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Student Research Fellowships

We invite graduate and advanced undergraduate students from any institution to apply to conduct their research at the University of Michigan Biological Station.  We are are an optimal location for research in ecology and evolutionary biology, as well as atmospheric chemistry.  We have a variety of habitats on our near Station property and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for data collection and analysis.  For many research sites, we have long-term or historical data sets for baseline or reference points.

Additionally, alumni gifts and University sources have provided limited funding to assist graduate students who are working toward their degree while in residence at the Station.

NEW! CLEAR Fund Fellowship for Aquatic Research

The Station is pleased to offer the Project CLEAR (Community and Lakes Environmental Awareness and Research) Fund Fellowship. CLEAR began as a a student-led project conducted from 1977-81 at the Biological Station. Its members have funded this fellowship.

ELIGIBILITY: Graduate or undergraduate students who will

  • conduct independent research on freshwater ecosystems (e.g. water quality improvement, ecosystem protection or stewardship, or freshwater sustainability);
  • involve/engage local communities in their research/research findings;
  • enroll concurrently in 1 summer session field class at UMBS (tuition support provided).

SUPPORT: This fellowship provides tuition support, room, board, research fees and supplies at UMBS. The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is participating with UMBS to help fellows find and engage appropriate communities.

TO APPLY: Send your resume and letter of interest to UMBS Associate Director Karie Slavik.

DEADLINE: March 1.


Student Research Funding Application Process

To Apply for Research Support:

1) Complete and submit online the UMBS Application for Housing & Research form.

2) Submit a brief cover letter, via e-mail, with an application attached as a single document (Word or Word-readable file, e.g. PDF). The application must include the following, in order:

· Project Summary (1 page maximum):
· Research Plan (1 page max.):
· Budget (1 page max.)
· Budget Justification (1 page max.)
· Curriculum Vita or Resume (2 pages max.).

Applicants should indicate the name and professional affiliation of their mentor within the cover letter. Mentors should submit a separate letter (as an e-mail) in support of each student application.

Funds may be requested in support of supplies, analytical costs, laboratory use fees, and unmet (from other sources) costs of housing and board at UMBS during the summer. Applicants may also request support for field and analytical activities for fall and winter if justified within the context of the proposed research project.

The student cover letter with an attached application file, and an independent letter from the faculty mentor should be sent to:

Karie Slavik, Associate Director, UMBS

Due: March 1


To be eligible, applicants should be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate research program and the research should be part of their thesis research, a pilot study preliminary to thesis research, or a required part of their academic program. Funding is partial and considered only for applicants who plan to be in residence at the Biological Station and/or base their research here.

Priority will be given to those applicants who: 1) plan to be in residence for at least a half term (4 of 8 weeks); 2) demonstrate financial support for their research from other sources such as their department, advisor, graduate school, fellowships, etc.

UMBS Research Funds, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Ann Arbor Woman's National Farm and Garden Association Award:  Annual award to one or more graduate researchers. Sponsored by the Ann Arbor Branch of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association.
  • Project CLEAR Fund: Provides room, board and research fees and supplies for 1-2 students (graduate or undergraduate) studying aquatic ecosystems at UMBS. Research may focus on water quality improvement, protection and stewardship, or freshwater sustainability and should include a community engagement/outreach component. The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is participating with the project to help students with community engagement. Recipients of this funding are expected to take a UMBS classconcurrent with their research. This award does not cover tuition for the UMBS class. However, separate financial aid is available through the Biological Station (due in March).
  • Marian P. and David M. Gates Graduate Student Support:  Provides support for graduate education for students studying at the Biological Station.
  • Henry Allan Gleason Fellowship: Awards to graduate students to enable them to pursue advanced study in plant ecology.
  • Joel T. Heinen Student Research Fellowship:  Supports graduate and undergraduate students engaged in research at UMBS.
  • J.B. and Marilyn McKenzie Graduate Student Fellowship:  Supports graduate student study at UMBS.
  • Vaden and Maxine Miles Fund: Provides scholarship or fellowship support for graduate students studying ornithology at UMBS.
  • Mort Neff Graduate Student Scholarship:  Provides graduate student research and study at UMBS.
  • Stellanova and Chase S. Osborn Endowment: Supports research based at the Osborn Preserve on Sugar Island.