EPA STAR Fellowship

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Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study.  The mission of the EPA STAR Fellowships Program is to help ensure that the U.S. meets its current and projected human resource needs in the environmental science, engineering, and policy fields. Thus, the EPA is looking to fund students at the graduate level who are committed to meeting the challenges of today and the next generation by pursuing a career related to protecting human health and the environment. Proposals may come from students in traditional and interdisciplinary academic disciplines; from students studying in emerging fields that will require increased human capacity such as in the social and exposure sciences; from students utilizing multidisciplinary approaches and/or addressing multiple media; and, in areas which focus on environmental justice, environmental education, community-based participation, and/or environmental decision-making.

Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of five years. The fellowship program provides up to $42,000 per year of support per fellowship. Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years for a total of up to $84,000. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years for a total of up to $126,000, usable over a period of five years. Cost sharing is not required.  Eligible applicants as defined in Section III below, including those attending institutions with significant minority enrollment, are particularly encouraged to apply.  

NUMBER OFFERED: Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 80 new fellowships.

Applications are welcomed from students studying any academic discipline to the extent that the particular topic of proposed research is related to EPA’s mission. This includes students studying in ecology, economics, engineering, modeling, the health sciences, physical sciences, earth sciences, exposure sciences, social sciences, informational sciences, mathematical and computer sciences, and environmental sciences. Applications are also welcomed from students who have not traditionally participated in environmental conversations or research, including those that attend Minority Academic Institutions (MAIs).

TENABLE AT: graduate studies at a fully accredited U.S. college or university


  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Students must attend a fully accredited U.S. college or university (located in the U.S. or its territories) for their graduate studies. Applicants do not need to be enrolled in or formally accepted into a full‑time graduate program at the time they apply for a fellowship, but proof of enrollment or acceptance must be produced prior to the award of the fellowship. To be eligible for this fellowship, applicants must be pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in an environmentally-related topic area at a fully accredited U.S. college or university (based in the U.S. or its territories).
  • Applicants who are in a graduate program at the time of application and meet either of the following two criteria ARE NOT eligible to receive a fellowship: 1) have completed more than one year in their current master's program; or 2) have completed more than four years in their current doctoral program. However, applicants enrolled in a master's program who intend to pursue a doctoral degree beginning in the fall of 2012 may apply for a doctoral fellowship.
  • This fellowship does preclude receiving other federal fellowships. However, acceptance of this fellowship does not necessarily preclude acceptance of another private, state, regional, local, or non-profit scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, research assistantship, teaching assistantship, or grant aid.
  • EPA strongly encourages all eligible applicants, including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply. At the same time, the EPA seeks to expand environmental conversations by including members of communities which have not previously participated in such dialogues; therefore EPA strongly encourages such eligible applicants, including applicants from Minority Academic Institutions, to apply.

DEADLINES:  Deadlines (internal and external) for scholarships and fellowships listed on the Middlebury website can be found on the Dates and Deadlines page; external deadlines are also listed on program websites.


Interested candidates should contact Fellowships Director Arlinda Wickland 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. Proposal Description

Item 6. Background Information:

Education & Relevant Experiences
Publications & Presentations
Course Work

Item 7. Letters of Recommendation (sent by referees)



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

EPA STAR Fellowship