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Funding Opportunities


    • Funds two separate grants for students studying wildlife habitat improvement (up to $1000) or field biology (maximum $2000 which may be awarded to one or more applicants)
    • Eligibility: students attending St. Louis area or Missouri colleges or universities


  • Fellowships for students interested in cardiovascular and stroke research.  Includes research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts.
  • Awards: $26,000 annually for 1-2 years
  • Eligibility: open to applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents and international students holding certain types of visas (including F1 and J1)
  • Provides funding for field studies and specimen collection
  • Awards range from $500 to $5000
  • Eligibility: open to PhD students who are US nationals or foreign nationals who are either enrolled at US institutions or planning to carry out their fieldwork in the US
  • Grants to support graduate students (MS or PhD) conducting field work, herbarium travel, and/or laboratory research in any area of plant systematics
  • 10-15 awards each year in varying amounts up to $1000
  • Eligibility: applicant must be a member of the society by the application deadline (student membership is $20)
  • Grants support graduate student research in the behavioral sciences related to animal behavior and conservation
  • Awards range from $500 to $2000
  • Eligibility: applicants must be enrolled in graduate programs and must be active members of the Animal Behavior Society
  • Grants to promote graduate student (MS or PhD) research in the botanical sciences
  • Awards are $500; 10-12 awards are made each year
  • Eligibility: open to graduate students from any country but applicant must be a full-time graduate student and member of the society (student membership is $30) and may not have won the award previously.  The student's advisor must also be a BSA member.
  • These fellowships are intended to increase the number of women pursuing basic science research
  • Awards range from
  • Eligibility: open to women graduate students from any country; membership in the society is not required
  • Sigma Xi   Deadline: twice yearly on March 15 & October 15
    • Grants to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project
    • Awards: up to $1000 ($2500 for vision-related research
    • Eligibility: open to graduate students from any country.  Need not be a member but 75% of awards go to applicants who are members or whose advisors are members
  • Grants for graduate students (MS or first 2 years of PhD) conducting systematic research on any orgranism. Funding is not limited to any particular aspect of research, but is available for field, museum/herbarium, and/or laboratory work.
  • Awards: 7-9 each year ranging from $1200 to $2000
  • Eligibility: open to graduate students from any country but applicant must be a member of the society (student rate is $26) and may not have won the award previously


National Institutes of Health programs

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research   Deadline: multiple dates per year

    • Provides funding for predoctoral students from underrepresented groups to support training in health-related research
    • Award amount and duration varies
    • Eligibility: applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.  Because the purpose of the fellowship is to increase diversity, applicants must be from underrepresented minorities or ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, from disadvantaged backgrounds

  • Provides funding for predoctoral students who will be performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers
  • Award amount and duration varies
  • Eligibility: applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence

National Science Foundation programs
    • Provides funding for master's and Ph.D. students in science and engineering; the program offers: 
      • 1) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan
      • 2) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location
      • 3) an orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts.
    • All institutes, except Japan, last approximately eight weeks from June to August. Japan lasts approximately ten weeks from June to August
    • Award includes  $5000 stipend, roundtrip airfare and living expenses for the 8-week (10 weeks for Japan) program
    • Eligibility: restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • These grants provide partial support of doctoral dissertation research in selected areas of the biological sciences to improve the overall quality of research.  Allowed are costs for doctoral candidates to participate in scientific meetings, to conduct research in specialized facilities or field settings, and to expand an existing body of dissertation research.
    • Awards up to $15,000 to cover research, fieldwork and some travel expenses.  No stipend is provided.
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizenship is not required, but student must be enrolled at a U.S. institution and must have advanced to candidacy for a Ph.D. degree before the submission deadline. The proposal must be submitted through regular organizational channels by the dissertation advisor(s) on behalf of a graduate student who is at the point of initiating or is already conducting dissertation research.

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