Students looking for funding for their independent research projects can find support through Tufts as well as through some of our external partners. The list below is not intended to be comprehensive, but should serve as a helpful resource for students beginning their search for funding.
The WSSS Program offers grants for individual and group research projects that address water issues. Grantees are eligible for up to $4,000 in funding, to be used for travel expenses, supplies, and labor. Applications are due in mid-February of each year and are only available to WSSS students.
The Tufts Institute of the Environment gives grants to graduate students pursuing individual or group research in the environmental field. Recipients can receive up to $6000 for travel, supplies, room, and renumeration. PhD students must apply in November, and masters students must apply in February.
TIE offers financial assistance to Tufts students working on interdisciplinary environmental research or attending environmental conferences. Their funding page lists all currently available opportunities.
The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydraulic Sciences is offering a grant of up to $5000 for graduate students wanting to expand the scale/geography of their water science research. Applications due annually in mid-October.
The Dow Chemical Company awards a $10,000 prize to a Tufts graduate student or group of students that submits the most innovative sustainability design. Submissions are due at the end of October annually.
Tufts Graduate Education Scholarships and Fellowships
The Office of Graduate Studies at Tufts University coordinates funding for individuals interested in research and teaching at the college/university level. Funding opportunities include expenses tied with research, conference travel, and training for classroom teaching.
Science to Achieve Results (STAR) research grants
NCER’s Science to Achieve Results or STAR program funds research grants and graduate fellowships in numerous environmental science and engineering disciplines through a competitive solicitation process and independent peer review. The program engages the nation’s best scientists and engineers in targeted research that complements EPA’s own outstanding intramural research program and those of our partners in other federal agencies.
Planning and Urban Form Research Fellowships
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Department of Planning and Urban Form seek research proposals that address the theme of climate change, including; the effect of urban density, connectivity, and mix of land uses on greenhouse gas emissions; regional planning responses to climate change, as are currently being implemented in California; managing the risks presented by extreme weather, including increased flooding, wildfires, drought, and exacerbation of the urban heat island effect.
Tufts is a University Affiliate of the NCSE.This is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decisionmaking. This association offers a number of valuable resources, including networking opportunities, a national conference, and access to an online listing of Environmental Internships. The NCSE often lists funding for environmental research projects through their Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) program.