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Funding Opportunities

The Graduate Program in Environmental Studies offers a variety of funding opportunities from scholarships and grants to assistantships. More information can be found at each of the links below or by emailing Lucy Davis, MES Program Coordinator.

Students should also refer to the Graduate Progam in Marine Biology's funding opportunities, as many are applicable to Environmental Studies.

MES Fellowship (2 available)

Prospective students and current students of the M.S. in Environmental Studies or the Concurrent M.S. in Environmental Studies/Master of Public Administration Program are eligible to apply for this fellowship. Aimed to support our highest-achieving applicants, this fellowship awards $6,200 per semester for two semesters (plus a small stipend for faculty mentors) to a student who has already identified a topic of study for their degree(s). The selected student will have already identified a faculty mentor and a research problem, thereby beginning the program with a distinct research focus.

To be considered for this fellowship, please submit a one-page application addressing:

  • The research you intend to conduct
  • How the research bridges the natural and social sciences
  • How the research speaks to the challenges of sustainability

Additionally, students must identify which faculty member(s) they will be working with to develop the project. Prior to applying to the program, prospective students are encouraged to contact potential faculty to work with at CofC to help them shape a viable research project that contributes to the study of sustainability. The MES Director will also ask the listed faculty member(s) to send a brief letter to the admissions committee confirming that she/he has committed to advising the applicant.

Applications must be sent to Program Director Annette Watson ( by 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2019.