Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

We are committed to supporting our graduate students through a comprehensive and diverse set of funding opportunities.

Western Regional Graduate Program

The Master of Science Environmental Sciences and Policy program was the first graduate program at Northern Arizona University to be selected for participation in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). Graduate programs included in the WRGP are identified as providing a unique, interdisciplinary graduate education experience for their students.

The Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education allows graduate students who are presently residents within 15 participating states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) to enroll in one of 51 participating institutions outside of their home state, including NAU, and pay resident (in-state) tuition. Amount of award: varies.

Wyss Scholarship for the Conservation of the American West

The Wyss Scholars Program supports the graduate-level education of a new generation of leaders in western land conservation. Wyss Scholars learn the latest in conservation science and policy and apply that knowledge in careers at land management agencies and nonprofit conservation groups. Amount of award: $5,000 for summer research, additional amounts vary.
>> Current and Past Wyss Scholars
>> The Wyss Foundation

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Incoming students are strongly encouraged to pursue graduate assistantships. Although graduate assistantships are not guaranteed, most students have experienced great success in securing teaching and research assistantships through the department or through their advisor or other major professor. A number of limited non-academic graduate assistantship opportunities are posted regularly at the NAU Graduate College page as well. The Environmental Sciences and Policy program admits a small number of incoming students each year so as to maintain a cohort size that reflects the available department assistantships and to ensure that most, if not all students, have funding for their first year. 

Concentration-specific Scholarships

Bill Morrall Memorial Scholarship

The Bill Morrall Conservation Scholarship was established in 1983 by the Arizona Wildlife Federation to honor the memory of Bill Morrall. Bill was actively involved in the work of the foundation and conservation issues important to Northern Arizona. Past recipients may apply. For more information on how to apply to this scholarship, check out the SESES Scholarships page.

John Prather Memorial Scholarship

The John W. Prather Scholarship supports graduate student research in conservation biology. Application is open to all graduate students in good standing at Northern Arizona University who are engaged in research related to the conservation of biological diversity. John Prather, 1969-2006, was a talented conservation biologist committed to the conservation of biological diversity. He was also a willing mentor, an avid birder, a spelunker, a member of Democrats for America, a fan of The Onion, and the brewer of Bayesian Brown Ale. For more information on how to apply to this scholarship, check out the SESES Scholarships page.