See below for a variety of different funding opportunities that may be available for Water Resources Science (WRS) graduate students. Please note that employment, grant, and fellowship announcements will be sent to your umn.edu email address by the WRS office as they become available.
Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships
Graduate research assistantships and teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Graduate assistant salaries vary with the terms of individual appointments. Graduate students holding an appointment at one-quarter time or greater are eligible for health benefits and a tuition benefit equal to twice the percentage of their appointment. Assistantships are available from individual faculty and their departments and are arranged between the student and their advisor. The WRS program endeavors to link students and faculty with compatible educational and research interests. Most WRS graduate students are offered research or teaching assistantships upon admission or within their first year in the program. If you are interested in working with a particular faculty member, you should contact them directly to verify whether or not they will be taking on new research or teaching assistants for the academic year. Please visit the Faculty page to see more information about WRS faculty, including research interests and areas of emphasis.
WRS Travel Grants
Students in the WRS graduate program can apply for grants to help defray their travel expenses for attending regional, national, or international conferences.
Eligibility - When funds are available, students will be awarded travel grants based on the following criteria:
- Students must be presenting papers or posters at a conference or meeting, not simply attending;
- These grants cannot be awarded for prior travel expenses. Students must apply for funding before attending their conference;
- It is highly encouraged that students match the requested amount of their travel grant with departmental or research project funds (applications may be denied if personal funds are used);
- Applicants must be full-time students to be considered;
- A limit of $1,000 per student, per fiscal year, has been set by the WRS program. Students who have met this limit will be eligible again the next fiscal year;
- Funds will be made available to qualifying students after verification of attendance/registration is received;
- Deadlines for applications are typically February 1, June 1, and October 1.
The DGS will assess your funding request and notify you of the decision within 2 weeks of the application deadline.
Application Process - The application for spring 2017 has closed. Watch for the announcement for the next round to come in late April.
Graduate students applying to the University for the first time may be nominated for a Water Resources Science (WRS) fellowship, with an academic-year stipend, plus tuition and health care benefits. Students generally receive additional research assistantships during the summer months. Water Resources Science fellowships are very competitive, as there is generally only one available per academic year. To be eligible, your application to the WRS graduate program must be received by December 15 of the preceding year.
University of Minnesota Graduate School
The Graduate School administers additional funding opportunities, including fellowships and an out-of-state tuition remission program for underrepresented and educationally disadvantaged students, and Doctoral Dissertation fellowships.
Fellowships Office (FO) of the National Academies of Science
Check the site for various opportunities
IGERT: Risk Analysis for Introduced Species and Genotypes
The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program on Risk Analysis for Introduced Species and Genotypes (ISG-IGERT) seeks applicants for the program supported by the National Science Foundation. The program educates Ph.D. students to conduct research to improve Ecological Risk Analysis and contribute workable solutions to policy questions and problems affecting management of introduced species and genotypes. The program includes a new graduate minor in Risk Analysis for Introduced Species and Genotypes (ISG minor). Prospective students must also apply to an appropriate graduate program such as Water Resources Science for admission to a Ph.D. degree program. Self-nomination deadline is 15 December. Click here to apply online.
Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change
ICGC administers fellowships for graduate students pursuing careers involving the study of global change.
Fastweb is a national interactive database of scholarships and fellowships.
Community of Science (COS) Funding Opportunities
This is a searchable database of funding information with over 400,000 funding opportunities worldwide from all types of funding sources.