Research Funding Resources for Graduate Students

1. Charles Elias Shepard Scholarship for Graduate Study
The Charles E. Shepard Scholarship provides funding toward graduate school tuition and/or expenses for students pursuing a masters or PhD. Applicants must have a superior record of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise (past winners typically have cumulative GPAs of 3.8 or above, with an average of 3.922), as well as other indicators of substantive intellectual accomplishment (research awards, departmental awards, independent research, publications, etc.). Applicants must also have a demonstrated ability to complete with distinction a graduate program ranked among the best for the discipline/ focus. Seniors and alumni from any Emory University undergraduate program, including those in Emory College, Goizueta Business School, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Emory School of Medicine, are eligible to apply for the Shepard Scholarship.

2. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP):
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering.  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.

3. Explorers Club:
The Explorers Clubis proud of its history but also looks toward the future, recognizing the importance of new ideas and avenues of exploration. The Club is deeply committed to supporting the fieldwork of serious researchers and, as part of its public service commitment, offers the following grants:

• The Youth Activity Fund Grant supports high school students and college undergraduates. Its goal is to foster a new generation of explorers dedicated to the advancement of the scientific knowledge of our world. Awards range from $500 to $5,000. We recommend keeping your budget realistic. The average award is approximately $1,500. Only a few grants may be awarded at the $5,000 level.

• The Exploration Fund Grant is for graduate, post-graduate, doctorate and early career post-doctoral students. It provides grants in support of exploration and field research for those who are just beginning their research careers. Awards range from $500 to $5,000. We recommend keeping your budget realistic. The average award is approximately $2,500. Only a few grants may be awarded at the $5,000 level.

4. Sigma Xi:
The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering.

5. National Geographic Early Career Grant:
An Early Career Grant application is a request for funding that offers less experienced individuals an opportunity to lead a project. Applicants are not required to have an advanced degree. Applications should be submitted at least four months before the project start date. We accept applications on a rolling basis and usually make decisions within four months.

Grants are typically funded for less than US $5,000. We will consider requests for up to US $10,000.

6. EPA’s STAR Fellowships:
EPA's STAR graduate fellowship program supports masters and doctoral candidates in environmental studies. Each year, students in the United States compete for STAR fellowships through a rigorous review process. Students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as social anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences. Since the program began in 1995, EPA has awarded approximately 1,884 STAR fellowships to students in every state and most territories. Fellowships have helped educate new academic researchers, government scientists, science teachers, and, environmental engineers.

STAR fellowships are intended to help defray the ever-increasing costs associated with studies leading to advanced degrees in environmental sciences. The actual amount awarded per year will vary depending on the amount of tuition and fees and the number of months the stipend is needed.

Benefits of an EPA STAR Fellowship include: Up to $42,000 per year of, including $12,000 per year for tuition and fees, $25,000 per year in a monthly stipend, and an annual expense allowance of $5,000. Masters level students can receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students can be supported for a maximum of three years with funding available, under certain circumstances, over a period of four years.

7. Rocky Mountain Conservancy:
Each year the Rocky Mountain Conservancy and Rocky Mountain National Park co-sponsor a research fellowship opportunity for one graduate level student to spend three to four months conducting research in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Rocky Mountain Research Fellowship is an endowed program funded by the Leslie Fidel Bailey Charitable Trust. It is designed to encourage highly qualified graduate students to apply their talents to conducting research in the national parks.

Rocky Mountain National Park is a “Crown Jewel” of the National Park System with a reputation for innovation in research and interpretive programs.The RMNP Research Fellowship is an endowed program funded by the Leslie Fidel Bailey Charitable Trust. It is designed to encourage highly qualified graduate students to apply their talents to conducting research in the national parks. It is also intended to convey the importance of communicating park research to the public. One fellowship is awarded annually.

This fellowship opportunity invites a broad range of research proposals to be reviewed and conducted in Rocky Mountain National Park, including wildlife management, vegetation and riparian studies, fire ecology, cultural sciences, archeology and historic structures preservation, as well as other topics in botany, zoology, geology, history, ecology and ornithology.

The graduate student awarded the Research Fellowship will work with Rocky Mountain National Park staff for a period of three to four months. Applicants must submit a preliminary research proposal and the chosen fellow will be expected to convey research finding to the general public as well as to professional audiences.

8.  MASNA (Marine Aquarium Societies of North America):
$4,000 scholarship for graduate study in marine science

9. Huyck Research Grants:
The Huyck Preserve is a non-profit, independent field station with no formal university affiliation, supported by members and endowments. Huyck Research Grant awards are distributed each year to regional, national, and international applicants. The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station awards four to five Huyck Research Grants each year to selected scientists and graduate students. Over the last several decades, more than $250,000 in grants have been awarded to support research conducted at the Huyck Preserve. (Rensselarville, NY)

10. Garden Club of America Scholarships:
The GCA now offers 27 merit based scholarships, fellowships and awards in the areas of horticulture and its related disciplines, botany, including medicinal and tropical, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research.

11. U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science:
The SCGSR program provides opportunities for graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory, in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist. The SCGSR research projects are expected to advance the graduate awardee’s overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. (ONLY PhD students are eligible)

12.  Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships:
Annie’s scholarship program assists undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in sustainable and organic agriculture.

13.  AASHE Student Research on Campus Sustainability Awards:
Each year at their annual conference, AASHE bestows its prestigious Sustainability Awards on the institutions and individuals that are leading higher education to a sustainable future. The awards program provides a vehicle for the higher education community to celebrate outstanding achievements and progress toward sustainability.

The awards categories are:

  • Campus Sustainability Achievement Awards (three awards given)
  • Campus Sustainability Research Awards (three awards given)
  • Student Sustainability Leadership Award (one award given)

14. Oak Ridge National Laboratory:
 Higher Education Research Experiences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (HERE at ORNL) provides research opportunities and associated activities for thesis or dissertation research. The program is designed to complement academic programs by utilizing the unique resources of ORNL to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, encourage careers in science and technology, and improve scientific literacy, while at the same time contributing to the Laboratory mission.

15. American Institute of Biological Sciences: Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award:
Each year, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in science policy. Recipients obtain first-hand experience at the interface of science and public policy.

16. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program:
This program recognizes outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate level research -- particularly by female and minority students -- in NOAA mission-related sciences of oceanography, marine biology and maritime archaeology, including all science, engineering and resource management of ocean and coastal areas. Scholarship selections are based on academic excellence, letters of recommendations, research and career goals and financial need. Applications usually available in October.

17. CUAHSI: Universities Allied for Water Research:
Graduate training in water science often focuses on a single field site, analytical, or modeling approach. The CUAHSI Pathfinder Fellowship program provides travel funds to graduate students in water science to make an extended trip to conduct and enhance their research. Fellowships are awarded to cover travel costs up to a maximum of $5000.This opportunity allows students to travel to an additional field site to conduct comparative research, collaborate with a research group, or work with researchers on adding an inter-disciplinary dimension to a water science project.

19.  Soros Fellowships for New Americans:

  • Thirty Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans will be awarded on the basis of a single national competition.
  • Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States. 
  • Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition and fees or 50% of required tuition and fees/year.
  • The program promotes a strong sense of community among Soros Fellows through fall conferences and other activities for fellows receiving financial support and numerous events held throughout the country for fellows receiving financial support and numerous events held throughout the country for fellows who are no longer receiving financial support.
  • To be eligible, you must be:
  • A New American (a naturalized citizen, green card holder or DACA recipient if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country).
  • Not yet 31 years old, as of the application deadline.
  • A college senior or holder of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Not beyond your second year – if already enrolled – in the graduate degree program for which you request support.