Delaware Environmental Institute
Fellowships and Scholarships
This webpage provides links to about 24 scholarship and fellowship opportunities, as well as some internships, for students at all points in their education, particularly for those interested in coastal, marine, and environmental management or research, including:
— Coastal Management Fellowship
— Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
— Woods Hole Partnership Education Program
— National Coral Reef Management Fellowship
— many others
The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Since 2003, IBP has connected underrepresented students with STEM funding and research opportunities and has provided faculty and administrators with tools and resources to help promote the positive factors that keep underrepresented students on the STEM pathway into successful STEM careers. The institute's website provides a wealth of resources for students seeking scholarships, fellowships, and internships.
The William Avarette Anderson Fund was created to expand advanced studies in the field of disaster and hazard research and mitigation within minority communities with the initial focus on increasing the number of African American scientists, practitioners and policy makers. Eligibility is based on (1) the graduate student's commitment to the mission of the William A. Anderson Fund; (2) the student must be African American or a member of another historically underrepresented group in the field, or from a community disproportionately affected by hazards or disasters and a U.S. citizen; and (3) the student should be newly enrolled in a Ph.D. program or either in or finishing their first year in a Ph.D. program.
Must attend Delaware State University or another of NOAA’s EPP/MSI Cooperative Science Centers as a full-time student in an accredited graduate degree program. Additional requirements include minimum GPA 3.5 for the duration of financial support; U.S. citizenship; undergraduate degree in STEM; enrolled in an M.S. or Ph.D. program and matriculated in STEM discipline that directly supports NOAA’s mission; completed one academic term of graduate coursework.
List of links to about 50 federally funded opportunities in a variety of agencies for grad students in STEM fields. Agencies include the National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Defense (DOD), and many more.
The Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed graduate studies (degree awarded) within the last five years may apply. Areas of study may include any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, engineering, law/business/public administration or relevant interdisciplinary fields. Fellows receive a stipend.
The long-term aim of the fellowship is to build a global pool of research leaders and encourage long-term international collaboration with the UK. The fellowships cover the broad range of physical, natural and social sciences, and the humanities. They provide grants of £24,000 annually to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 annually to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000. In addition, Newton Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per year for up to 10 years following the completion of the fellowship. Applicants must have a sponsor in the UK.
High school seniors and current college undergraduates are encouraged to apply, regardless of academic standing or socioeconomic status. Applicants must write an essay explaining, “What’s your vision for the future and how will your college experience play a role in your impact?” Students must answer in 500 words or less. The True Eye Experts Scholarship looks to support young visionaries to create the change they wish to see in the world.
This scholarship goes to a Delaware resident who is a senior in a Delaware high school or a returning veteran of the U.S. armed services applying to an accredited junior college, college, or university. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or greater, major in an environmental field of study, and demonstrate an interest in the environment.
This scholarship recognizes outstanding students studying in NOAA mission fields. Student scholars receive up to $9,500 per academic year to support their studies, as well as paid summer internship opportunities at NOAA facilities across the country. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen, be a full-time 2nd- or 3rd-year college student in the U.S., maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, and major in oceanic, environmental, biological, or atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, or a related field. Applications are available in September.
The Delaware Solid Waste Authority grants one award of $2,500 and one award of $1,500 annually. The awards are renewable for up to three additional years if a 3.0 GPA is maintained. To be eligible, you must be a legal resident of Delaware and a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen who is a high school senior or full-time college student in your freshman or sophomore year. Applicants must major in either environmental engineering or environmental sciences at a Delaware college.
Each year the Brower Youth Awards recognizes six young people in North America for their achievements in environmental fields, more specifically environmental justice advocacy. The award is open to those activists (ages 13-22) who demonstrate true leadership and have made a positive environmental or social impact with a specific project. Each of the six recipients of the Brower Youth Awards will receive a $3,000 cash prize, a professionally produced short film about their work from an Emmy award–winning film crew, and flight and lodging accommodations for a week-long trip to the San Francisco Bay area. During their stay in California, the recipients will participate in a camping trip, leadership activities, speaking and media engagements, and trainings and environmental conferences, giving them a chance to meet with mentors and peers. The week of activities culminates in the awards ceremony in front of more than 900 guests in San Francisco in October.
List of links to about 80 federally funded opportunities in a variety of agencies for undergraduate students in STEM fields. Agencies include the National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Defense (DOD), and many more.
The UDall Foundation seeks sophomore and junior level students who are pursuing a career related to the environment. In 2012, the Foundation expects to award 80 scholarships of up to $5,000 for and 50 honorable mentions of $350. Scholarships go towards tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses. Though any students committed to an environmental career may apply, only Native Americans and Alaska natives can apply in the topic of tribal public policy or Native American health care. Each year, the University of Delaware can nominate 6 students for the application process. For more information and applications, contact Sue Serra, 831-3188, in the Office of Service Learning before early February, as she coordinates UD's nominations.
Approximately 60 merit-based scholarships are awarded annually to juniors who have outstanding leadership potential, plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service and plan to attend graduate school. The scholarship provides up to $30,000. Candidates must be full-time, junior-level students and must compete according to their legal residence. They should be very active in public and community service, be committed to careers in the public sector, have outstanding leadership potential, and possess intellectual strength, communication skills and analytical abilities. Candidates must be nominated by their institution, so please contact Kristin Bennighoff at UD (or the faculty representative at your university) for internal application deadlines.
Approximately 300 scholarships of up to $7,500 each are awarded annually to rising juniors and seniors who have outstanding potential and plan to pursue Ph.D. degrees and research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates must be nominated by their institution, so please contact Lauren Barsky at UD (or the faculty representative at your university) for internal application deadlines.
The foundation selects up to 50 community college transfer students each year and awards each scholar up to $30,000 annually to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Students must be nominated by the faculty representative at their two-year institution; at Delaware Tech these are Melissa Rakes (Owens campus), Joe Scott (Stanton campus), and Lester Link (Terry campus).