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Funding Opportunties

Postdoc Opportunity with IBES and The Nature Conservancy

August 28, 2018

IBES is partnering with The Nature Conservancy to support a postdoctoral position through the NatureNet Science Fellows Program. This fellowship, which will be based at Brown University, is designed for outstanding early-career scientists and engineers who seek to improve and expand their research skills while directing their efforts toward problems at the interface of climate, conservation, technology, and people. The NatureNet Science Fellows program aims to bridge academic excellence and conservation practice to confront climate change, and to create a new generation of conservation leaders who combine the rigor of academic science with real-world application.

Applications are being accepted for the following projects:


  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from hydroelectric reservoirs more (University Mentor: James Russell)
  • Adaptive governance decisions under competing environmental demands for renewable energy and biological conservation in Rhode Island (University Mentor: Leah VanWey)

  • Phosphorus cycling and sustainable agriculture (University Mentor: Stephen Porder)
Decision Making

  • Understanding Human Responses to Coastal Flooding on the Eastern Shore of Maryland (University Mentor: Elizabeth Fussell)
  • Managing a network of reserves in the context of climate change (University Mentor: Dov Sax)

  • Conservation corridors: establishing baselines and documenting ecosystem transitions (University Mentor: Tim Whitfeld)

Applications are being accepted until September 7, 2018. For more information, please visit the NatureNet Science Fellows Program website or view the full Call for Applications. (Note that the six IBES projects are listed first.)

Environmental Studies and Sciences Undergrad Summer Research and Internship Awards

March 19, 2018

Applications may be submitted through Brown UFunds beginning March 23, 2018

Application Due Date:  Friday, April 13, 2018

IBES is pleased to announce the availability of funding for substantive summer research and internship experiences in fields relevant to the environmental studies and sciences concentrations at Brown.  These awards are for ENVS concentrators who were not eligible to receive university funding, or whose applications for funding were not accepted (ie. LINK, UTRA, Royce, Voss).  Students who apply for the IBES award, but are offered summer 2018 funding from another source, MUST accept that opportunity in lieu of IBES Funding.  

Eligible students who receive summer funding from a source that does not offer a summer earnings waiver may request to receive an IBES DSEW.  For instance an ENVS concentrator who accepted a Royce Fellowship may ask IBES to provide them with a Department Summer Earnings Waiver (DSEW). 

IBES Graduate Fellowships

January 30, 2018

The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society will award four graduate fellowships for the next academic year. You must be a graduate affiliate of the Institute to be eligible. 

The IBES graduate fellowships will cover a stipend of $36,000 plus tuition, insurance and health fees. If you are interested in applying for one of these fellowships, please fill out the application form found here by April 15, 2018. After you submit your application, we will request a brief letter of support from your faculty advisor. 

Funding decisions will be announced by May 15, 2018.

IBES Summer Internship Program

January 29, 2018

Applications may be submitted through Handshake beginning February 2, 2018.

Application Due Date:  Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society has partnered with four Rhode Island environmental organizations, plus two out of state, to offer paid summer internship experiences for Brown University students.  These awards allow students to explore career options and engage in experiential learning activities outside of the classroom.   Please note - IBES will provide students with a stipend in place of a salary paid by the organization. 

Voss Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Environmental Science and Communication

January 22, 2018

Applications may be submitted through Brown UFunds beginning January 26, 2018

Application Deadline:  Friday, February 16, 2018

Voss Fellowships are the premier training and funding opportunities for undergraduates interested in environmental research at Brown, offering awardees a large stipend in addition to dedicated funds for research expenses. They are open to rising seniors in any concentration who intend to pursue a summer research experience that will continue as an honors thesis project.

Voss Fellows typically conduct a summer project advised by a Brown faculty member or by a Brown faculty member in conjunction with an environmental practitioner based off-campus. In the fall and spring semesters of their senior year, Voss Fellows are provided with science communication training and professional development opportunities. Voss Fellows also present a poster of their research findings at an annual event in the spring semester.

Meet recent Voss Environmental Fellows and explore their projects here.

PECE Venture Development Funds

October 3, 2017

The Program for Environmental and Civic Engagement (PECE), a new initiative of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES), is excited to announce a new collaboration with the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship.  Together, we are offering early stage venture grants for undergraduate and graduate students interested in developing entrepreneurial solutions to environmental problems.

External Opportunity: National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration Grants

January 30, 2017

The National Geographic Society awards grants for scientific field research and exploration through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest.

Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology.

In addition the committee is emphasizing multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human-population pressures).

More information can be found here

IBES Seed Funding and Working Group Proposals

November 28, 2016

IBES Fellows are encouraged to apply for funding to support projects that embody our focus on the intersection of human needs and the environment. There will be three funding categories:

  • Large Research Projects 
  • Working Groups
  • Small Research Projects

Please see the attached Call for Proposals for more information. Questions may be directed to Dov Sax.

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