Always check the funding source website for the most up-to-date information.


American Association for the Advancement of Science – fellowships

California Sea Grant Fellowships – NOAA sponsored fellowships in population ecology and policy

EPA STAR Fellowship

Ford Fellowship – (priority to) Minorities working on research-based graduate degree

George Melendez Wright Fellowship – work in National Parks

Graduate Women in Science Fellowship – $10,000 for female researchers in the natural sciences

Hertz Foundation Fellowships – applied science in environmental issues

National Physical Science Consortium – especially for women and minorities in science

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program

US Department of Home Land Security Graduate Fellowships

Wilderness Society’s Gloria Barron Fellowship

Smaller Research Grants

Lewis & Clark Fund from the American Philosophical Society – $5,000 start up money for travel and personal field supplies

National Geographic Young Explorers Grant – $5,000 for travel and supplies. For students under 25 years of age.

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) – $15,000 to improve or add onto your dissertation work

NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) – $5000 summer stipend for studying in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan

Sigma Xi, Grants in Aid of Research – $1,000 for research supplies

Society for Systematic Biology (SSB) Awards for Graduate Student Research – $1,200-$2,000 to assist in initiation of systematics projects. Must be in first 2 years of grad school.

Society for Systematic Biology Mini-ARTS Awards – $3,000 for revisionary taxonomy and systematics (students, post-docs, and faculty can apply)

Systematics Research Fund – $1,500-$2,000 for systematics research related to fieldwork expenditure, scientific equipment, or buying time on analytical equipment

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial grant at AMNH – $3,500 supports fieldwork on North American fauna related to wildlife conservation or natural history

Western SARE Graduate Student Grants in Sustainable Agriculture – $25,000 for research and education in sustainable agriculture studies

Travel Grants

USDA-AFRI Student Travel Grant for Entomology Society of America meeting

Grants Specific to UCB & ESPM

Berkeley Chapter of Sigma Xi, Grants in Aid of Research – $500 for research supplies

Divisional Support from Insect Biology at UC Berkeley

IMSD Graduate Fellows Program – provides an annual salary of $25,500, payment of tuition and fees, annual research supply award of $1000, and a travel award of $1000

Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants – Grants up to $3000 for graduate students from any discipline who would like to conduct research at a UC Reserve Station.

Pac-Rim Grants

The Robert van den Bosch Scholarship in Biological Control – scholarships & travel grants

Rotary Club of Berkeley Scholarships for study abroad

UCB Graduate Fellowships – Graduate Division list of fellowship opportunities and deadlines

UC Mexus Grants – $12,000 maximum for 2 years – for projects that involve meaningful collaboration with a Mexican institution and/or a Mexican scientist or scholar; or that address issues of importance to Mexico and/or the Mexican-origin population in California and/or the United States

Walker Grant for research in systematics (pdf)

Woodworth Loan for research in entomology (pdf)


GrantsNet – Free grant database searching service

Environmental Research and Education Foundation