Research Funding


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.



WSSS Fellowships

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.


The Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE)

TIE offers a number of grants to Tufts students working on interdisciplinary environmental research. Their funding page lists all currently available opportunities.


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.


National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)

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.