Funding Available through Schmidt Environmental Solutions fellowship program

The Schmidt Family Foundation, in partnership with the UCSB Graduate Division, is once again generously funding three types of awards and fellowships for research in the broad fields of ocean sciences, ecology, and environmental sciences to UCSB students. For all awards strong emphasis is placed on advancing science that has direct application for environmental problem solving. These awards are open to graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and undergraduates from all departments within UCSB. All awards are explicitly taking into account COVID impacts to research programs and aim, in part, to help reduce these impacts on research programs. All applications are due May 15.


  1. Research Accelerator Awards: These awards facilitate graduate students to conduct summer research by providing salary, tuition or field costs ($8,000 per student)
  2. Environmental Solutions Research Grant Awards: These awards are intended to provide partial support to advanced doctoral students or postdoctoral researchers to improve the overall quality of their research program  ($20,000 per student, graduate students must have advanced to candidacy by May 15 to be eligible)
  3. Summer Research Mentorship Awards: These awards support the development of graduate or postdoctoral student and undergraduate research pairing in these fields through a mentoring program that pairs an undergraduate with a graduate student mentor ($8,000 per pair)

Please note that while a student may apply for multiple Schmidt Awards, no student may receive multiple awards. Previous award recipients are eligible. 

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