Graduate scholarships & awards
Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, the School of Earth & Sustainability has numerous scholarship awards to offer to graduate students. See each award for application instructions [coming soon]. The deadline for all awards will be April 8, 2019 except for the Wyss (Due January 2019).
Awards for students focused on:
Environmental sciences, conservation, sustainability Tab Open
Water, surface processes, geomorphology Tab Closed
Geology Tab Closed
Environmental sciences, conservation, sustainability Accordion Open
Wyss Scholars Program for the Conservation of the American West
Graduate students in their first year of the MS program in Environmental Sciences & Policy are eligible to apply for this award, which is focused on supporting future leaders in conservation. The deadline is the earliest of all the awards listed here: January 15. For more information and to apply see the Wyss Scholars Announcement 2019.
Henry Hooper Student Fund
The Henry Hooper Student Fund is intended to support student projects that involve an environmental or sustainability issue or activity in research, education, or service. The amount of the award will be approximately $1,000.
To apply, assemble the following materials:
- A description of your project, including how it involves an environmental or sustainability issue or activity (1- 2 pages)
- A statement of your career goals (0.5 – 1 page)
- Expectations for use of the award funds (0.5 – 1 page)
- A copy of your transcripts (may be unofficial)
Bill Morrall Conservation 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. Amount of award varies: approximately $500
- U.S. citizen
- Undergraduate or graduate
- Enrolled in conservation related studies.
- Finalists for this award will be asked to complete a separate, additional application.
The John Prather Graduate Scholarship in Conservation Biology
The John W. Prather Scholarship supports graduate student research in conservation biology. The amount of the scholarship varies from $700 to $1000. 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. Selection of the awardee will be based on the quality of the application materials and the student’s potential impact in the field of conservation biology.
To apply, assemble the following materials:
- A one page letter of application, explaining the relevance of the proposed graduate research to conservation biology
- A three-page synopsis of your graduate research proposal
- A brief statement from your faculty advisor describing your research and potential for leadership in the field of Conservation Biology.
John Prather, 1969-2006, was an ecologist with great intellect and love for nature. His research focused on the ecology, behavior, and distribution of terrestrial vertebrates, with an emphasis on birds. John was also a thoughtful and passionate participant in grassroots democracy and was an eloquent spokesman on issues related to human rights, peace, and justice.
Water, surface processes, geomorphology Accordion Closed
Muehlberger Family Award
This Fund was established by Mr. Eric Muehlberger who earned both his BS & MS degrees in Geology from Northern Arizona University. This fund is established in honor of his family to encourage and support a graduate student or students conducting research in water, surface processes, or geomorphology, broadly defined. Open to applications from the Geology and Environmental Science & Policy programs of the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability.
Geology Accordion Closed
Ronald Blakey Award
NAU Professor Emeritus Dr. Ron Blakey was honored in 2010 by the Geology faculty and alumni with the establishment of a new endowed NAU Foundation fund in his name. The fund was set up to support graduate research in areas related to Dr. Blakey’s interests in stratigraphy and regional tectonics.
Award benefits geology graduate student research on some aspect of the Grand Canyon or the drainage basin of the Colorado River.
Basin-Structure Research Award
An alumni fund (Basin-Structure Research Fund) was set up in 2004 – 2005 by three former NAU-Geology graduate students, Luke Martin, Travis Loseke and Nathan Blythe. The award is meant to assist in tuition, field, and/or laboratory expenses. Successful proposals must be focused on some aspect of Cenozoic tectonics, including sedimentary and structural processes in the Basin and Range and/or Transition zone of southern Nevada or Arizona.
Geology Graduate Student Scholarship Award
This award is given to support an MS student in Geology. It has been funded by generous contributions from Geology alumni. Applications judged based on research, teaching, service to the department, and / or justification of financial need.
Pioneer Natural Resources Award
The Pioneer Natural Resources company has provided generous funds to the NAU Geology program since 2011. Approximately half will be awarded to meritorious projects in the general field of stratigraphy/sedimentation/basin analysis, and the remainder will be awarded to projects falling within any field in the geosciences. The funds can be used to support research-related expenses or professional development activities (e.g., participation in a meeting or workshop; research-instrument training, etc).
David Sanders Geology Research Assistantship Award
Dave Sanders is a Geology MS alumnus with a successful career in the oil-and-gas business, most recently with Pioneer Natural Resources. This award is intended to support graduate research in geology by providing funding for a one-semester RA to a graduate student in the Geology Program.
Friday Lunch Clubbe Awards
The Friday Lunch Clubbe awards are provided by alumni in support of Geology graduate student research projects. Funding decisions are made by a committee of alumni following evaluation of rigorous proposals submitted by graduate students.