Funding Opportunities

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 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.  Other requests for professional development may be considered if funds are available.

Eligibility - 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;
  • Other requests for professional development may be considered if funds are available.   Students must go into detail as to how the travel is related to their professional development and must exhaust all other funding opportunities.
  • These grants cannot be awarded for prior travel expenses. Students must apply for funding before attending their conference/activity;
  • Requests should be matched with departmental or research project funds (applications may be denied if personal funds are used); situations of an insufficient match will be considered based upon appropriate justification.
  • 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 to apply again the next fiscal year;
  • Funds will be made available to qualifying students after verification of 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 - Applications for summer 2017 travel are closed.  Watch for another round of funding in September.

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.

Additional Options

  • 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
    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.

Employment Opportunities

Below are a few of the websites that list jobs in water resources and other natural resources fields. This is by no means an exhaustive list.