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Funding, Fellowships, and More

Funding, Fellowships, and More

The following opportunities include funding, fellowships, and more. Many may be recurring opportunities on annual or more frequent cycles. Investigate individual opportunities to determine upcoming deadlines.




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Funding & Fellowships

Funding and fellowships abound for science communication- and public engagement-related efforts. These include funding for:

  1. science writing and journalism residencies and fellowships, including programs that train scientists in journalism practices;

  2. funding for public engagement projects;

  3. funding for science + engagement efforts, research experiences, and fellowships;

  4. much more.

Scroll down for an alphabetized list of some of these opportunities.

Funding & Fellowships

AAAS Mass Media Fellowship for science and engineering students and recent graduates. Open to undergrads and grad students; fellowships available in English and Spanish. Follow this link for a recording from a WySCI-hosted Q&A with four current AAAS fellows.  Fellowship details & application

Botany in Action fellowship: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens's BIA Fellowship program fosters the development of the next generation of plant-based scientists who are committed, first, to excellent research, and second, to educational outreach. Details.

Boyd Evinson Graduate Fellowship for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: The Grand Teton Association (GTA) offers a fellowship of up to $10,000/project for graduate studies focused on documenting lesser-known aspects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Science communication/public engagement component required. Details.

Broader Impacts Fellowships with the Center to Advance Research Impacts in Society (ARIS). ARIS Fellows will 1) synthesize existing scholarly work and package evidence about research impact practices into easily applied tools that can be used by the research community to improve research impacts design and practice; or 2) conduct innovative scholarship that explores new horizons and advances knowledge about research impacts. Awarded Fellows will create products such as guidance documents, white papers, scholarly articles, decision support tools, multimedia supports, instructive videos, or other creative and scholarly outputs. Details.

Center for Global Studies Faculty and Staff International Research Grants (UWyo): Please find the link to the full call on our website. Deadline for Proposal Submission: 5:00 pm MT on Friday, November 15, 2019. Refer questions and submit final proposals to: A second call for proposals will be issued in February 2020 for projects occurring in summer and fall 2020.

Communication & Engagement Experience through the American Geophysical Union's Sharing Science Program: AGU's Sharing Science Program provides opportunities and mentoring for science communication and engagement experience. These include: publishing on their blog, The Plainspoken Scientist, being interviewed for their #FieldworkFails series on their podcast Third Pod from the Sun, and social media takeovers of their  Instagram accounts. Details on all these opportunities

Education Writers Association's annual awards program  is accepting entries.  EWA offers a total of 19 prizes that come with honoraria ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. All professional journalists who have published or posted any journalism on an education topic in an independent news outlet in the past year are eligible to enter.  Membership in EWA is not required (and it's free).

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Mentor Match program | This free program aims to lower the barrier of entry for students from institutions where rates of application for grad school and fellowships are lower. 

  • Students: if you’re a student applying to grad school and are looking for support, fill out this form

  • Faculty: If you’re interested in being a mentor, fill out this form.

  • Disclaimers: This program is being run independently by Terry McGlynn (California State University Dominguez Hills) and Samniqueka Halsey (University of Missouri). Neither are affiliated with the National Science Foundation or Ford Foundation.

ESA Education and Ecology Publication Award: The Education Section of the Ecological Society of America is invites nominations for the best recently published paper and/or presentation on ecology education. They encourage submissions that use the 4DEE Framework, but any education-focused presentation is welcome. The goal is to highlight new ideas that enhance the teaching of ecology. Papers will be reviewed by the officers of the Education Section and the award will be announced at the ESA Annual Meeting. Submit here.

ESA Graduate Student Policy Award gives graduate students hands-on science policy experience including interacting with congressional decision-makers, federal agency officials, and others engaged in science and public policy. Travel, lodging, and meals are covered. Details and application.

Fellowship for the Future: 500 Women Scientists is launching a small grants fellowship program. They write: "We are looking for Women of Color in STEM working on a project to increase equity, inclusion, and social justice in STEM. $5K honoraria & $2K project funds + network of awesome scientists!" Details.

Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change Internship: paid summer internships; undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates work in national parks on projects in climate change research, interpretation, park operations, policy development, and other fields. Details. 

Haub School Student Research & Creative Activities Grant: Three deadlines per year. Details.

Helen Fellowship: American Museum of Natural History The BridgeUP: STEM program's Helen Fellowship is a one-year residency for post-baccalaureate women to devote time immersed in computational scientific research and educational outreach at the AMNH. Details.

Jerry O'Neal Student Research Fellowship: Glacier National Park Conservancy provides educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resources issues and how these interact with human values.  Details.

Larsh Bristol Student Photojournalism Fellowship: $5,500 stipend. Open to all UWyo students; awarded by Dept. of Communication & Journalism. Details.

Mayo Foundation Journalist Residency:Twenty health care journalists will receive a behind-the-scenes, in-depth look at what’s new and what’s next in several medical specialties. Details and application.

Mentoring 365: A Free Science Communication and Engagement Mentoring Program: Mentoring365 is a virtual mentoring program developed among Earth and space science organizations to facilitate an exchange of professional knowledge, expertise, skills, insights, and experiences through dialogue and collaborative learning. The program provides mentors and mentees with structured, relationship-building tools to develop and accomplish focused career goals. Details.

Meridian Institute Ruckelshaus Public Policy Fellowships: Two-year, full-time position, at either Meridian’s Dillon, CO, or Washington, DC locations. Details.

National Research Mentoring Network | NRMN is a national network to provide evidence-based and culturally-aware mentorship, grant writing training and other professional development, networking opportunities, and resources to mentors and their trainees across the biomedical sciences. Programming is available to support scientists throughout their career, from undergraduate students to senior faculty members. All biomedical scientists and students are encouraged to join. If you have questions feel free to contact Scott Seville ( or visit the NRMN website.

NEON's Faculty Mentoring Network: National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) accepting applications for the QUBES/NEON Data Education Fellows Faculty Mentoring Network. Participation is remote. Details and application.

Pattie Layser Greater Yellowstone Creative Writing and Journalism Fellowship: Hosted by the Wyoming Arts Council. Details.

Photography/Visual Communications Graduate Teaching Assistantship: New GA position in the UWyo Dept. of Communication & Journalism. Student must be enrolled in COJO master's program. Details.

ROaR: Restoration Outreach and Research club | UWyo RSO advised by Pete Stahl, director of the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center.  Monthly meetings with 1+ visiting speaker/year. 1+ community event per semester.  Current project: Pollinator garden construction on the Laramie Green Belt in collaboration with Union Pacific, CH2M, and Laramie River Conservation District. Contact Mike Curran for details: 

Science Friday Educator Collaborative, which supports creative, highly motivated, and dedicated STEM educators to create new multimedia-driven education resources. DetailsApplication.

Science Initiative Faculty Innovation Seed Grant Program (UWyo): The goal of the seed grant program is to stimulate new, innovative, cutting‐edge research projects in the sciences that have promise for successful, sustained and substantial external competitive funding. Details.

Science Network Mentor Program: Run by Union for Concerned Scientists; participants design and implement an advocacy project on an issue important to them. An experienced Science Network Mentor will provide one-on-one coaching and guidance to maximize the impact of your project.  UCS provides 1) an experienced mentor for one-on-one coaching and 2) tailored tools and resources to sharpen your communication and advocacy skills. Details for prospective  mentors and  mentees.

Science Writing Opportunity: Apply to write 500-1000-word essays about individual research papers for  Envirobites. Peer review and editorial feedback are part of the process; monetary compensation is not. Details and application.

Supplemental Funding for Research Support: Awards from the UWyo Social Justice Research Center (SJRC). Details.

UWyo Small Grants for Community Engagement & Service-Learning Projects: The UWyo Office for Service, Leadership & Community Engagement has funds available to support course-based community engagement and service-learning projects. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds for this semester have been allotted. Contact Richard Raridon ( or find application details here.

Wyoming Undergraduate Research Coalition | UWyo RSO. Mission: to support undergraduate researchers, encourage outreach, and allow you to find a support system within a close-knit group of other researchers on campus. This RSO is not designed to be a lot of work; it’s supposed to consist of fun monthly meetings (with free food), lab tours, interesting and innovative PIs presenting their research, and leadership/outreach opportunities. WURC has tiers of membership designed to allow you to choose your involvement in our organization. As a new, developing organization, WURC has a lot of room to grow/change, and members truly have the chance to leave a legacy on our campus through helping develop this into its full potential. In early May, WURC will be having officer elections for seven officer positions—which will allow those whom are most passionate and interested to truly make a large, impactful difference on this RSO and the undergraduate research community here at UW. Contact founding WURC President Reba Brenner for details and to join:



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