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Funding Opportunities

Prospective Students:

Graduate Student Fellowships:

We offer two types of fully-funded graduate fellowships for students interested in conservation of plants and animals. Both provide students with recruitment and repatriation airfares, a stipend, a tuition fee waiver, and the opportunity to apply for competitive research funds. Fellows will be enrolled in UMSL's PhD or MS graduate degree programs and participate in special workshops or internships designed to increase the Fellow’s capacity to make an impact in conservation following graduation. To apply, please follow the instructions for students applying to Biology Graduate Programs Associated with the Harris World Ecology Center as well as the additional requirements linked below:

The Christensen Fund Graduate Fellowship Program in Plant Conservation

Whitney R. Harris and Saint Louis Zoo Fellowship in Animal Conservation

We also offer teaching assistant and research assistant positions with the Department of Biology, and students in the program qualify for numerous other funding opportunities (see below). 

Current Students:

Harris Center Fellowships and Scholarships are only available to students enrolled in programs at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.


Application Guidelines for Graduate Research Scholarships

Application Guidelines for Community Scholarship

Application Guidelines for Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Application Cover Sheet

Graduate Conservation Internships

Travel Awards:

The Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center will provide funding to UM-St. Louis graduate students to support their attendance at conferences and workshops.  Students wishing to attend conferences covering the fields of population biology, ecology, evolution, systematics, behavior, behavioral ecology, conservation biology, conservation policy, sustainable development, and ecosystem ecology are encouraged to apply. No geographic restrictions apply to where the research was undertaken. Funds will be given for all or part of travel expenses, registration fees, housing or per diem expenses. Applicants should concurrently seek support from the Department of Biology and the Graduate School.

Travel Request Application form (pdf.file)

Organization for Tropical Studies:

The Harris Center provides support in terms of travel costs and course fees for UMSL graduate students to participate in Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) courses.  OTS offers field courses in Costa Rica (and several other tropical countries) that cover a wide range of topics from field biology to conservation to public policy, and course credits can be transferred to UMSL.  Contact Dr. Nathan Muchhala or Dr. Zuleyma Tang-Martinez, the current UMSL faculty representatives to OTS, for further information on the courses. To apply for Harris support, send your CV to Ashley Johns along with a short paragraph explaining how the OTS course will be beneficial at this point in your career.  Priority will be given to applicants who have applied for tuition scholarships from OTS as well.

External Funding Opportunities:

Pivot Database

Pivot, formerly Community of Science (COS) is the leading global resource for hard-to-find information critical to scientific research and other projects across all disciplines. Sponsor types include academic institutions, federal government, professional societies and associations, private foundations, other nonprofits, etc. Search results can be easily narrowed by selecting a purpose, sponsor type, requirement (e.g., academic institution, graduate student or undergraduate student), or top keywords. Please see MU's instructions to access the database. 

External Research Grant and Fellowship Opportunities