Fellowships and Grants
Fellowships and scholarships offer fantastic ways to enhance and extend engagement with environmental issues at Northwestern. These programs provide the resources, financial and otherwise, to pursue several opportunities, including laboratory research, travel, research assistantship, independent research, specialized and/or professional study, and graduate education. While scholarships like the Fulbright and the Goldwater are very popular and competitive, smaller, lesser known programs can also be beneficial.
Most of the programs listed below entail extensive application processes that must be initiated far in advance from the application deadlines. Many of the external fellowships, such as the Udall, have an internal selection process by which Northwestern chooses nominees to compete with students from colleges and universities across the country. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that students research fellowship options and their eligibility requirements and applications thoroughly in consultation with the Office of Fellowships.
- Lane Environmental Studies Grant is a special Weinberg grant for environmental research.
- Undergraduate Research Grants (URGs) support independent academic and creative work in all fields of study.
- Circumnavigator's Travel-Study Grant offers an award to travel to at least five countries on five continents to study a topic of choice.
- Weinberg Undergraduate Research Grants provides funding for some students whose proposals are not accepted for URGs.
- NU Public Interest Program is a one-year fellowship for seniors that includes paid public interest work, professional development seminars, and mentorship opportunities.
- Radulovacki Scholars Program for Global Health Research Fellowship and the John & Martha Mabie Public Health Research Fellowship fund national or international public health research projects by current degree-seeking undergraduates. Awards ranging up to $4,000 are given to students with well-designed and creative projects, relevant previous experience and academic merit.
Many of the following grants are administered by Northwestern, and applicants must be nominated. For more information, visit the Office of Fellowships Website.
- Morris K. Udall Scholarship is a substantial award for sophomores and juniors with a demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment.
- Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship offers funding for tuition and expenses for sophomores and juniors studying mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
- Woods Hole Summer Fellowship is a ten-week research internship for juniors and seniors at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
- Hollings Scholarship covers a significant portion of tuition for one year for sophomores majoring in fields relevant to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Includes a ten-week internship.
- NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates support undergraduate research participation in any of the areas funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
- Eckenfelder Scholarship awards juniors majoring in civil, chemical, or environmental engineering or environmental sciences who hope to pursue careers within the environmental industry.