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Fellowships and summer stipends

The department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, the Bell Museum, Cedar Creek Natural History Area, Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories, and the EEB Graduate Program administer a number of opportunities for fellowships and summer stipends.


The EEB Graduate Program administers the Block grant that provides limited funds for summer stipends and summer research support. The grant comes from the Graduate School. The amounts depend on the requests. An annual competition is held, deadlines and details are announced by the DGS of the EEB Graduate Program during the Spring term.

Occasionally, the EEB graduate program has funds available for support of research or student travel to professional meetings. If available, a competition is held; deadlines and details are announced by the DGS of the EEB Graduate Program. Funding amounts depend on availability, typically on the order of $1000-2000.

The EEB department administers the Elmer C. Birney Fellowship, which carries a summer stipend equivalent to a 50% 3 month Research Assistantship. An annual competition is held, deadlines and details are announced by the DGS of the EEB Graduate Program during the Spring term.

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CCESR) is now accepting applications for our summer Graduate Fellows Program. This program provides partial summer support for graduate students who are conducting thesis research at Cedar Creek to mentor undergraduate student researchers. 

Applications are invited from CCESR graduate student researchers at any stage of a graduate program. Funding is available for up to six summer Fellowships at 25% effort (10 hours per week). Requests for half-time appointments will also be considered. Graduate Fellows are strongly encouraged to live on-site because this helps build the CCESR research community. Free on-site summer housing will be provided to all Graduate Fellows.

Together, the team of Graduate Fellows will:

  • mentor undergraduate interns pursuing independent research projects throughout the summer;
  • organize a research symposium at the beginning of the summer in which faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students present results from their ongoing studies at Cedar Creek;
  • organize a weekly seminar series;
  • offer weekly workshops that provide formal training on research proposal writing, reading journal articles, data analysis, poster presentations, and oral presentations; and
  • organize a research symposium at the end of the summer in which undergraduate student researchers present the findings of their independent research projects.

To apply, please email your application as a single PDF by March 18, 2016 to Hannah Skog (skogx031@umn.edu), CCESR Executive Assistant. Your application should include your CV and the completed form attached below. Decisions will be made by March 31, 2016.

The EEB graduate program administers several fellowships, some of which are available only to EEB graduate students. These opportunities are described below.

The Florence Rothman Fellowship provides support for students working with Bell Museum faculty or doing field work in EEB (deadline: February 1, 2016).

The Huempfner Ruffed Grouse fund supports graduate students doing avian research, with preference for studies using telemetry, studies with management implications, or studies of ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) and their habitat (deadline: February 1, 2016).

The Dayton and Wilkie Natural History Funds and McKinney Fellowships are administered by the Bell Museum of Natural History. Funds can be used for laboratory supplies and equipment to support field studies that are directly related to the student thesis project (deadline: February 1, 2016).

The Sigerfoos Fellowship is for short-term zoological studies by graduate students at another institution (for instance, OTS courses in Costa Rica) or research area. Preference is for study of marine or tropical zoology. Apply through the department head of EEB.