Funding for Students

The Environmental Science and Policy Program (ESPP) is an umbrella for environmental research and graduate education at Michigan State University, working together with colleges and departments in a collaborative manner to solve environmental problems. We offer a dual major doctoral degree in Environmental Science and Policy, a Graduate Specialization in Environmental Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Social Systems Modeling. To recruit top interdisciplinary students and support their education and research at ESPP, we offer the following fellowships and awards to ESPP students.

1. Recruiting Fellowship | Due February 1

ESPP offers a limited number of Recruiting Fellowships to new students who are admitted to a Ph.D. program at MSU for the Fall semester and are interested in earning a dual major doctoral degree in Environmental Science and Policy. To attract high-quality applicants to MSU, the one-time $5000 fellowship can be added to the fellowship or scholarship that the student receives from the primary Ph.D. program to make the total offer more competitive against offers from other universities that the student might have received. Graduate Program Directors can identify potential applicants and submit the fellowship nomination to ESPP. The application package, including the 1) nomination form filled by the department 2) dual major doctoral degree application form filled out by the student, and 3) a copy of the student's application to their primary program, should be submitted to ESPP (espp@msu.edu) by February 1. The Graduate Program Council (GPC) will review all nominations and make recommendations as early as possible to help with recruiting the student.


2. Summer Research Fellowship | Due February 1

ESPP will be offering summer research fellowships. The goal of the program is to provide funding to ESPP students to support the next generation of scientists and to advance work in environmental science and policy at Michigan State University. The Summer Fellowship provides funds to be used to enhance the educational and research experience of ESPP students. Recipients of the Fellowship will be expected to present their research as part of the ESPP Research Symposium, which will take place in the fall. Each Fellowship will provide funding of $1,500 for the summer. Additional amounts may be available through special requests and evaluation. Applications are now open and are due February 1. More details about the Summer Research Fellowship can be found at https://espp.msu.edu/research/summer-research-fellowships.html


3. ESPP Outstanding Student Publication Award | Due February 1

The ESPP Outstanding Student Publication Award (OSPA) is created to recognize excellence in research addressing environmental science and policy, published in peer-reviewed journals, and lead or sole authored by a student currently enrolled in the Environmental Science and Policy Program’s (ESPP) Dual Major Doctoral Degree, Graduate Specialization in Environmental Policy, and Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Social Systems Modeling. 

Click here to download the ESPP Outstanding Student Publication Award Call for Nominations. 

 


4. ESPP Competitive Research Grant | Due November 15

The ESPP Competitive Research Grant (CRG) is designed to support interdisciplinary student research at the intersection of environmental science and policy. We anticipate awarding two $4,000 grants to student researchers or research teams. Expenses should directly support the student’s research; allowable expenses include travel, software, instrumentation costs, and participant support costs. If travel is included, it must be approved prior to anticipated travel dates. Equipment (e.g., computers, printers, scanners) is not an allowable expense for these funds. Students may not combine these fellowships with other fellowships from the College of Social Science.

Click here to download the CRG Call for Proposals. 


5. ESPP Community Engagement Award | Due November 15

The ESPP Community Engagement Award (CEA) is designed to recognize student efforts to directly engage with affected communities. The environmental science and policy-relevant research, creative, or teaching activity within which the engagement occurs need not be led by the student, but the application should detail the student’s specific contribution and commitment to community engagement. Self-nominations are encouraged. 

Click here to download the ESPP CEA Call for Nominations. 


6. ESPP Leadership and Mentorship Award | Due November 15

The ESPP Leadership and Mentorship Award (LMA) is designed to recognize student leadership or mentorship efforts at the nexus of environmental science and policy. The environmental science and policy-relevant research, creative, or teaching activity within which the leadership or mentorship occurs need not be led by the student, but the application should detail the student’s specific contribution and commitment to leadership and mentorship or other students. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Click here to download the ESPP Leadership and Mentorship Award Call for Nominations.