Research Funding


Students looking for funding for their independent research projects can find support through Tufts as well as through some of our external partners. The list below is not intended to be comprehensive, but should serve as a helpful resource for students beginning their search for funding.



Environmental Research Fellowships

The Tufts Institute of the Environment gives grants to graduate students pursuing individual or group research in the environmental field. Recipients can receive up to $6000 for travel, supplies, room, and renumeration. PhD students must apply in November, and masters students must apply in February.


TIE Data Collection and Conference Grants

TIE offers financial assistance to Tufts students working on interdisciplinary environmental research or attending environmental conferences. Their funding page lists all currently available opportunities.


CUAHSI Pathfinder Fellowship

The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydraulic Sciences is offering a grant of up to $5000 for graduate students wanting to expand the scale/geography of their water science research. Applications due annually in mid-October.


Tufts Graduate Education Scholarships and Fellowships
The Office of Graduate Studies at Tufts University coordinates funding for individuals interested in research and teaching at the college/university level. Funding opportunities include expenses tied with research, conference travel, and training for classroom teaching.


Larson Aquatic Research Scholarship
Sponsored by the American Water Works Association (, the LARS scholarships provide support for doctoral and masters students interested in careers in the fields of corrosion control, treatment and distribution of domestic and industrial water supplies, aquatic chemistry, and/or environmental chemistry. $5,000 for master's degree students, $7,000 for doctoral students.


Science to Achieve Results (STAR) research grants
NCER’s Science to Achieve Results or STAR program funds research grants and graduate fellowships in numerous environmental science and engineering disciplines through a competitive solicitation process and independent peer review. The program engages the nation’s best scientists and engineers in targeted research that complements EPA’s own outstanding intramural research program and those of our partners in other federal agencies.


Planning and Urban Form Research Fellowships
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Department of Planning and Urban Form seek research proposals that address the theme of climate change, including; the effect of urban density, connectivity, and mix of land uses on greenhouse gas emissions; regional planning responses to climate change, as are currently being implemented in California; managing the risks presented by extreme weather, including increased flooding, wildfires, drought, and exacerbation of the urban heat island effect.


National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)

Tufts is a University Affiliate of the NCSE.This is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decisionmaking. This association offers a number of valuable resources, including networking opportunities, a national conference, and access to an online listing of Environmental Internships. The NCSE often lists funding for environmental research projects through their Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) program.


Clean Water Scholarships

For more information on scholarships and to learn more about careers in the water sector, please visit's Careers for Clean Water webpage.