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Funding Opportunties

IBES Summer Internship Program

February 3, 2020

Applications may be submitted through Handshake beginning Tuesday, February 04

Application Due Date:  Friday, February 21, 11:59PM

The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society has partnered with five Rhode Island environmental organizations, plus one out of state, to offer a paid summer internship experience through the IBES Summer Internship Program.  This award will allow Brown University undergraduate students to explore career options and engage in experiential learning activities outside of the classroom.  Please note - IBES will provide the intern with a stipend in place of a salary paid by the organization.

Voss Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Environmental Science and Communication

January 29, 2020

Applications may be submitted through Brown UFunds beginning January 29, 2020

Application Deadline:  Friday, February 14, 2020

Voss Fellowships are the premier training and funding opportunities for undergraduates interested in environmental research at Brown, offering awardees a large stipend, plus additional funds for research expenses. They are open to rising seniors in any concentration who intend to pursue a summer research experience that will become the framework for their honors thesis.

Voss Fellows must have their summer project advised by either a Brown University professor or Brown faculty member in conjunction with an environmental practitioner based off-campus. During 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 past Voss Environmental Fellows and explore their projects here.

IBES-Leadership Alliance Summer Internship

November 5, 2019

In the summer of 2020, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society is launching its third year of the IBES-Leadership Alliance Internship for Advanced Undergraduate Environmental Science and Studies Majors

This 9-week summer program, running from June 1 - August 1, will pair undergraduate interns with an IBES faculty mentor to receive one-on-one training in academic research. The internship includes a competitive stipend, housing, and travel. This summer, the program will accept six students with academic backgrounds in Environmental Sciences or Environmental Studies, from any physical or social science discipline.

For more information about eligibility, potential research projects, and the summer experience, check out the the Leadership Alliance website, list of faculty mentors, or program flyer.

Applications will be accepted beginning November 1st. The deadline to apply is February 1st, 2020.

Questions? Please contact [email protected].

IBES Faculty and Postdoc Travel Awards

September 27, 2019

IBES will competitively award travel grants of up to $2,000 to IBES Faculty Fellows and to postdocs whose primary mentor is an IBES Fellow. These travel grants are generally aimed at supporting travel to a conference where the applicant is presenting research or organizing a session, but other types of travel will be considered on a limited basis, as funding allows. To be eligible, the applicant must (if possible) have applied for alternative funding, e.g., through the Dean of the Faculty’s travel fund. These funds are expected to be used for travel that is concluded by September, 2020.

Environmental Studies and Sciences Undergrad Summer Research and Internship Awards

March 20, 2019

Applications may be submitted through Brown UFunds beginning March 20, 2019 

Application Due Date:  Tuesday, April 09, 2019

IBES has some funding available 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 2019 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).

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.)

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.

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.

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