Past Funding Sources


This page is dedicated to archiving past opportunities for Tufts students in fields relating to sustainability and environmental research. For current opportunities, please apply to the Environmental Research Fellowship offered by the Tufts Institute of the Environment and refer to other funding options listed on the resources page.


TIE-SEI Internships

To celebrate the anniversary of the ten years of partnership between Tufts and the Stockholm Environment Institute, SEI and TIE launched a new internship opportunity for Tufts students to participate in SEI initiatives. This opportunity was available for two graduate students, and allowed them to contribute to SEI’s “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Water Efficiency, Productivity and Sustainability in Near East and North Africa (NENA) region Countries” and “Quantifying Air Quality & Climatic Impacts of Household Stoves and Fuels in India” projects. These internship included summer data collection, the possibility to travel overseas, and was fully funded.



Environmental Research Grant

This initiative sought to unite faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students across institutional boundaries by engaging in collaborative work and addressing a critical area of environmental concern. In the summer of 2016, four projects were chosen by TIE Faculty members Alison Robbins, John Durant, Avery Cohn, and Michael Reed.

DOW Sustainability Innovation Award

Tufts leadership in sustainability was recognized by The Dow Chemical Company by selection of Tufts as one of only a few strategic global universities (including Cambridge University, Northwestern University, Peking University, University of California–Berkeley, University of Michigan, and University of Sao Paolo, among others), invited to compete in a yearly Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge. In 2015, its fifth year, this competition was an important component of Dow’s commitment to sustainability.

The submission criteria specified an innovative concept, device, product, process, or system relating to sustainability. Applicants addressed explicitly the extent to which their innovation embodied innovative thinking and excellence in research, potential for solving significant problems, the spirit of Dow’s 2015 Sustainability Goals, and the intellectual creativity of the applicants.

Three Tufts graduate students or graduate student teams were recognized as winners for innovations that targeted broad global sustainability challenges. All degree matriculated post-baccalaureate Tufts students (Masters, Ph.D., or Professional Doctorate) were eligible. A grand prize winner received a $10,000 prize. Each year we recognized the accomplishments of our SISCA winners at a formal awards ceremony.  For a description and photos from past events, click here.


Water: Systems, Science, and Society Fellowships

The WSSS program sponsored research fellowships to encourage and foster interdisciplinary water-related research, to provide financial support to WSSS students for research that will produce scholarship, and to increase participation of WSSS faculty in research projects related to WSSS objectives.