Institute at Brown for Environment and Society
Application Deadline November 6, 2020

Graduate Research, Training and Travel Awards

Funding Opportunities

These awards are intended to support research, training and travel expenses for IBES-affiliated PhD students conducting environmental research, and provide up to $5,000 to defer research and professional development costs. 


To be eligible for funding, students must meet each of these requirements: 

  1. Submitted an IBES Graduate Affiliation new or renewal form and the most current version of their CV in September 2019 
  2. Conduct research that fits within the purview of IBES 
  3. Have expenses that will be reimbursed before the end of September 2020 (exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis). 
  4. Have the support of their advisor in applying for funding; note that an advisor can support a maximum of two graduate applications per funding call, so 2 in the fall and 2 in the spring


Requests for up to $5,000 in funding will be considered. Award may not be spent on graduate student salary.

How to Apply

  1. Send a proposal that includes the following elements: 
  2. A one-paragraph description of the background context for the project (or project to be presented at a scientific conference). This paragraph should describe the general problem or question being addressed and why that problem or question is interesting and important. 
  3. A one-paragraph description of the general approach to be employed and the anticipated results or products that will be developed from this work. Specify what will result from the IBES funding and how it contributes to the larger research project or activity being undertaken. Be sure to describe how your proposed work will provide intellectual advances to your field of study. 
  4. A simple budget that lists the specific items being requested for funding and that justifies those expenses. 
  5. The name of your graduate advisor.

The primary proposal text should be no longer than one page (with 11 point font and one-inch margins), but the budget and budget justification can be placed on a second page. 

Send your application as a PDF to Jeanne Loewenstein, with the subject line “Graduate RT&T Award Application." Upon receipt of your proposal, your faculty advisor will be contacted to solicit additional input on the project or activity.