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EPA STAR Fellowship for Graduate Environmental Study


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Who Can Apply: US Citizens and Permanent Residents – Graduating Seniors, Recent Grads, Graduate Students

Description: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), invites applications for the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for graduate environmental study for master's and doctoral level students. EPA recognizes that scientific, technical, engineering and mathematical (STEM) competence is essential to the nation's future well being in terms of national security and competitive economic advantage. For instance, the health and vitality of the economy is predicated, in part, on the availability of an adequate supply of scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians, to develop innovative technologies and solutions.

Minorities, persons with disabilities, and women historically have been under-represented in the STEM fields. For this reason, EPA strongly encourages all eligible applicants, including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply. At the same time, the EPA seeks to expand environmental conversations by including members of communities which have not equitably participated in such dialogues; therefore EPA strongly encourages such eligible applicants, including applicants from Minority Academic Institutions (MAIs), to apply.

Eligible academic fields: Environmental Engineering; Atmospheric Sciences; Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Materials Science; Hydrogeology; Economics; Environmental Decision-Making Research; Urban/Regional Planning and Geography; Microbiology; Molecular Biology; Public Health Sciences; Human Health Risk Assessment; Aquatic Systems Ecology; Coastal and Estuarine Processes; Terrestrial Systems Ecology

Program Preferences: The EPA is looking to fund students at the graduate level who are committed to meeting the challenges of today and the next generation by pursuing a career related to protecting human health and the environment. Proposals may come from students in traditional and interdisciplinary academic disciplines; from students studying in emerging fields that will require increased human capacity such as in the social and exposure sciences; from students utilizing multidisciplinary approaches and/or addressing multiple media; and, in areas which focus on environmental justice, environmental education, community-based participation, and/or environmental decision-making.

Selected candidates will have identified skills, achievements, and potential in consort with the program’s strategic goals: bolstering the environmental generation of tomorrow, bridging to diverse communities, and boosting excellent research & development that advance the protection of human health and the environment through education. Candidates will be evaluated for their demonstrated commitment to an environmental career, for the merit of the proposed area of inquiry, and for potential to have broader societal impacts.

Award Amount:The fellowship provides up to $44,000 per year of support per fellowship. This amount covers a monthly stipend of $2,250 for up to 12 months totaling $27,000 for the year, $5,000 for authorized expenses, and up to $12,000 for tuition and fees. Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of five years. Cost sharing is not required.

Duration: The EPA STAR Fellowship provides up to three years of support.

National Deadline: May 26, 2015

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