Institute at Brown for Environment and SocietyIBES

Voss Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Environmental Science and Communication

February 14, 2017

Applications may be submitted through Brown UFunds beginning January 27, 2017

Extended Deadline:  Sunday, February 26, 2017

Voss Fellowships provide funding and training opportunities for students interested in any aspect of environmental research (in the natural or social sciences) at Brown. They are designed for rising seniors in any concentration who intend to leverage a summer research experience into a senior capstone/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 networking opportunities. Voss Fellows present a poster of their research findings at annual event in the spring semester.

Meet recent Voss Environmental Fellows and explore their projects here.


  • $4,000 stipend (domestic projects), $5,500 stipend (international projects)
  • $2,000 for research expenses
  • $3,100 Department Summer Earnings Waiver (DSEW) awards for students who qualify


  • These awards fund substantive summer experiences that involve full-time or close to full-time commitments over an 8-12 week period during the summer between the junior and senior years.
  • These awards may not be combined with other funding from Brown, such as UTRAs, Royce, LINK or Environmental Studies and Science Research/Internship awards.

Fellowship Expectations

  • Attend monthly meetings to discuss research progress and provide feedback
  • Create and present a poster of research findings at an annual event in the spring semester
  • Submit a pdf copy of research poster for IBES records 
  • Deliver a digital research abstract for Voss Fellowship research project
  • Provide a copy of your resume with permanent mailing address and non-Brown email

Extended Deadline:  Sunday, February 26, 2017

Applications Submitted to Brown UFunds site will include the following:

  1.  The title of your planned research project.
  2.  The name and contact information for the individual (or individuals) who will serve as your research mentor(s) and thesis advisor(s) for the summer and subsequent year.
  3.  The length of the position (number of weeks) and estimated number of hours per week that you expect to work with this individual this summer.
  4.  A description, in fewer than 500 words, of the question or hypothesis, methods and potential implications of your planned research.
  5.  A description, in fewer than 300 words, of the courses, research or other experiences you have had that you believe have prepared you to conduct this research.
  6.  A description, in fewer than 300 words, of how you believe this research experience will benefit you academically and professionally.
  7.  A list of other funding sources you have applied for or plan to apply for to fund this position.
  8.  Two letters of recommendation, one from your research mentor and one from another individual, must be uploaded to the UFunds site by your recommenders no later than March 6, 2017:
    1.  Mentor letter should – (1) Discuss the qualities of the student that make them especially appropriate for the opportunity, (2) Mention the extent of mentor engagement, supervision and support of the student and (3) Confirm that student is in consideration or has been offered/accepted the opportunityb. 
    2.  Second Letter should – (1) Discuss the qualities of the student that make them especially appropriate for the opportunity
For a PDF of the application guidelines, please click here.

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