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National Scholarship Opportunities

American Association of University Women Fellowships (AAUW)
AAUW seeks to advance educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. Fellowship opportunities include: American Fellowships, Career Development Grants, Community Action Grants, International Fellowships and Selected Professions Fellowships.

American Meteorological Society Graduate Fellowship (AMS)
AMS administers fellowships and scholarships to help further the education of outstanding graduate and undergraduate students pursuing a career in the atmospheric and related oceanic or hydrologic sciences.

Association for Women Geoscientists Fellowship (AWG)
AWG is an international organization devoted to enhancing the quality and level of participation of women in geosciences and introducing girls and young women to geoscience careers. AWG offers several scholarships and awards to women pursuing an advanced degree in geosciences.

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)
The DOE CSGF provides outstanding benefits and opportunities for doctoral students in a range of fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex problems in science and engineering. Renewable up to four years, the fellowship also seeks candidates who are researching applied mathematics, statistics or computer science advances that contribute to more effective use of emerging high-performance systems.

Environmental Protection Agency’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships
EPA’s STAR program awards graduate education fellowships for master’s and doctoral level candidates in environmentally related fields of study, including both traditionally recognized environmental disciplines, and other fields such as social anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences. The purpose of the fellowship program is to encourage promising students to obtain advanced degrees and pursue careers in environmental fields. Master’s level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years with funding available, under certain circumstances, over a period of four years.

EnvironmentalScience.org’s mission is to be the most reliable and expansive advocate for environmental science education and careers.  EnvironmentalScience.org provides resources on scholarships, internships and employment in the fields of environmental science and environmental studies, including policy and management.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships
The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximizing the educational benefits of diversity, and increasing the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Fulbright Scholar Program
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Hertz Graduate Fellowship
The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation awards fellowships with the goal of supporting early stage research endeavors of applied physical, biological, and engineering science students who possess the potential to change our world for the better by solving difficult, real-world problems.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
The HSF is the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic higher education. HSF provides fellowship assistance to qualified applicants at all levels of their college education.

Link Foundation—Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation Fellowship Program
The Link Foundation offers one-year fellowships for doctoral students working in the areas of ocean engineering and ocean instrumentation research. This fellowship is administered by the Florida Institute of Technology.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
MBARI’s summer internship program provides an opportunity for talented college students (undergraduate and graduate) and educators to come to MBARI for a period of 10 weeks during the summer to work on a specific project under MBARI staff supervision.

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate level research—particularly by female and minority students—in oceanography, marine biology and maritime archaeology. The program is administered through NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF)
NESSF solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards made will be in the form of training grants with the adviser serving as the principal investigator.
Solicitations for proposals may be found on NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES): nspires.nasaprs.com/external/
NASA also offers internship opportunities: https://intern.nasa.gov/

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships
NDSEG fellowships are awarded to applicants pursuing a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of Department of Defense interest within one of fifteen disciplines in the fields of science and engineering.

National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Graduate Research Fellowship
NERRS is one of the largest graduate programs supported by NOAA. Fellows conduct their research within a National Estuarine Research Reserve and gain hands-on experience. Fellows use reserves as living laboratories to address NERRS natural and social sciences priority issues based on the reserve’s local coastal management needs.

National Science Foundation—East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)
EAPSI awards provide U.S. graduate students in science, engineering, and education: 1) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) an orientation to the society, culture and language. It is expected that EAPSI awards will help students initiate professional relationships to enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts.

National Science Foundation—Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)
The purpose of NSF GRFP is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention (MPOWIR) Internship Program
The goal of the NOAA MPOWIR internship program is to familiarize junior women in the field of physical oceanography with the research conducted at the NOAA labs and to afford NOAA scientists the opportunity to work with a graduate student on a project of joint interest.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
This program provides an opportunity for graduate students to work with hosts in the legislative branch, executive branch, or appropriate associations/institutions located in the Washington, D.C. area. Established in 1979, the fellowship provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Student Opportunities

Throughout the year NOAA offers unique undergraduate and graduate scholarship, fellowship, and internship opportunities in a range of marine and atmospheric disciplines.

North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) Graduate Student Research Awards
NPRB awards are given to encourage students to pursue scientific and scholarly research that addresses management issues in northern seas.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. A New American is an individual who (1) is a resident alien; i.e., holds a Green Card, or, (2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen, or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. Must be younger than 31 years old.

Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellowship
The Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellowship offers merit-based awards for outstanding graduate students to conduct research related to the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. The award is to be used for stipend, tuition, benefits, research costs, and travel. Research may be directed toward the objectives of specific expeditions or address broader themes.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
STRI offers short term (10 week) and full year fellowships to support creative young researchers at critical stages of their careers. Modern facilities in tropical mangrove, forest and marine ecosystems and a thriving research community enable scholars to hone good ideas into brilliant questions. STRI fellows conduct their own research in the context of a 100-year relationship between the Smithsonian and Panama that has resulted in more than 10,000 scholarly publications. Students will benefit from constant exchange that leads to transformational research and seeds new questions about the origins of biodiversity, implications of environmental change, and cultural innovation accompanying shifts in resource use.

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Foundation Scholarships
SEG Foundation scholarships are intended to encourage the study of geophysics and related geosciences to recognize students demonstrating outstanding academic merit. Through the generosity of donors, the SEG Foundation has many different scholarship opportunities.