Funding Sources for Students

Research Funding

Grant NameStudent LevelFunding AmountDeadlineRequirementsWebsite
Fresno State College of Science and Mathematics Faculty-Sponsored Student Research AwardsUG/GUp to $1000Around 9/26 and 2/28 (two calls per year)Materials and supplies for researchAnnouncement emailed to advisor
Torrey Botanical Society Undergraduate Student Research FellowshipUG$1000 to $2500Opens October 15, closes January 153 awards/year to members, for lab and/or field work
Torrey Botanical Society Graduate Student Research FellowshipG$1000 to $2500Opens October 15, closes January 153 awards/year to members, for field work
California Native Grasslands Association Research Awards for Student ScholarshipUG/G$500Opens November 1, closes January 31Native grasslands; 4 awards/year for field work, small equipment, materials/supplies, visits to herbaria
The Nature Conservancy Oren Pollak Memorial Student Research Grant for Grassland ScienceUG/G$5000 to $13,000March 1Research on grassland management, habitat value for rare species, and community ecology in CA or OR
Garden Club of America ScholarshipsUG/GUp to $4500Deadlines range from January 15 to February 5Field botany, medicinal botany, tropical botany, coastal wetland studies, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, garden history and design, horticulture, international study, native bird habitat, pollinator research, summer environmental study, OR urban forestry
Explorers Club GrantsUG/GUp to $5000Opens September 6, closes November 15Scientific fieldwork, including science communication
Society of Systematic Biologists Graduate Student Research AwardsG (1st two years) $1000-$3000November 15Collection of systematic data, visit field sites or museums
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Graduate Researchers AwardG5000 eurosMay 19Innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics by graduate students whose master’s studies rely on GBIF-mediated data
Society of Systematic Biologists Mini-ARTS AwardsUG/GUp to $4000Mid-SeptemberSpend a summer or semester apprenticed to an expert in a taxonomic group or to enhance taxonomic and systematics research in novel ways
The Systematics Association/The Linnean Society of London: LinnéSys Systematics Research FundUG/G500-1500 British poundsMid-MarchSupports member’s fieldwork, small equipment, specimen preparation, pub costs
International Association for Plant Taxonomy Research GrantsUG/GUp to $2000Opens December 1, closes February 23Travel to herbaria, lab work, or field work
Nevada Native Plant Society Margaret Williams Research GrantsUG/GUp to $1000February 1Travel/field work for basic botanical research on Nevada’s native and naturalized flora: conservation, landscape analysis, ecology, biogeography, or taxonomy
Native Plant Society of Oregon Field Research GrantUG/GUp to $1000March 1 (by mail)Field research into biology, distribution, and conservation of Oregon’s native and naturalized flora
Society of Herbarium Curators Student Research AwardsUG/G$500 (G) or $250 (UG)February 1Research that contributes to or uses herbarium resources in ways that augment the collections, e.g. fieldwork for floristics or revisions, making or measuring specimens, or traveling to herbaria
American Society of Plant Taxonomists Research Grants for Graduate StudentsGUp to $1500Deadline late February-early MarchConduct fieldwork, herbarium studies, and/or lab research in any area of plant systematics
Western North American Naturalist Research GrantUG/GUp to $2000Deadline late February-early MarchNatural history research, publish results in WNAN journal
Botanical Society of America Graduate Student Research AwardsG$1500March 1Research in botany
Botanical Society of America Undergraduate Student Research AwardsUG$500March 1Research in botany
Northern California Botanists Botany Research Scholarship ProgramUG/GUp to $1000March 15Basic research north of the Tehachapi Mountains
California Botanical Society Paul Silva Student Research GrantUG/GUp to $600May 15Research that advances Western American botany
California Botanical Society Annetta Carter Memorial Fund GrantsUG/GUp to $1000December 31Research on the plants of Baja California for travel, supplies, or minor equipment
California Native Plant Society Student Research GrantsUG/G$300-$1000October 31Variety of different grants
California Native Plant Society Marin County ScholarshipsUG/GUp to $1000 (three micro-grants), up to $3000 (one Howard-Kohn grant)Mid-December (micro-grants) or March 31 (Howard-Kohn)Research in plant systematics, plant ecology, plant physiology, plant community restoration or other related botanical studies of native plants that grow in habitats in Marin County or other local habitats in Central and Northern California
California Native Plant Society Alta Peak Chapter GrantsUG/G$250-$500March 31 (by mail)Research on native plants of Tulare County, the Central Valley, and the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains and Foothills
California Native Plant Society Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant ProgramUG/GUp to $1000Around January 19Research relevant to the native plants of the northern Mojave, Sierra Nevada, and Great Basin portions of eastern CA
California Native Plant Society Chapter ScholarshipsUG/GVariable amountsVariable deadlines*Some only available to students in those CA regions
Southern California Botanists GrantsUG/GUp to $1000Mid-November5 different grants: taxonomy/floristics, field research, desert botany, conservation. Preference for Southern CA native species
California Weed Science Society ScholarshipsUG/G$1000-$2000End of MayDemonstrate a strong interest in weed or invasive plant management; present at CWSS annual conferenceAnnouncement emailed to advisor
Fresno State DRGS Graduate Student Research and Creative Activities Support Award (GRACAS)GUp to $2000Mid-NovemberSupport quality scholarship of graduate student research and creative activities associated with the thesis or project requirement
CSUPERB Presidents’ Commission Scholarship ProgramUG$2000 for research, $6000-8000 for student expensesMid-February1st or 2nd-year undergrads with no previous research experience, summer support for biotechnology-related project started and completed in the summer
Fresno State DRGS Undergraduate Research GrantsUGUp to $1500Late April for whole year, October 1 for just spring semesterResearch supplies, software, travel, etc. Can have two co-applicants

Travel Funding

Grant NameStudent LevelGrant AmountDeadlineRequirementsWebsite
Fresno State DRGS Graduate Student Travel GrantGUp to $1000?30 days before conferencePaper or poster accepted at conference, intended to cover conference travel
Fresno State DRGS California Pre-Doctoral Program for Undergraduate and Grad StudentsUG/G$3000DecemberTravel to doctoral institutions and national conferences to enhance ability to get into PhD programs; summer internships also available. Email Ronald Dzerigian before applying
Torrey Botanical Society Student Training FellowshipUG/G$1000Opens October 15, closes January 15Helps pay cost of taking courses at a biological field station
Botanical Society of America PLANTS Travel GrantUGFull travel funding including per diemMarch 1Attend Botany annual conference, with mentorship: underrepresented groups in STEM
Root and Shoot (NSF RCN) Travel AwardUG/GUp to $3000 per student/mentor pairJanuary 9Student member of SACNAS or MANRRS and mentor attend a selected plant biology conference
Botanical Society of America Student Travel AwardUG/GVariesApril 15Attend and present at Botany annual conference
American Society of Plant Taxonomists Student Travel Grant LotteryUG/G$500Mid-MarchASPT members attend and present at Botany annual conferenceAnnouncement emailed to advisor
American Society of Plant Biologists Travel AwardsUG/G$575, portion of registration fee may be waivedBeginning of JanuaryASPB members attend and present at Plant Biology annual conference, includes abstract
SSE/BEACON Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution Travel AwardUGCovers travel, registration, and lodgingLate MarchUnderrepresented groups in STEM, mentoring and poster presentation at the Evolution annual conference
SSE Graduate Student and Postdoc Travel SupplementsG$500Late MarchPresentation at Evolution annual conference
SACNAS Travel ScholarshipUG/GTravel and lodgingApril 15 for spring, July 8 for summerPresentation at SACNAS annual conference
CSUPERB Student Travel GrantsUG/G$1500Early October or early MarchTravel to biotechnology-related professional meetings and workshops or to collect biotechnology-related data at shared instrumentation facilities or research sites.
California Weed Science Society Student Travel Award/Poster CompetitionUG/G$500 and free registrationMid-NovemberSubmit presentation abstract for the CWSS annual conference
Announcement emailed to advisor
International Weed Genomics Consortium Travel AwardGCovers travel and lodgingMid-DecemberRegister for meeting (free), submit presentation abstract, and register for ECS workshop
Announcement emailed to advisor
CSUPERB Student Travel to SymposiumUG/GUp to $150 travel reimbursementEarly DecemberMust pay $100 registration fee separately; CSUPERB symposium abstract must be accepted
Northern California Botanists Symposium Student StipendsUG/G$200 reimbursementEarly DecemberTo attend NCB Symposium, covers registration with extra for travel, should be a presenting student NCB memberCheck symposium website for that year; Announcement emailed to advisor

Awards and Prizes

Award NameStudent LevelAward AmountDeadlineRequirementsWebsite
CSUPERB Don Eden Grad Student Research AwardG$1000 cash prize, up to $1000 to attend a national conferenceMid-SeptemberPrize for outstanding biotechnology-related research, must present a poster at CSUPERB conference
CSUPERB Crellin Pauling Student Teaching AwardG$2000Mid-OctoberPrize for outstanding student teaching achievement in biotechnology-related courses, must attend CSUPERB conference to accept award
CSUPERB Glenn Nagel Undergrad Research AwardUG$1000 cash prize, up to $1000 to attend a national conferenceMid-SeptemberPrize for outstanding biotechnology-related research, must present a poster at CSUPERB conference
American Society of Plant Taxonomists Undergraduate Research PrizeUG$300End of FebruaryOutstanding independent research project in plant systematics completed by an undergrad within the last two years
Botanical Society of America Young Botanist AwardUGNo moneyMarch 1Outstanding graduating seniors in the plant sciences