Grants & Funding

Academic Funding

Graduate Associate Positions

Faculty in the Environmental and Social Sustainability Lab of the School of Environment and Natural Resources are seeking high-quality applicants for fellowships, and graduate research and teaching associateships. These Graduate Positions are available at the PhD or MS level for studies in Environmental Social Sciences beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year. Please see our announcement for more information regarding specific areas of interest as well as how to apply.


National Research Council of the National Academies Fellowships

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience.  Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000.  These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S.  Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.


Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities.

Grant Opportunities

Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Available from the NSF, these grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Proposals are judged on the basis of their scientific merit, including the theoretical importance of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question. Due dates vary by discipline so check for full details online.

Lawrence Foundation Accepting Proposals for Environmental, Education, Human Services Projects

The Lawrence Foundation awards grants in support of the environment, education, human services, disaster relief, and other causes. The foundation awards both program and operating grants with no geographic restrictions to nonprofit organizations that qualify for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as public schools and libraries.

Ohio Environmental Education Fund

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency offers grants through the Ohio Environmental Education Fund.  These grants fund environmental education projects in Ohio that target the general public, specific communities regulated by the Ohio EPA, or pre-school through university students and teachers. These awards include mini grants for projects costing up to $5,000 and general grants for projects costing up to $50,000.

Post-Doctoral Opportunities

American Association for the Advancement of Science Policy Fellowships

Science and Technology Policy Fellowships coordinated through AAAS are opportunities to develop skills in applying science to policy, communicate effectively with the public and policy-makers, and contribute to the federal policymaking process.

President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program

The Ohio State University President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program (PPSP) seeks to recognize outstanding young researchers at the university and aid in the recruitment of highly-qualified postdoctoral fellows who will become leaders in their fields.  The program supports further scholarly training of PhDs and terminal degree holders who wish to pursue careers in research and creative expression and provides professional development opportunities and faculty mentoring. Salary support, benefits (health insurance, paid leave), and research-related and program travel expenses will be provided by the Office of the President (OTP) and the scholar’s faculty mentor/sponsor college.

Summer Funding

ICPSR Summer Program

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program offers more than $150,000 in student scholarships every year. ICPSR scholarships provide registration fee waivers for their three-week sessions, a comprehensive methods training program comprising courses in statistics, regression analysis, machine learning, network analysis, longitudinal analysis, time series analysis, formal models, data visualization, and more. The Diversity and Miller Scholarships also provide a living stipend.