Scholarships and Grants

PitE has several funding opportunities available through the year. Many of these take the form of scholarships or grants, but there is also funding available through competitions and fellowships. 

Internship Funding

Funding for Experiential Learning

Practical Experience Scholarships : PitE students can apply for one of these scholarships to offset the costs of their practical experience. 

Internship Funding : PitE has limited funding available for students doing an internship for credit.

Individual Academic Enrichment Funding : PitE students can request funding to support an experience that will enhance their PitE education, including honors thesis research, internships (not for credit), or independent research.

Student Group Funding : PitE students in student organizations can request funding to support participating in a conference or activity.


Udall Scholarship :   This scholarship is awarded annually to sophomore and junior students who are planning careers related to the environment, and to Native American and Alaska Native students who plan careers in health care and tribal public policy. This scholarship is administered through the LSA Honors Program.

Wallenberg Fellowship :   This fellowship is awarded each year to a graduating senior to carry out an independent project of learning or exploration anywhere in the world during the year after graduation. 


Abrams Environmental Action Challenge : this competition funds the best sustainability projects presented by students and student groups. This competition is sponsored by Wendy and Jim Abrams and the Program in the Environment.  

Year End Awards and Recognition

Outstanding PitE Major Student Award : This award recognizes up to two graduating PitE majors who have demonstrated both high academic achievement and dedicated service to PitE.

Outstanding GSI Award : This award recognizes an ENVIRON course graduate student instructor (GSI) who demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching undergraduates and providing exceptional learning experiences. 

PitE/SNRE Commencement Speaker : PitE invites graduating majors to become the student commencement speaker at the SNRE/PitE Commencement Ceremony. 

U-M Commencement Ceremony : Students are invited to Student Speaker Competition to give the commencement speech at the university wide commencement ceremony.

Outstanding GSI Award

Recognizing outstanding commitment to teaching undergraduates

SNRE Commencement Speaker +

Each year, one graduating PitE senior is selected to give a speech at the SNRE Spring Commencement Ceremony to an audience of PitE and SNRE faculty, graduating seniors, and their families.

Apply to be the PitE Student Commencement Speaker!

Submit a draft of your graduation  speech to PitE by the end of March. The PitE administration will review the speeches and select the best draft. The winning speech will:

  1. Be about 5 minutes in length (no more than 1,000 words), and
  2. Positively reflect on your growth and experiences in PitE

Deadline for Submissions

Email a draft of your speech to by Tuesday, March 31

The winner will be notified in early April, and be asked to provide a photo and a brief bio by April 2nd. The chosen speaker will have until mid-April to submit a polished speech.

Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship +

Inspired by the spirit of Raoul Wallenberg, the Wallenberg Fellowship is awarded in the spring of each year to a graduating senior of exceptional promise and accomplishment who is committed to service and the public good. The fellowship provides $25,000 to carry out an independent project of learning or exploration anywhere in the world during the year after graduation.

What are the benefits?
The Fellow will engage in a self-designed and self-directed area of exploration or project of experiential learning. Through an active and immersive year-long experience, and by connecting in meaningful ways with the lives of other people and communities, the Wallenberg Fellow will prepare to make a difference in the world.

Why Should I apply?
This is a rare, fully funded, leadership opportunity that will allow a student to gain deep access to a community and connect with people and cultures in a real way, in order to impact his or her life moving forward.

What is it not?
This experience does not have to be research based.

Who is eligible?
Graduating seniors in good academic standing. Applicants must have graduated by the time the fellowship begins in August. December graduates are eligible to apply.

What is the timeline

Here is a sample timeline, based on previous years. The timeline for the 2015-16 competition will be available by the start of the next fall semester.
• Oct 23: Wallenberg Information session (1028 Dana, 5-6pm)
• Oct-Nov: Work on fellowship proposal, application, and collect 3 letters of recommendation.
Dec. 1: Submit all application materials to Kimberly Smith in PitE by 5:00PM
• Dec. 17: SNRE/PitE notifies students of nomination;  students refine application materials for final round submission.
• Jan. 22: Final round application materials due to Kimberly Smith in PitE
• Feb. 2:  SNRE sends 2 nominations to Provost Office for final round submission.
• Mar: Wallenberg Fellow publicly announced

Who was Wallenberg?
This Fellowship honors Raoul Wallenberg (B.S. Arch. ’35), one of the most illustrious graduates of the University of Michigan. At U-M, Wallenberg was recognized for the excellence of his academic work, his eagerness for knowledge of the world and for understanding others, and for his intrepid independence and resourcefulness. He left Ann Arbor resolved to be actively engaged in life. Ten years later, as a Swedish diplomat during World War II, Wallenberg coordinated the rescue of tens of thousands of Jews in Budapest. He disappeared after he was arrested by Soviet authorities. One of the great heroes of the 20th century, Raoul Wallenberg shows that even under the most daunting circumstances, one person can make a difference.

Application (PDF)

Students must submit application materials as one PDF document, and must include the following materials:

  1. Application form
  2. Project proposal (1,250 words max)
  3. Project budget that details the costs associated with the proposed activities
  4. Personal statement (1,000 words max)
  5. 3 letters of recommendation from faculty, advisors, mentors. Up to 2 can come from outside the university.
  6. Curriculum vitae or résumé
  7. Unofficial UM Transcript, and any transcripts of other post-secondary study, including summer school.
  8. Supplemental materials are appropriate

Please see the Provost's Council on Student Honors for details about each of the required application materials, or click here to view a print-friendly version of this information.

Letters of Recommendation

In addition to these 6 materials (PDF), students must also request letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation can be provided by faculty, advisors, or mentors, and must EACH be accompanied by the recommendation form. Applicants are responsible for requesting letters of recommendation and must ensure they are submitted by the due date.


The PDF materials and all letters of recommendation must be emailed to Kimberly Smith ( by early December. 

Selection Process
PitE majors can apply through the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). SNRE and PitE Scholarship Committees will review applications in mid-December and may forward up to two nominations to the Wallenberg Fellowship Selection Committee. The nominated students will have their applications forwarded to the Wallenberg Committee in late January. 


Application form

Project budget

Recommendation Form (for letter writers)

Wallenberg Fellowship Description (from U-M Provost's Office)


For more information about the Wallenberg Fellowship or other International Fellowship Competitions, please visit the Provost's Council on Student Honors: