A variety of funding opportunities are available to students in The Environmental Science Graduate Program (ESGP). Students may also seek funding through competitive grants. For more details on alternative funding sources, see The Graduate School’s funding page.
Graduate fellowships are prestigious awards from the Graduate School that provide students with a stipend, coverage of all full tuition and fees, and subsidized health insurance.
The University Fellowship
To be nominated for a University Fellowship you must have a complete application uploaded into the Admissions system by the December 15 deadline. For international applicants, the due date is November 30. Once your application is complete, it will be presented to the Graduate Studies Committee. If you qualify, you will be nominated for a fellowship and your file will be sent to the Graduate School for evaluation by the Fellowship Committee. If you are awarded a University Fellowship, you will be notified by the Graduate School. Receiving a fellowship makes you a stronger candidate for your future advisor and is strongly encouraged.
The OARDC Fellowship
Students studying at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, Ohio are eligible for the OARDC Director's Associateship.
The Fay Fellowship
Students pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy degree in various fields of environmental science are eligible for the Fay Fellowship. The fellowships support training of the scientists who will be spearheading environmental research, defining our global problems and developing and implementing solutions. Selection of Fellows is competitive based on superior academic ability, demonstrated leadership, relevance and quality of goals, experience related to environmental science and professional references. Applicants are evaluated by an interdisciplinary committee chaired by the Director of the Environmental Science Graduate Program.
Graduate Associate Positions
Graduate Associateships also provide students with a stipend, coverage of all full tuition and fees, and subsidized health insurance. These positions typically involve a 20-hour per week commitment to research, teaching, or administrative work.
Graduate Research Associateships (GRA)
Applicants can inquire if their potential faculty advisors have funding for a Graduate Research Associate position.
Graduate Teaching Associateships (GTA)
The ESGP has agreements with four different colleges to provide a specified number of teaching assistants in the fields of biology, natural resources, chemistry, and engineering. We review all applications and assign some of our stronger students to the TA positions on a competitive basis. If you are one of the students chosen for these teaching assistant positions, all arrangements will be made for you through the ESGP office. If you are admitted to the ESGP but do not receive an appointment as a teaching assistant, you are, of course, free to try to find employment on your own. The first place to contact would be the department of your ESGP advisor. We can help you identify those departments that would be the most likely match with your background and perhaps give you the name of a person to contact in that department. However, we will not know which students have been selected for teaching assistant positions until March or April.
Graduate Administrative Associateships (GAA)
A Graduate Administrative Associate positions is offered each year through the ESGP office.