Water & Sanitation Student Funding Opportunities

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Graduate Level Funding Opportunities:

For Stanford Graduate Students Only:

Stanford Graduate Fellowship: Three years of support competitively awarded to graduate students in science and engineering.

Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship: Provides three years of support to outstanding doctoral students engaged in interdisciplinary research. It is a competitive university-wide program overseen and administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE).

Stanford Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence: Provides support for doctoral students in their final two years to investigate and prepare for academic careers. Fellowship is targeted at students whose presence will help diversify the professoriate.

Freeman Spogli Institute - Fellowships in Science, Technology, and International Security: Provides eleven months of support at the predoctoral, postdoctoral, and professional levels for research related to critical infrastructure; energy, water, and food security; and security issues related to climate change, among others. Fellowship is open to both Stanford and non-Stanford affiliates.

Graduate Public Service Fellowship Program: In partnership with the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, the Haas Center is continuing the Graduate Public Service (GPS) Fellowship. The program will award fellowships to Stanford graduate students who want to explore and prepare for professorial or other careers in which they will engage in public scholarship and service. 18 fellows will receive $1,000 stipends per quarter for the 2012-2013 academic year.


For All Graduate Students:

Applications due January each year:

American Association of University Women, Selected Professions Fellowships: Awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women's participation traditionally has been low (see list below). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications typically due in January for master's and first professional awards.

American Water Works Association: Various fellowships, four are listed below:

Abel Wolman Fellowship: Designed to support promising doctoral students in the U.S., Canada and Mexico pursuing advanced training and research in the field of water supply and treatment. Support is up to $20,000, renewable for a second year.

Larson Aquatic Research Support: Scholarship provides support for doctoral and masters students interested in careers in the fields of corrosion control, treatment and distribution of domestic and industrial water supplies, aquatic chemistry, and/or environmental chemistry. Support for Masters: $5,000 one-time grant. Support for Doctoral studies: $7,000 one-time grant.

Thomas R. Camp Scholarship: Provides support to outstanding graduate students doing applied research in the drinking water field. Support: $5,000 one-time grant.

Holly Cornell Scholarship: Encourages and supports outstanding female and/or minority masters students in pursuit of advanced training in the field of water supply and treatment. Support: $5,000 one-time grant.

Boren Fellowship: Provides up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP). Covers broad range of topics addressing global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

Switzer Foundation Graduate Fellowships: Supports highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate the potential for leadership in their field. The Fellowship provides a one-year $15,000 cash award for graduate study as well as networking and leadership support to awardees. Applications typically due in January.

Applications due August-October each year:

NSF Graduate Fellowship Program: Provides three years of funding (up to $121,500) for research-focused Masters and PhD degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Applications typically due in November.

American Water Works Association Academic Achievement Award: Recognizes contributions to the field of public water supply. All Masters theses and doctoral dissertations that are relevant to the water supply industry are eligible. The manuscript must reflect the work of a single author and be submitted during the competition year in which it was submitted for the degree. Awards: $1500-3000 for doctoral dissertation, $1500-3000 for master's thesis. Applications typically due in October.

Hertz Fellowship: A fellowship that is renewable for up to five years of support for the graduate education of students of outstanding potential in the applied physical sciences. The intent is to foster the postgraduate studies of students who seem likely to become leaders in scientific and technological advances, exemplars of teaching skills in the applied physical sciences, and key contributors to the technological capability on which the well-being of the United States depends. Applicants must have received a bachelor's degree by the time the Fellowship begins and must intend to complete a program of graduate study leading to an advanced degree. Applications are accepted from students who have already commenced graduate study. The annual stipend is $31,000 for Option 1 (with full tuition equivalent and renewable for up to five years) and $36,000 for Option 2 (provides for two years of stipends and tuition equivalent then is reduced to $3,000 supplemental annual stipend for the following three years during which the Awardee must accept a Fellowship from another source).

Applications due November/December each year:

American Association of University Women, American Fellowships: Support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations and scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave or for preparing completed research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. One-year postdoctoral research leave fellowships, dissertation fellowships, and summer/short-term research publication grants are offered. Award ranges between $6000 (summer) to $30,000 (one-year postdoctoral leave). Applications typically due in November.

American Association of University Women, International Fellowships: Awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported. Several of fellowships are available for study outside of the U.S. for members of the International Federation of University women. Support ranges from $18,000 to $30,000. Applications typically due in early December.

American Association of University Women, Selected Professions Fellowships: Awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women's participation traditionally has been low (see list below). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications typically due in December for dissertation awards.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs: Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs that include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, urban planning, and women’s studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice. Stipend: $21,00, and expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows.

NDSEG: The Department of Defense supports the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, which covers tuition and required fees for three years. It also provides a yearly stipend up to $31,500. Applications typically due in January.

SMART: Another Department of Defense (DoD) education opportunity. The application for the Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation Defense Scholarship for Service Program (SMART) is now open. SMART is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be employed upon degree completion at a DoD research facility. Scholarships awarded include a cash award of $25,000 to $41,000 a year, full tuition, required fees, health insurance allowance, and book allowance. SMART will allow individuals to acquire an education in exchange for a period of employment with the DoD.

US EPA STAR Program: Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years with funding available, under certain circumstances, over a period of four years. The fellowship program provides up to $37,000 per year of support. Applications typically due in October.

UC-Irvine: list of scholarships/fellowship for graduates and undergraduates



Undergraduate Level Funding Opportunities:

For Stanford Undergraduate Students Only:

CEE 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Program: The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is pleased to invite applications for its 2012 undergraduate research program. The program is geared primarily to support full-time research appointments over the 2012 summer session. Deadline: Feb 24, 2012.

MUIR Woods: The Mentoring Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Program through the Woods Institute for the Environment is pleased to provide student stipends to Stanford undergraduates to conduct interdisciplinary environmental research during summer 2012.

VPUE Funding: Extensive list of scholarship and fellowship opportunities. Not all are limited to Stanford students.

Haas Center: Extensive list of public service oriented opportunities. Not all are limited to Stanford students.

Stanford Undergraduate Human Rights Fellowship: Through the Center for Ethics and Society. Summer research funding open to continuing Stanford students.



For All Undergraduate Students:

Clair A. Hill Scholarship: As the recipient of ACWA's 2010 Clair A. Hill Award for excellence in water management and innovation, ACWD is privileged to administer the Scholarship which will be awarded to a deserving student. Application forms can be found on ACWD's website and on ACWA's website. Applications due in January.

Environmental Engineers of the Future: The Environmental Engineers of the Future funding program is sponsored by public and private organizations that believe students entering the workforce with a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering are vital to address challenging environmental and infrastructure needs throughout the U.S.

Kelly Engineering Resources: Specializing in engineering recruiting and career placement, the annual Future Engineers Scholarship Program provides engineering students with the opportunity to compete for a $5,000 scholarship based on academic performance and a written essay.

Frugal Dad Undergraduate Scholarship: Selection will be based on academic history, extracurricular involvement, and ingenuity of essay entries. $5,000 non-renewable.

Haas Center: Extensive list of public service oriented opportunities. Not all are limited to Stanford students.

VPUE Funding: Extensive list of scholarship and fellowship opportunities. Not all are limited to Stanford students.

National Council for Science and the Environment: NCSE’s Campus to Careers Program is dedicated to providing environmentally-motivated students with the tools necessary to pursue careers in the non-profit, governmental and private sectors.