Environment and Resources Research Awards

Eligibility Criteria
Students must be enrolled in the Environment and Resources MS/PhD program.

Donor Information
These awards are made possible by generous donations to the Nelson Institute’s scholarship funds.

Award Information
As a pilot program in Spring 2024, Environment and Resources graduate students may request funds for summer support, research expenses, and travel essential to the completion of their graduate program. Although the Nelson Institute may not be able to fund all applicants, or offer the maximum amount requested in each application, all Environment and Resources students with summer support/research/travel needs are encouraged to apply. Travel for this award is expected to occur either during the spring/summer of 2024 or during the 2024-2025 academic year (completed by mid-May of 2025).

Approximately $10,000 is available to be awarded during the Spring 2024 application period. The amount of each award will vary.

Applicants will be notified regarding their application by early April.

As a condition of award acceptance, each awardee is required to:

  • Submit a thank you letter or note to the donors who support these awards.
  • Submit a follow-up summary report detailing how the award contributed to their project (this should be submitted within 30 days of completing the proposed research/travel/summer support).

Application Information
Students will submit a short 2-3 page proposal, briefly outlining their whole project and highlighting the specific tasks to be accomplished with the requested funding. Proposals should include 1) an abstract in accessible language (500 words maximum), and 2) a project description, including specific objectives and significance.

Applications will also include a budget (using the template here), CV, letter from the student’s advisor, and information about the student’s progress and activities.

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Supplemental Questions
  1. Upload your 2-3 page proposal.
  2. Upload your budget using the template available here: https://uwmadison.box.com/s/g4c2e7jkfsn4qjy33wwt7bl25n1fn0e1
  3. Upload your CV.
  4. Provide the name and email address of your thesis or dissertation advisor. Your advisor will be contacted to provide a letter of recommendation.
  5. To aid in matching projects to available funds, does your project address transformative education, public environmental literacy, or outreach to diverse stakeholder groups (e.g., agricultural or business leadership) related to environmental issues in the United States or Canada?
  6. Please check which Environment & Resources program milestones you have completed:
  7. Please indicate how you have funded your graduate program, including the number of semesters as a TA, RA, PA, Fellow, or unfunded.
  8. Please describe your service on Nelson Institute committees and involvement with Nelson Institute activities and programming.
  9. Please describe any community engagement activities you have been involved in as a graduate student.
  10. Is there any additional information you would like to provide? If you would like, you may also include a statement of need here.
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