KBS LTER: Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

The KBS LTER offers several research funding opportunities for MSU graduate students, including small grants and fellowships. Information about these funds and how to apply are described below. Subscribe to our RSS feeds or connect with us in social media to stay updated as calls for proposals are announced. In preparing your proposal, please review the background information about the LTER project and experiments. Please direct further inquiries to Sarah Cusser, KBS LTER Principal Investigator.

Small Graduate Grants for Long-term Ecological Research

The KBS LTER provides small grants to graduate students (Masters or PhD) interested in conducting research on or using data from the KBS LTER site. Funding (up to $2000) is available for supplies, travel to KBS and other LTER sites, on-site accommodations, and other research-related expenses (but not salary or stipends). Awards will be made on a competitive basis, and proposals are considered as received; priority will be given to those projects most closely aligned with overall LTER research. To apply, send Sarah Cusser, KBS LTER Principal Investigator, a single pdf file containing: (1) a 1-page cover letter requesting support and identifying your degree advisor 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.

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Fellowships for Long-term Ecological Research

Graduate students currently enrolled at MSU can apply for single semester fellowships (Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 or Spring 2021) to develop or support research in association with the KBS LTER Program. Residency at KBS is not required, nor is pre-existing engagement in KBS LTER research. Funds for each award will be $6,500 and can pay for stipend, tuition (up to 1 credit each semester), health insurance, and research related expenses including supplies, sampling and analysis, and conference attendance.

Applications are due February 21, 2020. To apply, please complete the application and budget form, and send to Sarah Cusser, KBS LTER Principal Investigator, 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 research; (2) a 1-page (maximum) proposal, with descriptive title and your name at top of first 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 degree advisor. Some frequently asked questions answered.

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