F&ESX: Outside Resources for Summer and Other Funds

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Summer Funding Resources & Information

Tax Information Regarding Fellowship Awards:

For U.S. Citizens the tax payable on your Fellowship depends on individual circumstances.
For non-U.S. citizens conducting research/study in the U.S. fellowships that are not for tuition and required fees are usually subject to 14% U.S. federal tax withholding (unless a treaty applies).
For non-U.S. citizens conducting research/study abroad fellowships are usually not taxable or reportable. 

Contact the Yale’s Tax Compliance and Planning Office if you have questions about taxation as a domestic or international student.

Yale University Student Grants Database (250+ Grants & Fellowships Available)

A comprehensive, searchable list of student grants and fellowships funded and/or administered by Yale. Most of these are available from Yale's schools, departments, programs and councils and are open only to Yale students, while others are national competitions to which Yale nominates candidates. For more information, please visit the Yale Student Grants and Fellowships Database. Deadlines to apply vary based on the award/fellowship process.

Yale F&ES Summer Fund

The Yale F&ES Summer Fund provides funding to Yale F&ES students to support their required (F&ES 006) summer experience. These funds are made possible by a handful of Donors (listed below) and are administered through a Yale F&ES Committee consisting of faculty and staff. Students can apply for funding through the Yale Student Grants Database.

The deadline to apply for funding will be April 2017. Exact Date is TBD.

Late applications will not be considered
. Awards range from $400 - $5,000, depending on the location of the project and the student's need. 

F&ES Fund
Purpose: To support independent research that has been approved by a faculty adviser, or an internship with an organization that provides little or no funding.

Jubitz Family Endowment for Research Internships Fund
Purpose: To support research in the study of forest ecosystem stewardship in Coastal (or West Side) Forests in Oregon, Washington, Southeastern Alaska, Western Canada and Siberia. Special projects emphasizing the link between science and the legislative process shall be given special preference.
Edward C. Armbrecht Jr. Family Fund
Purpose: To support students as they prepare to become leaders in sustainable forestry, natural resource management and environmental studies, with a non-binding preference for students with an interest in environmental and forest management leadership in West Virginia.
Williams Internships Fund
Purpose: To support students in their research with a preference for work with The Nature Conservancy and equivalent environmental NGOs.
Yale Wildlife and Wildlands Funds
Purpose: To support is available for not only the remote and wilderness areas of the West, but also the backcountry of the East which is under such formidable pressure for use and development.

Berkley Conservation Scholars

Funding is provided to Yale F&ES students with a focus in engaging new communities in conservation; expanding the conservation toolkit; and ensuring the permanence of conservation gains. Preferred locations in U.S. land conservation organizations. 

The average award is $6,000 and up to 7 students may be awarded. The award process is managed by Professor Brad Gentry and the Career Development Office. Please download the Berkley Scholars Internship Award Application and submit it to Alyssa Student no later than January 6, 2017. Late applications will not be considered. 

Cameron Speth Fellowships

The Cameron Speth Fellowship provides funding for students from developing nations and Japan to carry out summer internships at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), two institutions founded by former F&ES Dean Gus Speth.   Speth received the Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation of Japan in 2002 and donated part of his award to the NRDC and WRI in honor of his wife, Cameron.  One student at each organization will be awarded a fellowship for a 10 to 12 week internship over the summer of 2017.   Fellowship award amounts are determined by and paid by each host organization.

Candidate eligibility and selection criteria:
  • Master's degree students are to come from developing countries or Japan;
  • Likely to contribute to environmental policy and program development in developing countries, and (have the) potential to reach others through future teaching and research, or as policymakers and/or program managers;
  • Master's degree students returning to F&ES in the fall of 2017.
Fellowship information and application instructions will be posted in the coming weeks. Stay tuned or email Alyssa Student for more information. 

Carpenter/Sperry Fund

Funding is provided as matching funds (up to $2,000) to F&ES students to support internships and research projects, normally during the summer period. Smaller amounts (up to $1000) are available to seed new research, or to help students complete, or present a research project (e.g., a conference poster or a publication).  

Up to 40 awards are given each year. Support is generally not given to attend a conference. The award process is managed by Professor Gabe Benoit. Please email Gabe directly letting him know your project and that you are seeking funding. Gabe will then email you back with next steps. Please use Gabe's Gmail address: gabouryb@gmail.com. The deadline to apply will be in April 2017. Exact date TBD.

Edna Bailey Sussman Fellowship Program

Funding is provided to F&ES students completing a summer internship at a U.S based charitable organization, business corporation, and governmental agencies at the federal, state, and local levels with a preferred focus in preservation of natural resources, control of pollution, or like subject matter. 

Generally, a total of 3-4 awards will be given to F&ES students. The average award amount is $6,000. 

Please send your completed application and all of the necessary materials to Alyssa Student by 5:00 pm on March 6, 2017. 

*A copy of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts will suffice.*

Hixon Center for Urban Ecology Student Research Fellows

The Hixon Center offers funding to F&ES students that have a preferred focus in natural and social science research, education, & outreach projects on urban ecosystem restoration, urban forestry, and project related to pollution of air, water and soil in urban areas. Domestic is preferred. 

Awards range from $5,000.00 - $7,000.00 and up to 7 awards are given. The process is managed by Colleen Murphy-Dunnin. 
For more information, please click HERE. The deadine to apply will be in March 2017. Exact date TBD.

Moran Fellowship

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Yale Environmental Protection Clinic jointly organize the Moran Environmental Fellowship. The Fellowship supports a paid summer internship with the NRDC and is open to students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. This fellowship funds summer work across NRDC. Students should reach out to NRDC staff directly to seek out and apply for positions and apply for this Fellowship when a position is secured.

One award is given with an average award amount being $6,000. The deadline to is Friday, April 1, 2016. Students can apply through the Yale Student Grants Database.

Please email Josh Galperin directly at, joshua.galperin@yale.edu, with questions. 

MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale

The MacMillan Center's Fellowship, grant and award opportunities are available to Yale graduate students and are grouped by eligibility as follows: Yale Graduate and Professional Students, Yale Undergraduate Students, Journalism Awards. 

Application deadlines are based on the award. Students can apply through the Student Grants & Fellowships at Yale University.

Rosemary Ripley Family Fund

PURPOSE: The Rosemary Ripley Family Fund Internship promotes both business and conservation goals by enabling one or more Yale graduate and professional students to engage in a summer internship after their first year of study at Yale. Applications will be submitted in proposal form and may range widely in terms of purpose, place, and process by which the effort will move forward. Besides the general requirement to incorporate business and conservation/environment elements, these internships must also have a clear international component, i.e. conducting study in another country, with a preferable focus on emerging markets.
ELIGIBILITY: Any Yale graduate and/or professional student having at least one year of course work yet to complete. Open to all students, with preference given to students from emerging nations who wish to eventually return to their home countries for work.
AMOUNT OF AWARD: Up to two grants of $5,000 each to support a summer internship. These funds can be used for travel, living, research, or other purposes associated with the proposed project. Under the terms of the award, the recipient will initially receive $4,000. Once the post-project requirements are met (see below), the student will receive the balance of the grant ($1,000).

HOW TO APPLY: Submit your proposal to Holly E. Robinson (holly.e.robinson@yale.edu) in the Yale SOM Career Development Office. Application deadline will be in April 2017. Exact date is TBD.


Tropical Resources Institute Endowment Fellowship

TRI's Endowed Fellowship Program provides funding for currently enrolled F&ES masters and doctoral students to conduct research in tropical countries. These projects are interdisciplinary in nature and cover a wide range of issues that surround the study, management, and conservation of tropical resources. TRI supports both natural and social science research projects.

Awards range from $1,500 to $5,000 and approx. 20-30 awards are granted each cycle. The award process is managed by Simon Queenborough. The deadline to apply is TBD for the 2017 cycle. Stay tuned.

Additional fellowships are available that are dedicated to particular tropical regions. For more information go to the TRI Fellowships webpage. 

Urban Resources Initiative Internships

URI offers paid Greenspace and GreenSkills internships for graduate students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, as well as for New Haven high school students and ex-offenders. Enriched through group discussion, these community forestry internships provide job training and real-world practice while making positive changes in New Haven communities.

Basic requirements are:
Ability to complete physically demanding tasks
Commitment to leadership
Team-oriented spirit
Willingness to make positive change

For more information and to apply email our Associate Director, Chris Ozyck (christopher.ozyck@yale.edu

Ucross Western Research Fellowship

The Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative (UHPSI) invites students to apply for research fellowships for the 2016 summer field season.  The Western Research Fellowship (WRF) seeks applicants interested in issues pertinent to land management in the Rocky Mountain West. Ideal proposals will target high-impact biophysical or social questions with management implications for private land management in the West. In addition to a generous financial award, fellows will be given access to a broad network of partner organizations and properties across the mountain west, as well as technical, logistical, and publication support.
WRF awards range from $2,000 to $6,000. Fellows also receive a stipend covering attendance at the WRF summer retreat. Applicants are encouraged to apply for matching funds from other sources at Yale. In additional to financial support, fellows receive technical, logistical, and publication support throughout the field season and academic year.  

Deadline is TBD for the 2017 cycle. Application materials can be found at the High Plains Stewardship webpage.

The Wyss Conservation Scholarship Program

Funding is provided to F&ES plus Yale “at-large” graduate students that have a preferred focus in land conservation in the following locations: Intermountain West; Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and Orgegon. 

The number of awards are 2 plus 1 'at large.' The deadline to apply will be in January 2017. Exact date is TBD. Late applications will not be accepted. Students can apply directly through the Yale Student Grants Database.

Please contact Tim Northrop in Development and Alumni Relations for more information. 
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