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

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TIE's graduate research fellowship can be used to conduct independent, interdisciplinary environmental research projects. This is an opportunity for students to conduct primary data collection within their own area of interest and obtain mentorship and guidance from Tufts faculty and TIE staff to help build research expertise.

Funding: up to $5,000 per student to cover costs related to equipment, travel, living stipends for data collection, data analysis, and other supplies. 

About the Fellowship

The TIE Environmental Research Fellowship aims to:

  • Financially support Tufts University graduate students in conducting environmental research;
  • Provide greater visibility and recognition for exceptional graduate students and their environmental work;
  • Develop cross-university relationships between student, staff, and faculty researchers; and,
  • Encourage interdisciplinary collaborations that lead to better solutions to environmental problems.

Benefits of the Fellowship

This is an opportunity for students to conduct primary data collection within their interest, while gaining mentorship and guidance from Tufts faculty and TIE staff to help build research expertise. New TIE Fellows will join more than 100 Tufts students and alumni who have participated in this fellowship since 2002. Additionally, retreats, research workshops and presentations are organized by and for the TIE Fellows so that the students can build skills and expand professional networks.

Eligibility for Application

To be eligible for the fellowship program, applicants must be:

  • Currently matriculated in a Tufts University graduate school,
  • Continuing their studies throughout the upcoming academic year; and,
  • Committed to implementing the proposed research.

Research Project Criteria

The research proposed must:

  • Directly relate to TIE’s mission, i.e. it would need to be:
    • Environmental in nature;
    • Interdisciplinary by design; and,
    • Timely and important for the environmental topic chosen;
  • Be achievable within the timeline and budget of the proposal;
  • Include faculty mentors from at least two different departments, in order to strengthen the interdisciplinary nature of the research project;
  • Be independent of on-going projects of faculty members (i.e. the project should be initiated, conducted, and completed by the applicant); and
  • Have all IRB or IACUC approvals and permits (if applicable) in place before the research begins.

Fellowship Commitments

  • Attendance at six specific events:
    1. The Spring orientation brunch for your cohort;
    2. The Fall retreat for all fellows in your cohort;
    3. A Winter formal recognition dinner for all current fellows, current faculty advisors, and recent alumni;
    4. One or more research workshops organized by and for your cohort;
    5. One or more presentations given by other TIE fellows within your cohort, and;
    6. The Spring orientation brunch for the new cohort of incoming fellows.
  • Preliminary results submitted in poster format in advance of the Fall formal recognition dinner.
  • Final results submitted in final report format by the end of the concluding spring semester. *A publication, thesis, or dissertation based on the fellowship may be accepted in lieu of the final report.
  • Presentation of preliminary or final results to the greater Tufts community during the academic year. The TIE Coordinator must be notified at least 2 weeks in advance of the presentation in order to disseminate the presentation details to the other fellows.
  • Participation in the ongoing evaluation of the TIE Fellowship program.
  • Collaboration with TIE’s communications team to develop communication pieces of your research for public view.
  • Acknowledgment of TIE’s support for research completed during the fellowship. TIE's support must be acknowledged in any form of dissemination, including, but not limited to, publication, poster or oral presentations, and website postings.

Program Highlights

Spring Brunch: 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 fellows-only retreat to share their experiences on research conducted over the summer. The event brings together fellows from across multiple disciplines to exchange ideas and provide feedback on the challenges faced in their projects.

Winter Banquet: 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 professional 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.

Proposal Application Requirements

Proposal: Download the application form below. Be careful to note all of the appendices required with submission. Also note that the two faculty advisers who agree to support your research must sign the completed application form before submission.

Budget: The budget summary must be detailed. It must itemize all expenses for the proposed project, and include all sources of funding. Budgetary stipulations include: (i) Personal summer stipends cannot exceed $1,500 on any proposal; (ii) Realistic budget item estimations must be used. For equipment and travel purchases, a quotation should be solicited. When estimating daily travel costs, and other online estimation services should be used to estimate local, equivalent cost estimates. Please include a detailed description of each budget line item within the notes section.


  • Applicants are selected by an interdisciplinary selection committee comprised of Tufts faculty.
  • TIE reserves the right to adjust the requested budgets of successful applicants when offering Fellowship awards.
  • Upon acceptance of the TIE Fellowship funds awarded, the recipient agrees to fulfill the objectives of the proposed project.

Application form and Guidelines for the 2019-2020 TIE Fellows Program:

The application period for 2019-2020 is now closed, but look here for the 2020-2021 program, which will be opened in December 2019.

Questions? Contact Jill Parlee, Assistant Director for Programs


For a list of all past and current fellows and a description of their research, click below.