Grants for Environmental Science Students

A career in the realm of environmental sciences may include the fields of chemistry, biology, forestry, geology, wildlife conservation, natural resource conservation, and environmental law and policy. The EPA, in order to continue supporting the education of environmental science students and encouraging careers in public sectors, administers its own grants. Environmental Science Students interested in pursuing a career with the EPA or desiring experience in a government sector may find grants appropriate for both field work and research. The EPA’s Office of Environmental Education offers grants that are designed to generate interest amount Environmental Science students to pursue careers in environmental policy and environmental management.

Environmental Education Grants

The aims of the Environmental Education program is to support educational projects or programs that develop or widen the community’s knowledge of, skills in, and commitment to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable behavior. The objectives of the program is to facilitate changes in behavior of individuals and groups which affect specific environmental problems, the develop and promote education projects with improve the environment, and to help attain one or more of the outcomes in the NSW Government’s Environmental Education Plan, Learning for Sustainability.

Target Field Trip Grants

These grants are being given to teachers and students so they can take field trips to museums, environmental projects, and cultural events. This program is a part of the Target commitment to support education. Grants of up to $1,000 are rewarded to educators to fund field trips.

National Geographic Education Foundation Place-Based Funds

The National Geographic Society will match, dollar for dollar, all local contributions for the express purpose of establishing a total endowment of one million dollars for geography education about America’s special places. Place-based endowment funds will be used to support geography education of unique these natural areas and encourage regional geographic knowledge of the importance of they hold for current and future generations.

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation Grants & Fellowships

The Foundation awards several grants for research or education in topic pertaining with any aspect of solid waste management. Project topics include, but are not limited to: waste generation rates and composition, waste minimization, collection and transport, sorting, recycling, and re-manufacture, disposal options, waste or energy recovery, innovations in collection and transportation equipment development, employee health and safety, and sustainability of resources.

The Lawrence Foundation

A private family foundation focused on making grants to support environmental, education, health, human services, and other causes. Established in mid-2000, The Lawrence Foundation makes both program and operating grants and does not have any geographical restrictions on their grants. Non-profit organizations that qualify for public charity status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or other similar organizations are eligible for grants from the Lawrence Foundation.

The Levinson Foundation

A private family foundation incorporated in 1955. The Levinson Foundation makes grants to individuals and groups committed to developing a more just, caring, ecological, and sustainable world, in which people have a greater ability and opportunity to determine directions for the future. The Foundation believes it has a responsibility to provide relief where they can and at the same time support those who advocate vigorously for changes in the system. They also want to promote an ethos of kindness, caring, ecological awareness, and generosity. Another concern of the Foundation is that that cost to the Earth of unlimited economic growth. They are working to hold on to functional ecosystems, clean air and water, and avoid whatever irreversible losses we possibly can. Whatever the specific area of interest, we encourage projects that pursue their goals either by developing concrete alternatives to the status quo or by responsibly modifying existing systems institutions, conditions, and attitudes which block promising innovation.

Ecological Impacts from the Interactions of Climate Change, Land Use Change and Invasive Species: 

A Joint Research Solicitation – EPA, USDA The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program are seeking opportunities to fund research for ecological impacts from interactions of climate change, land use change, and invasive species. An invasive species is defined as an alien species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. The purpose of this joint solicitation is to quantitatively investigate how climate change, climate variability, and land use change (influence the establishment, abundance and distribution of invasive species; interact with invasive species to create feedbacks that increase their success; interact with invasive species to cause threshold responses in natural and managed systems; or affect the chemical, biological and mechanical management of invasive species. The EPA is interested mainly in aquatic-terrestrial ecosystems and the USDA is interested in managed terrestrial systems.

Computational Toxicology Centers: Development of Predictive Environmental and Biomedical Computer-Based Simulations and Models

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking the opportunity to develop in silico modeling applications of biological systems in areas as diverse as receptor-ligand interactions in cell signaling, simulate organ dysfunction (e.g. heart, liver, kidney), and systemic response to environmental toxicants and pollutants. The funding will be for research that will seek to apply high-performance computing technologies and theoretical mathematical techniques to facilitate the development of a predictive capacity for estimating outcomes or risk associated with particular toxicity processes as a result of environmental exposure to pollutants and toxicants. There is the potential to address environmental and human health factors with broad scientific and environmental or economic impacts when the development of predictive computation modeling of whole biological systems from cells to organs takes place. The goal of this project is to develop the use of computational approaches to provide tools for quantitative risk assessment and more efficient strategies for prioritizing chemicals for screening and testing. Through the support of the computational toxicology initiative, EPA will fund research that addresses data gaps in environmental and human health risk assessment and will strengthen the ability of predictive scientific data and guide sound future scientific policy, decisions, and research.
Sarkeys Foundation This is a private, charitable foundation, providing support through gifts and grants to charitable, scientific, and education institutions. With assets of around $100 million, the Foundation provides grants to a diverse group of non-profit organizations and institutions, almost all of which are located in Oklahoma.

P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet. 


This competition will award grants to teams of college students to research, develop, and design solutions to sustainability challenges. P3 highlights people, prosperity, and the planet – the three pillars of sustainability – as the next step beyond P2 or pollution prevention. This program is a partnership between the public and private sectors to progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the natural systems of the planet, and providing a higher quality of life for its people.

PEW Charitable Trusts

A national charitable foundation that has an interest in environmental education projects.