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Research Grants available


UC Merced Natural Reserve Student Research Grant Program

To promote research on the UC Merced Reserves, the campus UC Merced Natural Reserve System is offering research grant awards for fall in 2015.  The purpose of these awards is to facilitate graduate student research. The maximum award is $2,000. Please note the application deadline of November 2015. Please check the grant application information form for details. 


UC NRS Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants

Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants are available to any graduate student enrolled at a University of California campus who is conducting research at one or more of the 39 sites in the UC Natural Reserve System.  A total of $38,000 will be available in grants, with a maximum award of $3,000 per applicant.  Students from any academic discipline are eligible.  To learn more about this program visit the UCNRS website.

The annual Mathias grant competition is announced in July and closes mid-September. Awardees are expected to produce a paper or report, or present their findings in a suitable forum.  Recipients of Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants are invited to present their findings before peers at the NRS’s Mathias Symposium, which is held every two years.


UC NRS Field Station Fellowship

The UC NRS Field Science Fellowship provides financial support to UC undergraduate-faculty teams conducting scientific research in the field at NRS reserves. The fellowships enable students to focus on gaining valuable hands-on research experience under the guidance of a faculty researcher. Each $6,000 award consists of a $5,000 student stipend and $1,000 to cover project costs. A maximum of $24,000 will be awarded annually.

Projects enabling the student to perform full-time research over the summer are preferred. However, we will also consider proposals that explain why the research must be conducted during another season, and how the student will be able to accomplish the research while enrolled in classes during the academic year.  At the conclusion of the fellowship, student recipients are expected to report on progress achieved with fellowship funds.

Funding for the Field Science Fellowships are made possible through the Samuelsen Conservation Scholars Initiative.

All applications are welcomed and will be considered. We especially invite applications from students from ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds historically underrepresented in the sciences, including but not limited to African-American, Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander, and first-generation college students.

Eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria, and complete application information can be found here.  Applications for Summer 2020 will be accepted from December 1, 2019 through February 7, 2020.