Natural Sciences / Resources Scholarships

This major is most often called natural resources and conservation. Here you'll study the Earth's resources in order to determine how best to use, conserve and enjoy them. If a passion for the great outdoors is what drives you, then this might be the major for you. Keep reading to find out more about this major and the world of natural resource and conservation scholarships.

This is an interdisciplinary field of study. This means that your core coursework will consist of courses from a number of different disciplines. These will include biology and chemistry but also economics, the social sciences and environmental studies. Examples of typical courses would include conservation law, ecotourism, soil and land use, plant and animal identification and geographic information systems. Rounding out your curriculum will be electives such as English, creative writing and public speaking.

The purpose of the wide-ranging nature of your coursework will be to teach you how to integrate disparate disciplines in order to identify and solve natural resource issues. Your courses will consist of traditional lecture and discussion formats along with hands-on fieldwork. For most of the fieldwork you'll be working as part of a team so communication and teamwork skills will be essential for your success in your studies.

Be certain to research your programs carefully as they are offered in a number of formats. Some programs cover only one component of conservation, such as forestry or wildlife conservation. These programs are not by nature inferior but they might lead to a more narrow career search than a program which takes a wider approach to conservation. Careful research will help ensure that the educational outcomes of your desired college matches your vocational goals and expectations.

The employment outlook for careers related to natural resources and conservation is a varied picture. If you want to conduct high-end research or teach at the university level you will need a graduate degree.  If the bachelor's is your terminal degree, you still have plenty of options. Conservation jobs are available in both the government and private sector. Jobs are predicted to continue increasing between now and 2020.

Follow the links below to learn more about the range of natural resource and conservation scholarships.

American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship

One-year support for women who will have earned a doctoral degree by November 15. Sixteen fellowships are available: four each in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, one unrestricted, and one designated for a woman from an underrepresented minority group in any field. Designed to assist scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. Tenured professors are not eligible.

Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program

Research is a critical component for the development and advancement in the life science community. We want to further scientific achievement by helping students who are interested in developing a career in science. The Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program is awarded to students pursuing a degree in a science related field twice a year. A $1500 (or international currency equivalent) scholarship will be awarded to one student for the fall and spring semesters.

The Heinlein Society

Three $1,250 scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities. The “Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship” is dedicated to a female candidate majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences. The other two scholarships may be awarded to either a male or female, and add “Science Fiction as literature” as an eligible field of study.

Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program

The Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program (WU Scholars) is a program designed to support young people and their efforts to pursue a post-secondary education. Selected scholarship recipients will receive USD $2,500 each to contribute toward tuition or school fees at an accredited post-secondary institution and will be selected based on criteria relating to the program's three pillars: Perseverance, Aspiration, and Community. To be eligible, students must be seeking an undergraduate degree in one of the following categories: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business/entrepreneurship. The application, which requires a letter of recommendation and an academic transcript, opens Wednesday March 8th. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 12 at noon Eastern Standard Time. Please contact with any questions.

Huyck Research Grants

Huyck Research Grant awards are distributed each year to regional, national, and international applicants. The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station awards four to five Huyck Research Grants each year to selected scientists and graduate students. Over the last several decades, more than $250,000 in grants have been awarded to support research conducted at the Huyck Preserve. Huyck Research Grants help fund research projects in a variety of disciplines that focus on natural systems of the Huyck Preserve. We support work in basic and applied ecology, conservation biology, taxonomy, animal behavior, evolution, earth sciences, land use history, and other areas of natural science. The typical grant award is around $2,000, but can be as much as $3,500 for more established researchers and/or projects that involve extended residencies. Professors, graduate, and postdoctoral student investigators are all eligible. The funds may be used for the purchase of equipment, travel, food, publication costs, and stipends for assistant/student researchers. Preference is given to proposals that involve residencies of one week or longer. As part of the Huyck Preserve's continued efforts to share scientific research with the broader community and the members that have supported research endeavors at the Preserve, Huyck Research Grant recipients are required to participate in scientific outreach while they are in residence through presentations at our Annual Science Symposium, Thursday Night Lecture Series, our bi-annual newsletter, through guided public hikes, and/or as a guest lecturer for our educational programs. Grant applications are typically due the 2nd Friday in March each year.

A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to members of AISES who are American Indian/Alaskan Native college students. Students must be pursuing academic programs in the sciences, engineering, natural resources. The awards are $1,000 and $2,000 for undergraduates and graduates, respectively. Requirements: 1. Applicant must be a student member of AISES. 2. Applicant must be at least 1/4 American Indian/Alaskan Native and/or recognized as a member by a tribe. 3. Applicant must major in one of the disciplines listed above. 4. Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate (12 hours/semester or quarter) or graduate (9 hour/semester or quarter) student at an accredited four year college/university of full-time student at a two-year college enrolled in a program leading to an academic degree. 5. Must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, minimum.

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Flwp Prgm

The selection process is designed to recruit all qualified candidates. Minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be enrolled as college or university students (in their junior or senior years, or in any graduate or postgraduate level) in the natural, physical, health, engineering, or social sciences in order to apply. Students enrolled in English, journalism, science journalism, or other non-technical fields are not eligible for these fellowships. Successful applicants will attend an orientation at AAAS headquarters at the start of the summer and a wrap-up session at the end of the summer. They will prepare reports on the progress of their fellowship throughout the summer.

Hawk Mountain International Training Program

The international training program in conservation science at Hawk Mountain provides hands-on learning and field experience for individuals committed to a career in natural-resource conservation. Trainees at Hawk Mountain... Live on-site for 4 months Learn basic techniques in conservation science and education Experience monitoring and environmental education in a wildlife sanctuary Learn how to work with volunteers, visitors and school groups Learn how to apply for grants and fund their own research projects Work on both an independent and a group project Practice nature interpretation at the Sanctuary Practice the latest methods in migration monitoring techniques Use satellite telemetry, banding, and GIS mapping Develop multicultural awareness and international partnerships Hawk Mountain trains up to 14 exceptional individuals per year. Trainees are selected from Pennsylvania, the United States and abroad. Most are selected more than one year in advance and are approved by Director of Conservation Science Dr. Keith Bildstein.

Jessup and McHenry Awards

Jessup Funds are awarded competitively to students wishing to conduct studies at the postgraduate, doctoral and postdoctoral levels under the supervision or sponsorship of a member of the curatorial staff of the Academy. The Awards are not available for undergraduate study. Such studies can be in any specialty in which these curators have expertise. The McHenry Fund is similarly intended but is restricted to botanists. Please note that the awards are restricted to those who wish to conduct their study here at the academy. These awards are intended to assist predoctoral and postdoctoral students within several years of receiving their Ph.D's. Students commuting within the Philadelphia area are ineligible. A Jessup-McHenry student is expected to give a seminar after his or her arrival, and is encouraged to publish at least some of his/her qork accomplished at the Academy. Round-trip travel costs up to a total of $500 for North American (including Mexico and the Carribean) applicants, and $1,000 for applicants from other parts of the world, are allowed. The stipend for subsistence is $250 per week. Minimum duration of an award is two weeks; the maximum is sixteen weeks. Provision of scientific supplies and equipment is the responsibility of the sponsoring curator and the student.

Natural Resources Cooperative Education Opport.

- Up to $5,000 annually for tuition assistance - Full Time Summer employment ($8 - $10 hr.) - Opportunity to move into professional level (GS-7) positions after graduation

Tribal Priority Scholarship

This highly competitive scholarship is awarded to encourage Hopi college students to obtain baccalaureate and graduate degrees in subject areas of priority interest to the Hopi Tribe, and to encourage these graduates to apply their degrees to Hopi Tribal Goals and Objectives. This scholarship is only available to college juniors, seniors and graduate students pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree in one of the following areas: law, natural resources, education, medicine/health, engineering or business.

West Virginia University/SAE Engineering Schp

Applicants should be incoming freshmen who will be pursuing a degree in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. A $1,000 freshman scholarship will be awarded.

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