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EPA and NOAA Funding Opportunities and Fellowships

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Below are three environmental research fellowships for both undergraduate and graduate students. Deadlines have passed for the 2014 year, but stay tuned for announcements about the 2015 application process and deadlines.

1. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study support master’s and doctoral candidates and are intended to help defray the cost of earning a graduate degree in an environmental science. Benefits of an EPA STAR Fellowship include: Up to $42,000 per year, including $12,000 per year for tuition and fees, $25,000 per year in a monthly stipend, and an annual expense allowance of $5,000. Master’s level students can receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students can be supported for a maximum of three years with funding available, under certain circumstances, over a period of four years.

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EPA People, Prosperity, Planet Competition

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Competition offers college students the chance to design solutions for a more sustainable future. Projects can address any number of issues, including water, energy, agriculture, and materials or chemicals. Winners have been announced for the 2014 competition, and include: An Iowa State University team designing a type of fabric made with fibers from bacteria and yeast, a Cornell University team that designed a low-cost water quality monitor, and a University of Tennessee – Knoxville team that explored new ways to use low-quality parts of hardwood logs in construction.

The 2015 cycle will start accepting applications around August or September of this year, and will remain open for three to four months. The competition is divided into two phases — student teams in the first phase are awarded a $15,000 grant from the EPA to continue to develop their product over the academic year. The second phase starts with a proposal submitted by each team, and judging of projects in spring in Washington, DC. The best designs can receive up to $90,000 in additional funding to implement the product and move it into the marketplace.

Illinois EPA Pollution Prevention Internship

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Illinois’ Environmental Protection Agency is taking student applications for their Pollution Prevention & Energy Efficiency Internship Program. The purpose of the program is to help facilities identify, research and pilot P2 technologies and practices.While students have been placed primarily at manufacturing facilities, they have also worked at small business development centers, trade associations, local government facilities, environmental groups and military installations.

The program includes an orientation in Springfield, Ill. along with a 12-week summer internship at a salary of $2,500 per month. At the end of the twelve weeks, each student will submit and present a final written report and abstract pertaining to their project’s progress. Applications are due by Oct. 24, 2013 for the summer 2014 session.

UC Riverside Student Reaps Energy from Ocean Currents


A University of California, Riverside engineering student plans to use the the ocean to generate electricity. Raul Delga Delgadillo, a rising senior, will spend the upcoming school year building a small-scale turbine and buoy and finding the best method to extract energy from the system, according to the UCR Today, the UC Riverside newspaper. Delgadillo expects the system will provide as much energy as an average wind turbine, but with less cost and environmental impact of other proposed ideas to harvest energy from ocean currents.

Delgadillo learned he will receive $15,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency through their People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability for his project and is vying for an additional $90,000 next year, according to UCR Today.

Environmental Protection Agency Fellowships

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering several undergraduate- and graduate-level fellowships that have helped educate new academic researchers, government scientists, science teachers, and, environmental engineers. The STAR Graduate Fellowship program supports master’s and doctoral candidates in environmental studies with up to $42,000 per year available, while the Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowship is offered for bachelor’s-level students in environmentally related fields of study. The latter provides up to $19,700 per year of academic support and up to $9,500 of internship support for the three-month summer period, for a total of up to $48,900 for the two year period. The EPA also partners with other organizations on additional fellowships.