KBS LTER: Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

Throughout the year we offer various funding opportunities for graduate students. Information about these fellowships and grants are below. Subscribe to our RSS feeds or connect with us in social media to stay updated as calls for proposals are announced. As you prepare your proposal, please review the background information about the LTER project and experiments. Please direct further inquiries to Dr. Neville Millar <millarn@msu.edu> KBS LTER Science Coordinator.

Small Grants

The KBS LTER Program has available small grants for graduate research conducted on the LTER site at KBS. Students conducting graduate-level research are eligible to apply for up to $2,000 for supplies, travel, on-site accommodations, and other research-related expenses (but not salary or stipends). Awards will be made on a competitive basis; priority will be given to those projects most closely aligned with overall LTER goals. To apply, send Dr. Neville Millar <millarn@msu.edu> KBS LTER Science Coordinator, a single pdf file containing: (1) a 1-page cover letter requesting support and identifying your degree advisor and and present research status; (2) a 1-page proposal (with a descriptive title and your name on the first page); (3) a line-item budget (up to $2,000); and (4) your curriculum vitae. Proposals are considered as received.

View previous awards of the Small Grants >>

Full Year Fellowships

This is a year-long fellowship, beginning in Fall 2017 with a total award of $45,000 (to include up to 3 credits for each of Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters and 1 credit Summer 2018 semester). The fellowship is open to current MSU Ph.D. candidates interested in or currently conducting research in association with the KBS LTER Program (lter.kbs.msu.edu). Residency at KBS is not required, nor is pre-existing engagement in KBS LTER research. Applicants must have passed their comprehensive exam prior to the application deadline.

Applications are due February 10, 2017. To apply, please complete the application and budget form, and send to Dr. Neville Millar <millarn@msu.edu> KBS LTER Science Coordinator, along with a single pdf file containing: (1) a 1-page cover letter describing your interest in the fellowship and how it relates to LTER goals; (2) a 2-page (maximum) proposal (with descriptive title and your name at top of first page) describing your LTER-related research plans; and (3) a curriculum vita including contact information for three references, one of which should be identified as your graduate advisor. Decisions are expected to be announced by March 10, 2017.

View previous awards of the Full Year (Capstone) Fellowships >>

Summer Research Fellowships

A small number of summer fellowships are available, each with a total fund of $5,000 or $10,000 (to include up to 1 credit for Summer 2018 semester). These fellowships are open to Masters and PhD students interested in or currently conducting research in association with the KBS LTER Program (lter.kbs.msu.edu). Applicants must be graduate students currently enrolled at MSU. Ph.D. candidacy is not required, nor is KBS residency or pre-existing engagement in KBS LTER research.

Applications are due February 10, 2016.  To apply, please complete the application and budget form, and send to Dr. Neville Millar <millarn@msu.edu> Science Coordinator, along with a single pdf file containing: (1) a 1-page cover letter describing your interest in the fellowship and how it relates to LTER goals; (2) a 1-page proposal (with descriptive title and your name on top of the page) describing your LTER-related research plans; and (3) your curriculum vitae including contact information for three references, one of which should be identified as your graduate advisor. Decisions are expected to be announced by March 10, 2017.

View previous awards of the Summer Fellowships >>