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 Reimbursement

Until further notice, the WRS Travel Reimbursement process is shut down.  However, students should read the following so they are aware of the process once we are able to travel again.

WRS students can request reimbursement to help defray travel expenses for presenting at regional, national, or international conferences.  Requests for events or activities related to professional development may be considered if funds are available.

Eligibility - Students can receive reimbursement based on the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be full-time students to be considered.
  • Students must be presenting a session or a poster at a conference or meeting, not simply attending.
    • Other requests for travel related to professional development may be considered if funds are available. Students must go into detail as to how the travel is related to their research or future career and must exhaust all other funding opportunities.
  • A limit of $1,000 per student per academic year (Aug. 1-July 31) has been set by the WRS program. Students who have met this limit will be eligible to apply again the next academic year.
    • This means that students can apply every semester as long as they don't exceed $1,000 in an academic year.


  • Students are to request reimbursement before attending the conference/activity.  No requests for prior travel expenses will be accepted.  No late applications will be accepted.
    • Apply by October 1st for travel in October-January
    • Apply by February 1st for travel in February-May
    • Apply by May 15th for travel in June-September
  • Applications should be submitted even if the abstract is yet to be accepted.  Funds will be released after verification is received.
  • The student's advisor needs to match the request with departmental or research project funds (applications may be denied if personal funds are used).  Situations with an insufficient match will be considered based upon appropriate justification by the faculty.
  • The expenses eligible for reimbursement are flight and/or ground transportation, meals, lodging, and registration and abstract fees.
    • Incidentals are not covered.  Examples would be travel insurance, baggage fees, poster printing, valet, etc.
  • Students should review the Traveling on University Business page prior to applying.

The DGS will assess all funding requests and notify students of their decision within 2 weeks of the application deadline.

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.

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) also offers professional development and travel grants.  They also have a list of other funding opportunities.

Additional Options

Prospective Students

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.