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Department funding

Helen Olson Brower Memorial Fellowship

An endowed fellowship for doctoral student(s) whose research is in the area of environmental studies. 

One award will be made for use during the academic year which will include one semester of stipend, tuition and GradCare benefits. Awardees must send a brief note of thanks and a layperson summary of findings to the Offutt family, the fellowship's sponsor. The competition is typically announced in late January, with a late February deadline for submission.

Edwin H. Edwards Scholarship in Biology

This fellowship is given via a generous bequest of Julia A. Edwards for use in the recruitment of new doctoral students and to support current students whose distinguished performance is considered worthy of special recognition. 

One or two awards will be made for use during the academic year which will include one semester of stipend, tuition and GradCare benefits. The competition is typically announced in late January, with a late February deadline for submission. The scholarship for graduate students studying biology is in memory of Edwin H. Edwards, who received his bachelor of science degree in biology from U-M in 1892.

Curatorial Assistantships in the Museum of Zoology and Herbarium

The Museum of Zoology and Herbarium have a number of graduate assistantships to provide curatorial assistance and training in multiple aspects of museum collection function. 

These valuable opportunities are often focused on particular collections (birds, fishes etc.) but may also focus on cross-taxonomic initiatives, e.g., in informatics. Curatorial assistantships are open to all Ph.D. students who have achieved candidacy. Vacancies will be announced each semester, and applications should be submitted to the EEB graduate coordinator. Interested students should also contact the salient curator(s) and/or collection manager(s) or the director of the UMMZ (Priscilla Tucker) or Herbarium (Chris Dick).

Block Grant Funding

Block grant funding is provided to the EEB department by the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. 

These grants are supplemental to other funding sources and are intended to help advance research completion of graduate degrees. EEB Ph.D. and master's students who are actively engaged in research are eligible to apply. In most cases, students are expected to have completed one year in their respective programs; however, first-year students who are already engaged in research may be considered for an award. The number and amount of block grant awards varies each year, depending on available funding and the number of successful applicants.

Several endowed fellowships are also awarded through the block grant completion process to students who best fit the intentions of the donors. Endowed fellowships include:

The Emma J. Cole Fellowship

A stipend awarded to graduate students in plant biology. This award is based on excellence, merit and financial need. Students are generally allowed to receive this award one time only.

The Peter Olaus Okkelberg Award

Presented to graduate students in broadly defined fields of zoology. Areas of study sponsored are anatomy (including morphology), cytology (including cell biology), and embryology (including developmental biology). The award may be given for research and travel expenses. This award is based on excellence and merit.

The Angeline B. Whittier Fellowship

A stipend awarded to advanced graduate students in plant biology. Students may be considered for both Cole and Whittier Fellowships.

Nancy W. Walls Award for Fieldwork

The Nancy W. Walls Award for fieldwork is awarded to graduate students engaged in
field research with a preference for students studying biodiversity or climate
change issues. Students may apply for this Award as well as the other awards
and fellowships described in this section. This award may be used to cover
research and travel expenses, and will be based on excellence and merit.

Block grant and endowment funding are awarded annually on a competitive basis. Applications and student records are reviewed by the Graduate Affairs Committee as part of the award process and decisions are based on factors such as promise of research, adequacy of research plans, schedule for use of the funds, and past progress. The competition is typically announced at the end of January, with a late February deadline.

UMMZ Awards and Fellowships

Every year, the Museum of Zoology uses its historical endowments, some of which date from the 1940s, to support graduate student research projects and to award scholarships. 

See below a list of current UMMZ scholarships. Note that most of these target research on specific animal groups and/or having an advisor or coadvisor who serves as a curator in the Museum of Zoology, following the wishes of the original donor.

Donald W. Tinkle Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship ($5,000) is awarded on the basis of outstanding performance as a doctoral student.  

Hinsdale & Walker Scholarships. Multiple awards are made each year to support doctoral student research projects.  Individual awards typically range from $1,500 to $4,000.

Mary R. Swales Scholarship. One award of up to $3,000 is available for graduate student research on birds.  

Charles F. Walker Scholarship. A single award of up to $2,500 is available for graduate student field research in herpetology.  

Three UMMZ Ichthyology student awards are available:

1. Hubbs, Carl L. and Laura C. Fellowship

2. Ichthyology Graduate Student Support

3. Miller, Robert R. and Francis H. Endowment

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Matthaei Botanical Gardens Fellowship

Funds from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and endowments at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens are available to support greenhouse or field research by graduate students at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. 

These funds can be used to pay charges required by the Botanical Gardens for use of space or services and for basic supplies related to the growing and care of plants (i.e., pots, soil, etc.). Salaries cannot be funded.

Individual requests for up to $1,000 will be considered, although the actual amount awarded per investigator will depend upon the number of requests received and available funds. The application deadline is announced in early November.

E. S. George Reserve Scholarships

The E. S. George Reserve Scholarships generally include awards of $4000-6000. 

These are in the form of a lump-sum payment that may be used by recipients in whatever manner that will best enhance their research on the E. S. George Reserve (larger amounts possible under exceptional circumstances). To be eligible for an award, a graduate student must have been admitted to candidacy. An announcement of awards takes place in late January and awards are announced in late March. The E. S. George Reserve Advisory Committee evaluates applications and makes decisions regarding awards.. 

Department $250 Research Award

All EEB graduate students may apply to the department for up to $250 each fiscal year for equipment or supplies. 

Request forms are available here or in the graduate office, and must be submitted to the graduate office for review and approval. Copy charges and costs associated with publications (page charges or reprints) are not applicable. There is no carry-over of funds from year to year.

 

Department $400 Conference Travel Award

All EEB graduate students students may apply for one grant of $400 for travel to a conference at which the student presents a paper or a poster.

Request forms are available here or in the graduate office, and must be submitted to the graduate office for review and approval prior to the conference. There is no carry-over of funds from year to year.

Underwood-Alger Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is available to assist graduate and undergraduate students in the biological sciences at the University of Michigan.

Preference is given to female students. Special consideration is given to those applicants who have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen, and whose family situation makes tuition difficult but prevents them from receiving other financial aid. In addition, special consideration is given to applicants who can demonstrate that an ancestor rode on the Mayflower or was an active participant in the Revolutionary War.