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 emailed to you as they become available.

WRS Conference Registration Reimbursement

Until further notice, the WRS program can only reimbursement students for registration to conferences being held virtually that they will be presenting at.

Eligibility - Students are eligible for 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.
    • Applications should be submitted even if the abstract is yet to be accepted.  Funds will be released after verification is received.
  • 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.


  • Prior to each semester, students will receive an application by email from WRS.  Conference reimbursement must be requested before attending the conference/activity.  No requests for prior travel expenses will be accepted.  No late applications will be accepted.
    • Fall - Apply by October 1st for travel in October-January
    • Spring - Apply by February 1st for travel in February-May
    • Summer - Apply by May 15th for travel in June-September
  • 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.
  • Eligible expenses are registration fees and abstract fees. Membership to the host organization will be considered if it leads to a reduced registration fee lower than the one without a membership.

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.