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 2022-2023 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.
Detailed program information, including online applications, instructions on how to apply and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs website (see link in title above). Questions should be directed to the NRC to 202-334-2760 or
There are four annual review cycles:
Review Cycle:  August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1
Review Cycle:  November; Opens September 1; Closes November 1
Review Cycle:  February; Opens December 1; Closes February 1

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.

International charitable organizations, private foundations, for-profit businesses, individuals, churches, and religious, charter, and magnet schools are not eligible for grants from the foundation. In addition, grants not awarded for computer or audiovisual equipment purchases or for music or garden programs (or related equipment). Also ineligible for funding are programs and equipment for physical education, recreation, theater performance, hospices or old age homes, political lobbying activities, and voter registration, as well as dinners, balls, and other ticketed events.

For eligibility and application guidelines as well as a list of previous grant recipients, visit the Lawrence Foundation website. Deadline is cyclical/rolling (Apply by April 30 for funding by June 30 or apply by November 1 for funding by December 31). 

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.

For eligibility, application guidelines, and information about previous grant recipients, visit the Ohio Environmental Education Fund website.  Deadline is cyclical/rolling, with two grant cycles annually (deadlines in January and July).


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.

Fellows are competitively selected and fully funded by more than 30 national scientific and engineering organizations. AAAS fellows come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and career stages (recent PhD’s to retired scientists), and work in a variety of program areas and host organizations, including: the personal offices of Members of Congress; committees in the House and Senate; federal government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, and many others. 

The application deadline for these annual fellowships is November 1st each year, for a 1-year fellowship beginning September of the next year.