EPA GRO Fellowship

Information session in October TBA.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships program, is offering Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) undergraduate fellowships for bachelor-level students in environmental fields of study.

The GRO Undergraduate Fellowship program is part of the national effort to help ensure that the United States meets its current and projected human resource needs in the environmental science, engineering, and policy fields.  By enhancing and supporting quality environmental education for undergraduate students, the GRO Undergraduate Fellowship encourages promising students to pursue careers in environmentally-related fields and to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate level. This goal is consistent with the mission of EPA, which is to provide leadership in the nation’s environmental science, research, education, assessment, restoration, preservation, pollution prevention and sustainability efforts. The GRO Fellowship program has benefited both public and private sectors by consistently providing the nation with well-trained environmental specialists to meet environmental challenges in our society. GRO-supported fellows have provided new environmental research in the physical, biological, health, and social sciences as well as in engineering.

Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year. The fellowship provides up to $19,700 per academic year of support and $9,500 of support for a three-month summer internship.  Potential Funding per Fellowship: Up to a total of $48,900 over a two-year period. Cost sharing is not required.

Details:  $800 per month stipend during the academic year; up to $10,000 per academic year tuition; $2,500 per year for items and activities for the direct benefit of the fellow’s education, such as for health insurance, books, supplies, equipment, and travel to technical and scientific meetings; $9,500 for the summer internship, which includes travel and living expenses.

Subject to availability of funding, 40 fellowships are expected to be provided.

Studies in environmentally-related study and problem solving in a variety of environmentally-related fields, such as natural and life sciences, environmental sciences and interdisciplinary programs, engineering, social sciences, physical sciences and earth sciences, mathematics, and computer science.  By providing financial support across disciplines, EPA expects to continue to assist in increasing the nation’s environmental workforce and ability to produce leading-edge research, and in advancing the nation’s research and development enterprise.

fully accredited four-year U.S. institutions of higher education.


  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • pursuing a bachelor's degree in an environmentally-related field, such as physics, biology, health, the social sciences, and engineering. Students must have two years remaining from the start of the Fall semester before receiving their initial bachelor's degree.
  • The fellowship tenure is for two academic years (9 months each) with a required paid internship during the summer after the first year. Thus, only students who will be entering their last two years of college will be considered eligible.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall at the time of application and during the tenure of the fellowship.
  • During the tenure of the fellowship, students must attend a fully accredited four year U.S. institution of higher education. These schools must be listed as not highly funded for research and development capacity.  For the purposes of this solicitation, EPA considers students attending those institutions identified as receiving more than $35 million in annual federal research and development funding in the National Science Foundation's publication "Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: FY 2007," Table 12, column 2, as ineligible under this solicitation. Students attending those institutions either not listed, or listed as having received $35 million or less as designated in column 2 of Table 12 are eligible to apply.
  • Applications must be submitted by the student. Applications submitted by the institution on behalf of the student will be rejected without review.

; external deadlines are also listed on program websites.

Interested candidates should contact Lisa Gates by October 15 for guidance and assistance in preparing the application.

To apply, the following application materials must be submitted:

Item 1. Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form (SF) 424 (for electronic submissions via Grants.gov) or Standard Form (SF) 424 I-Individual (for paper submissions)

Item 2. EPA Key Contacts Form (5700-54)

Item 3. Front Page

Item 4. Personal Statement

Item 5. Background Information:

Education & Relevant Experiences
Publications & Presentations
Course Work

Item 6. Letters of Recommendation (sent by referees via e-mail)

You may submit only one application under this announcement, which means you can only submit an application under one Funding Opportunity Number (FON) as described on their website.  In instances where more than one application is submitted, EPA will contact the applicant to determine which application(s) will be withdrawn.

You may submit either a paper application or an electronic application via Grants.gov, but not both for this announcement. The necessary forms for submitting a GRO Fellowship paper application can be found on the NCER web site, http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/forms/. To apply electronically, you must use the application package available at Grants.

Lisa Gates, Dean for Fellowships and Research
Davis Family Library 225G

EPA GRO Fellowship