The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation invites applications from highly talented graduate students in New England and California for Switzer Environmental Fellowships for the academic year 2018-2019. The Fellowship includes a $15,000 cash award for academic studies, and two multi-day leadership development trainings. Twenty fellowships will be awarded to assist graduate students in a broad range of environmental science and related fields. Guidelines and instructions are available on our website at All applications must be submitted online per the instructions.

Deadline for Applications: January 8, 2018

The Switzer Foundation is interested in applications from both terminal Master’s degree students and doctoral students. Master’s students who are likely to continue to a doctoral program should not apply until the doctoral stage. To be eligible, PhD students must have completed at least three years of doctoral study as of July 1, 2018 or have passed their qualifying exams by May 1, 2018, no exceptions. All potential applicants must be U.S. citizens in order to be eligible.

How to Apply

The online application form and instructions are available on our website at All applications must be submitted by January 8, 2018, with all required documentation. Paper applications, incomplete applications, or late submissions will not be considered.

If you have any questions, please contact Foundation staff by phone at 207-338-5654 or by e-mail as follows:
• For eligibility and general questions: Erin Lloyd, Program Director -
• For technical assistance with online applications: Don Brackett, Administrative Director -

NOAA - Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship

The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program is administered through the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and subject to appropriations. It is funded annually with 1% of the amount appropriated each fiscal year to the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to carry out the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. October 20, 2016 – Application Process Opens December 9, 2016 – Application Process Closes May 27, 2017 – Scholarships Announced June 1, 2017 – Scholarship Funds Available June/July/August 2017 – Mandatory Dr. Nancy Foster Scholars Orientation Retreat and Training Paper applications should be sent by the deadline listed above to the address below: Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries 1305 East-West Highway, 11th Floor Rm 11423 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Please keep in mind, that successful scholarship applicants have worked closely with sanctuary research and education coordinators to develop and tailor their projects and applications. Please plan ahead and do not wait until the last two weeks of the application period to contact sanctuary coordinators. Here is the link to the application. Check periodically for the open period to apply: Here is the link to the Greater Farallones Science Needs documents:

SF Bay Scholarship

Students at RTC may apply for this $250-500 scholarship once each academic year, either in Fall or Spring. Recipients are asked to complete 10 hours of volunteer outreach and/or community service in consultation with the RTC Outreach Coordinator, Erin Blackwood. To apply for the SF Bay Scholarship, go to

COAST 2017-18 Graduate Student Research Award Program

The 2017-18 COAST Graduate Student Research Award Program is now accepting applications. Examples of highly ranked applications from prior years and the full announcement and all required forms are available at:

Applications are due by Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at 5 p.m. PDT. ALL materials MUST be submitted by this deadline. Incomplete applications and applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Historically, these awards have been very competitive. Students should read the announcement carefully and consult with their advisor as they develop their application. 

IRA Student Travel for Fall 2017

These funds will provide partial support for travel, primarily in Fall 2017 (but some Spring 2018 awards are also possible).  The maximum award per student is $600 per year.  We frequently receive student requests that exceed $600.  So, students are reimbursed a fraction of their travel costs. Please note the IRA travel funds are for travel to conferences to present student research (not for simple attendance or for travel to research field sites).  In addition, in the past we have been challenged by cases where students do not submit reimbursement documents in a timely manner or who do not use their IRA award (and don’t notify us).  

For full IRA application guidelines and documents visit the Academic Affairs Office website.

The deadline for IRA Student travel applications is Thursday, Sept. 22, 2017 at 3 PM.  Applications arriving after the deadline may receive funding, but may also receive a lower priority (depending on available funds).   Complete applications should be delivered to the CoSE office (Thornton 323).  Ask that your faculty mentors assist you with the submission of complete application packages.  We frequently receive incomplete applications and this greatly delays the awards process.

SF State Scholarships

A full list of SF State scholarship options are here:

Biology Department

Graduate support opportunities for the Biology Department are posted here:

SEO Office

Scholarship options are primarily to increase diversity of the scientific workforce in biomedical sciences, but students working at RTC have been awarded those scholarships in the past.