Climate Change Research Graduate Scholarship

The Climate Change Research Graduate Scholarship was established to support the rapidly growing market for professionals trained in Climate Change. Research projects that focus on the impact of human activities on the environment with an emphasis on climate change are sought.

Scholarships of up to $1,500 will be awarded to support graduate students engaged in outstanding, independent scholarly research related to climate change. The scholarship funds must be used for costs incurred to complete research, for example, materials and supplies or travel required to conduct research. Students may also apply for funds to defray the costs of travel to present their scholarly research at a conference.

Deadline

Oct. 15—for spring disbursement
Feb. 15—for fall disbursement

Eligibility

Graduate students in the social and physical sciences (anthropology, biological sciences, chemistry, economics, geosciences, geography, physics, political science, psychology, public affairs and administration, statistics and sociology) working on projects leading to a thesis or dissertation in climate change, are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be:

  • Admitted to a graduate degree program.
  • Full time students in the semester that the application is submitted and during the semester that funds are disbursed.
  • In good academic standing during the semester that the application is submitted and during the semester that funds are disbursed.
  • The individual researcher responsible for the research described in the application, but for the purposes of research compliance (if applicable), listed as student investigator.
  • Must provide documentation of approval, on University letterhead, for any project that requires regulatory oversight (i.e. research involving human subjects, animal, biohazards, DNA, etc). If your HSIRB protocol has expired, you must also submit a copy of the final report to include with your application (call Julia Mays at (269) 387-8293 if you need assistance with this).

Preference will be give to projects that specifically lead to advances in knowledge with respect to climate change. Scholarship amounts awarded will depend, in part, on the number of application received and the funding available. Not all applications may be selected for funding and not all applicants may receive the amount of funding requested. An enrolled WMU graduate student may receive a maximum of one Climate Change Research Graduate Scholarships per year and not more that two awards per degree program.

Application Materials

Please use 12-point font, double-spaced for all materials. Materials submitted via email should be sent as PDF files.

  • Curriculum vitae (two pages maximum)
  • Project proposal (five pages maximum)
    • Clearly describe the primary objective(s) of your project.
    • State the problem that the research aims to address and the questions to be answered through the proposed project.
    • Describe the research context for the proposed work including a summary of relevant literature (include all necessary citations using a format appropriate to your discipline).
    • Describe experimental methods, procedures, techniques or measurements that will be undertaken to address your research aim(s).
    • Explain your anticipated results and their significance with respect to advancing knowledge related to climate change.
    • Describe how you expect the results of your work to be disseminated to a global audience of climate change researchers and, if relevant, members of the general public.
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Project timeline (one page maximum)
  • Budget and budget justification (one page maximum). Please include all expenses associated with the execution and completion of the proposed work, or associated with travel to present your work at a conference. Other sources of funding that will support your work should be listed.
  • For travel funds to present your work at a conference, you must also include a copy of your abstract, proof of acceptance and the conference website or call for proposals URL.

Two letters of reference (in a sealed envelope) or emailed to coas-awards@wmich.edu from an official university email address (e.g. wmich.edu). One of the letters must be from your primary research advisor. Both letters should come from experts familiar with your climate change work.

Submission

Submit completed application as a single PDF (minus letters of reference) to coas-awards@wmich.edu.

Include the award name (Climate Change Research Scholarship) and your name in the subject line. Emails from WMU accounts may serve in place of signatures.

Late applications will not be considered.