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 Dr. Neville Millar, KBS LTER Science Coordinator.

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 Dr. Neville Millar, KBS LTER Science Coordinator, 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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Full Year Fellowship for Long-term Ecological Research

Graduate students enrolled in a PhD program at MSU can apply for a year-long fellowship (Fall, Spring Summer; beginning in Fall) 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. Applicants must have passed their comprehensive exam prior to the award announcement deadline (expected to be March 16, 2018). A total fund of $45,000 is available and can include: stipend, tuition (up to 3 credits in Fall, Spring; 1 credit in Summer), health insurance, and research related expenses including supplies, sampling and analysis, and conference attendance.

Applications are due February 16, 2018. To apply, please complete the application and budget form, and send to Dr. Neville Millar, 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 research; (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) your curriculum vitae including contact information for three references, one of which should be identified as your degree advisor. Decisions are expected to be announced by March 16, 2018. Some frequently asked questions answered.

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Summer Fellowships for Long-term Ecological Research

The KBS LTER also provides summer fellowships for MSU graduate students interested in or currently conducting research in association with the KBS LTER Program.Fellowships are from $5,000 to $10,000 and include up to 1 credit for summer tuition. These fellowships are open to Masters and PhD 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 16, 2018.  To apply, please complete the application and budget form, and send to Dr. Neville Millar, 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 research; (2) a 1-page (maximum) 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 degree advisor. Decisions are expected to be announced by March 16, 2018. Some frequently asked questions answered.

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