Fellowships and Grants

Fellowships and scholarships offer fantastic ways to enhance and extend engagement with environmental issues at Northwestern. These programs provide the resources, financial and otherwise, to pursue several opportunities, including laboratory research, travel, research assistantship, independent research, specialized and/or professional study, and graduate education. While scholarships like the Fulbright and the Goldwater are very popular and competitive, smaller, lesser known programs can also be beneficial. 

Most of the programs listed below entail extensive application processes that must be initiated far in advance from the application deadlines. Many of the external fellowships, such as the Udall, have an internal selection process by which Northwestern chooses nominees to compete with students from colleges and universities across the country. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that students research fellowship options and their eligibility requirements and applications thoroughly in consultation with the Office of Fellowships.



Many of the following grants are administered by Northwestern, and applicants must be nominated.  For more information, visit the Office of Fellowships Website.

  • Morris K. Udall Scholarship is a subsantial award for sophomores and juniors with a demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment.
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship offers funding for tuition and expenses for sophomores and juniors studying mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
  • Woods Hole Summer Fellowship is a ten-week research internship for juniors and seniors at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
  • Hollings Scholarship covers a significant portion of tuition for one year for sophomores majoring in fields relevant to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Includes a ten-week internship.
  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates support undergraduate research participation in any of the areas funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • Eckenfelder Scholarship awards juniors majoring in civil, chemical, or environmental engineering or environmental sciences who hope to pursue careers within the environmental industry.
  • EPA Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship offers funding for the junior and senior years for students in environmental fields of study as well as an internship at an EPA facility.