The EEB graduate office provides email announcement of these awards. Watch for emails regarding deadlines and submission requirements.
Helen Olson Brower Memorial Fellowship
An endowed fellowship for doctoral student(s) whose research is in the area of environmental studies.
Edwin H. Edwards Scholarship in Biology
This fellowship is given via a generous bequest of Julia A. Edwards for use in the recruitment of new doctoral students and to support current students whose distinguished performance is considered worthy of special recognition.
One or two awards will be made for use during the academic year which will include one semester of stipend, tuition and GradCare benefits. The competition is typically announced in late November, with a mid-January deadline for submission. The scholarship for graduate students studying biology is in memory of Edwin H. Edwards, who received his bachelor of science degree in biology from U-M in 1892.
Curatorial Assistantships in the Museum of Zoology and Herbarium
The Museum of Zoology and Herbarium have a number of graduate assistantships to provide curatorial assistance and training in multiple aspects of museum collection function.
Block Grant Funding
Block grant funding is provided to the EEB department by the Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
These grants are supplemental to other funding sources and are intended to help advance research completion of graduate degrees. EEB Ph.D. students and Frontiers Master's students who are actively engaged in research are eligible to apply. In most cases, students are expected to have completed one year in their respective programs; however, first-year students who are already engaged in research may be considered for an award. The number and amount of Block Grant awards varies each year, depending on available funding and the number of successful applicants.
Several endowed fellowships are also awarded through the Block Grant completion process to students who best fit the intentions of the donors. Endowed fellowships include:
- The Emma J. Cole Fellowship
- Awarded to graduate students in Plant Biology for research and travel expenses. This award is based on excellence, merit and financial need. Students are generally allowed to receive this award one time only.
- The Peter Olaus Okkelberg Award
- Presented to graduate students in broadly defined fields of zoology. Areas of study sponsored are anatomy (including morphology), cytology (including cell biology), and embryology (including developmental biology). The award may be given for research and travel expenses. This award is based on excellence and merit.
- The Angeline B. Whittier Fellowship
- Awarded to advanced graduate students of plant biology for research and travel expenses. Students may be considered for both Cole and Whittier Fellowships.
- Lewis and Elaine Wehmeyer Fund in Fungal Taxonomy
- This endowment primarily supports the Wehmeyer chair in fungal taxonomy, but has some funds available for graduate students working in this field.
Block grant and endowment funding are awarded annually on a competitive basis. Applications and student records are reviewed by the Graduate Affairs Committee as part of the award process and decisions are based on factors such as promise of research, adequacy of research plans, schedule for use of the funds, and past progress. The competition is typically announced in at the end of January, with a mid-March submission deadline.
UMMZ Awards and Fellowships
Every year, the Museum of Zoology uses its historical endowments, some of which date from the 1940’s, to support graduate student research projects and to award scholarships.
See below a list of current UMMZ scholarships. Note that most of these target research on specific animal groups and/or having an advisor or co-advisor who serves as a curator in the Museum of Zoology, following the wishes of the original donor.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens Fellowship
Funds from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and endowments at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens are available to support greenhouse or field research by graduate students at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
These funds can be used to pay charges required by the Botanical Gardens for use of space or services and for basic supplies related to the growing and care of plants (i.e., pots, soil, etc.). Salaries cannot be funded.
Individual requests for up to $1000 will be considered, although the actual amount awarded per investigator will depend upon the number of requests received and available funds. The application deadline is announced in early December.
E. S. George Reserve Scholarships
The E. S. George Reserve Scholarships generally include awards of $4000-6000.
Ph.D. and Frontiers M.S. students may apply to the department for up to a $100 each fiscal year for equipment or supplies.
Each fiscal year, Ph.D. and Frontiers M.S. students may apply for one grant of $250 for travel to a conference at which the student presents a paper or a poster.
Underwood-Alger Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is available to assist graduate and undergraduate students in the biological sciences at the University of Michigan.
Preference is given to female students. Special consideration is given to those applicants who have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen, and whose family situation makes tuition difficult but prevents them from receiving other financial aid. In addition, special consideration is given to applicants who can demonstrate that an ancestor rode on the Mayflower or was an active participant in the Revolutionary War.
Ph.D. students have access to a variety of other funding opportunities. These are available through the Rackham Graduate School and a range of other sources, as indicated below. Students cannot receive a departmental fellowship for stipend and tuition and an external fellowship or traineeship at the same time. Awards for stipend and tuition are subject to the EEB Policy for Departmental and External Fellowships and GSRAs. If necessary, external fellowship funding is supplemented by the department to equal the current, minimum GEO-negotiated GSI stipend. Prospective students who are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status in the U.S. are urged to apply for national fellowships. Foreign students are urged to apply for financial support from their home countries.