Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Undergraduate Fellowships

Scholarship Description

The GRO fellowship program helps build capacity in universities with limited funding for research by awarding fellowships in environmental fields to students entering their last two years of full time study before obtaining their first bachelor’s degree (i.e. college sophomores). Students must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in an environmentally-related field, such as physics, biology, health, the social sciences, and engineering. The purpose of the fellowship program is to encourage promising students to obtain advanced degrees and pursue careers in environmental fields. 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 between their junior and senior years. Applications for fellowships offered for a particular year generally are announced in August of the previous year and must be submitted by December of the previous year.

To be eligible for the fellowship, undergraduates must meet the following criteria:

Be a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.  Resident aliens must include a green card number in the application. Before a fellowship is awarded, the residency status of all aliens will be confirmed with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services.
Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in an environmentally related field of specialization.
Have at least a “B” average (3.0 or better).
Have two full-time years of study remaining before receiving a Bachelor’s degree.
Must attend a four-year accredited institution full time, or a two-year accredited institution with plans to attend a four-year institution following graduation. Furthermore, the four-year institution must be a U.S. academic institution which receives less than $35 million in Federal Research and Development expenditures (see the National Science Foundation’s publication “Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: FY 2008,” Table 12 column 2). Institutions identified as receiving a $35 million or less in annual federal research and development funding, as designated in column 2 of Table 12, are eligible, including those accredited institutions not listed. These data can be found at Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: Fiscal Year 2008 (PDF) (309 pp, 1.74 MB about PDF), Table 12, pp. 37 – 64. Note that not all of these schools receive less than $35 million. Consult the NSF Report specified above to see if you school is eligible.

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Year of Need: College Junior,


Num Awards: Multiple

Min Award: Varies

Max Award: 7,200

Deadline: 2019-12-31


Sponsoring Organization U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Program

Contact Person: Eligibility Contact: Bronda Harrison

Phone: 703-347-8080