EPA-Funded Fellowship Program for Undergraduates Offers Tuition Support & Research Internship

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships program, is offering undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. The deadline for receipt of applications is May 19, 2015, at 11:59:59pm EST.  Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 34 new fellowships.  Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year. The fellowship provides up to $20,700 per academic year of support and $8,600 of support for a three-month summer internship. The earliest anticipated start date for these awards is September 1, 2015.

Eligibility Information:

  1. Students must attend a fully accredited four-year U.S. college or university (located in the U.S. or its territories) for their last two years of undergraduate studies during the fellowship period.
  2. Students must also be citizens of the U.S. or its territories or possessions, or be lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. Resident aliens must have their green card at the time of application.  Do not provide the green card number with your application; however, you may be asked to provide it at a later time to verify eligibility with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service of the Department of Homeland Security.
  3. The GRO Undergraduate Fellowship is intended for students entering their last two years of full-time study before obtaining their first bachelor’s degree.  Students who have already earned one bachelor’s degree and are pursuing additional degrees are not eligible.  The fellowship tenure is for two full academic years (9 months each) with a required paid internship during the summer after the first year. Thus, only students who will be entering their last two years of college will be considered eligible.
  4. Students must have at least a “B” average overall at the time of application submittal and during the tenure of the fellowship.
  5. In order to receive the fellowship, students must attend a fully accredited four-year U.S. institution of higher education. These schools must be listed as not highly funded for research and development capacity.  For the purposes of this solicitation, students attending those institutions receiving more than $35 million in annual federal research and development funding are ineligible to apply under this solicitation. Institutions who exceed this threshold can be identified in the National Science Foundation’s publication “Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: FY 2012,” Page 37, Table 12, column 2. These data can be found at  Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: FY 2012 (PDF) (260 pp, 4.78 MB, about PDF)
  6. At the time of application submittal, students attending two-year institutions or community colleges, as well as students not in attendance at an institution of higher education, may be eligible to apply. However, in order to receive the fellowship, students attending two-year institutions or community colleges or students not in attendance at the time of application will need to show evidence of having received their Associate’s degree, as well as demonstrating that they only have two years left of undergraduate studies for completion of the Bachelor’s degree, and that they have been accepted to attend an accredited eligible four-year institution. This requirement is considered satisfied if the student is transferring to an accredited eligible four-year institution which has an Articulation Agreement with the two-year institution, thus meaning that all credits will transfer towards requirements for the Bachelor’s degree.  See Section III.A. Eligible Applicants for further information.

The following application materials must be submitted:

Item 1. Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form (SF) 424
Item 2. EPA Key Contacts Form (5700-54)
Item 3. Front Page
Item 4. Personal Statement
Item 5. Background Information:
Education & Relevant Experiences
Course Work
Item 6. EPA Human Subjects Research Statement (HSRS)
Item 7. Letters of Recommendation (submitted by reference letter writers)


For more detailed information and links to the application, please review this page on the EPA website.


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