provides the opportunity to meet with fellow scholars, elected officials, and environmental leaders in the four-day Udall Scholars Orientation.

Tufts Environmental Studies Internships
The Environmental Studies Program coordinates paid and unpaid internships for students seeking hands-on experience outside of the classroom. Internships involve at least 100 hours of service completed in the summer or during the school year. Sponsors have included Green Corps, the Student Conservation Association and the New England Aquarium.
Click here for more information on additional opportunities through the program.

Tufts Undergraduate Education Scholarship and Fellowships
The Office of Undergraduate Education at Tufts University offers a variety of external scholarships and fellowship opportunities to students in different years and disciplines.

Postdoctoral Funding


Sustainability Solutions Initiative Postdoctoral Fellows Program at the University of Maine
The University of Maine is seeking Postdoctoral Sustainability Science Fellows for a research program that integrates coupled natural and human systems modeling, stakeholder engagement, and solutions-oriented research activity. Organized under a theme of landscape change, SSI supports multiple research projects focused on urbanization, forest ecosystem management, and climate change. The postdoctoral fellows will participate in ongoing team projects and SSI-wide research activities.

Environmental Fellows Program at Harvard University
The Harvard University Center for the Environment seeks research projects that address complex environmental problems and challenges facing society. Promoting interdisciplinary projects in science, economics, law, government, public policy and the humanities, this two-year co-curricular program is organized to ensure communication between fellows and their work. Fellows will work with host faculty members as mentors for his or her research, providing office space and basic administrative support.

Other Funding Resources


Tufts Office of Research Administration Research Funding

American Water Works Association Career Center

National Academy of Science Fellowships

National Council for Science and the Environment Internships