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Fellowship and Awards Opportunities at ESPP

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

ESPP offers a limited number of Recruiting Fellowships to new students who are admitted to a Ph.D. program at MSU for Fall 2022 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 1) nomination form filled by the department 2) dual major doctoral degree application form filled by the student, 3) Copy of student's application to their primary program, should be submitted to ESPP ( by February 1, 2022. 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

ESPP will be offering summer research fellowships for 2022. 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 2022 ESPP Research Symposium, which will take place in the fall of 2022. Each Fellowship will provide funding of $1,500 for the summer of 2022. Additional amounts may be available through special requests and evaluation. Applications are now open and are due February 1, 2022. More details about the Summer Research Fellowship can be found at

3. Student Awards

ESPP recently established annual student awards to recognize excellence in 1) student-led publications, 2) leadership, and 3) community engagement. Details about these awards, including the nomination process and evaluation criteria, will be announced in February 2022.