EPA National Center for Environmental Research Fellowships

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STAR Fellowships

EPA's STAR graduate fellowship program supports masters and doctoral candidates in environmental studies. Each year, students in the United States compete for STAR fellowships through a rigorous review process. Students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as social anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences. Since the program began in 1995, EPA has awarded approximately 1,500 STAR fellowships to students in every state and most territories. Fellowships have helped educate new academic researchers, government scientists, science teachers, and, environmental engineers.

STAR fellowships are intended to help defray the ever-increasing costs associated with studies leading to advanced degrees in environmental sciences. The actual amount awarded per year will vary depending on the amount of tuition and fees and the number of months the stipend is needed.

Benefits of an EPA STAR Fellowship include: Up to $44,000 per year of, including $12,000 per year for tuition and fees, $27,000 per year in a monthly stipend, and an annual expense allowance of $5,000. STAR support for full-time students in a 2-year masters program or 3- year doctoral program at any accredited U.S. college or university. The U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and resident lines with green cards may apply. 

Qualifying Areas of Research for STAR Fellowships (All Categories include Social Sciences)

  • Emerging Environmental Approaches and Challenges
  • Human Health Risk Assessment
  • Chemical Safety for Sustainability
  • Air, Climate and Energy
  • Safe and Sustainable Water Resources
  • Safe and Healthy Communities

For more information: https://www.epa.gov/research-fellowships/research-fellowship-opportunities


Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Undergraduate Fellowships

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowships for bachelor level students in environmentally related fields of study.

Eligible students will receive funds up to $50,000 for the last 2 years of an undergraduate program in environmental studies. GRO support students for 4-year, fully accredited institutions of higher education with limited funding for research and development. $800 monthly stipend, $2,500 expense allowance, and up to $11,000 for tuition and fees. Summer internship at EPA research laboratory or other facilities with $8,600 stipend including relocation allowance. Applicants must have at least a "B" average. U.S Citizens, permanent residents, and resident lines with green cards may apply.

Areas of Research Supported for GRO

  • Natural and Life sciences
  • Environmental sciences and interdisciplinary programs
  • Social sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Mathematics and Computer Sciences
  • Engineering

For more information: https://www.epa.gov/research-fellowships/research-fellowship-opportunities

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

Since 1981, EPA's NCER has managed the AAAS Science and Engineering Fellows Program, in cooperation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The fellowship program is designed to provide an opportunity to learn first-hand how scientific and technological information is used in environmental policy-making; to provide a unique public policy learning experience; to demonstrate the value of science, technology, and economics in addressing societal problems; and to make practical contributions to the more effective use of scientific and technical knowledge in the programs of the U.S. government. Fellows will work in offices throughout the EPA on projects of mutual interest to the Fellows and the hosting offices. Applications are accepted by AAAS by November 1st. For more information go to the AAAS fellowship site: https://www.aaas.org/programs/science-technology-policy-fellowships/become-fellow-application 


Applicants need to have: 

  • Hold a doctoral-level science degree or a master's in engineering
  • Have solid scientific and technical credentials and 3 references
  • Exhibit integrity, problem-solving ability, flexibility, and leadership qualities
  • U.S citizen
  • Committed to serving society
  • Have good verbal and written communication skills
  • Not a federal employee or a full-time employee of AAAS


Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) /EPA Environmental Health Fellowship Program 

To enhance the training of highly qualified and motivated public health professionals, EPA has partnered with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) to offer a professional development program for graduates of accredited US Schools of Public Health. Fellowship positions are full-time opportunities for a duration of one year (November 2020 - October 2021). Fellowships may be extended for an additional year, pending available funding, continued priority of the project area within EPA, and mutual agreement by the fellow, EPA, and ASPPH.

Applicants must have received their masters or doctorate degrees from a ASPPH- member school or program of public health within the last 5 years and be a US citizen or hold a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S. Preference will be given to candidates with a Certified in Public Health (CPH)

For additional information go to: https://www.aspph.org/study/fellowships-and-internships/aspphepa-environmental-health-fellowship-program/

EPA Marshall Scholarship Program

In recognition of the global nature of environmental challenges and the need to pool the resources of many nations to solve environmental problems, EPA has joined with the United Kingdom's Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, which has been administering the esteemed Marshall Scholarship since 1953. The first two years are supported by the UK through a Marshall Scholarship to a university in Great Britain. Successful candidates may receive up to three additional years of support towards a doctoral degree, either in England or in the US. Applications are due each year in October. Up to 50 scholarship awarded annually. Go to the Marshall Scholarship web site for more information: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

  • open to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7
  • To qualify for awards tenable from October 2021, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2018

EPA Office of Research and Development Post-Doctoral Research Program

EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) seeks postdoctoral scientists and engineers to fill up to four-year research positions. Positions focus on the exposure and effects of environmental contaminants on human health and the environment. Preferred candidates will have earned a Ph.D. within the last five years or will have it awarded prior to their federal employment start date. The location is based on the particular disciplinary focus of the candidate and the overall requirements of the program. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents. For more information: https://cfpub.epa.gov/ordpd/

National Academy of Science/National Research Council Fellowships

This government-wide program enables post-doctoral and mid-career technical professionals to work as visiting scientists at federal laboratories, including EPA, for periods of up to three years. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent. https://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/RAP/index.htm

National Science Foundation Internship Opportunities at EPA

The National Science Foundation (NSF) established the Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) in partnership with federal agencies to provide professional development and career preparation for NSF Graduate Research Fellows. Click here to search EPA GRIP opportunities posted by research category. To learn more, go to the National Science Foundation GRIP information page

In addition to GRIP, NSF supports federal student internships through the “Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) Supplemental Funding Opportunity”. NSF research grantees may collaborate with federal agencies to develop an internship for graduates students. Learn more about the NSF INTERN program.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Internships, Scholarships and Fellowships

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) administer internships and research project training opportunities funded by EPA offices and laboratories and by other government and private sector organizations. These opportunities are available year-round to science and engineering undergrads, grad students, recent grads and post-docs. 


Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Innovation Fellowship Program

EPA seeks information technology and digital services expertise to solve current Agency information technology challenges on a two-year temporary appointment (with possible extensions of up to four-years.) Positions focus on the modernization of EPA systems, applications and data through agile development, user-centered design, modular practices and open innovation. The location of the position is based on the positions available and the overall requirements of the program. Applicants must be United States citizens. 


Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)

The PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program for outstanding advanced degree candidates or grad school graduates who want a career in public service or elsewhere. Eligible candidates apply and participate in a rigorous assessment process. Those ultimately selected as finalists seek appointments as PMFs (Fellows). In addition to salary and benefits, your two-year appointment as a PMF will provide a fast-paced opportunity to gain experience and develop your talents. PMFs perform valuable service to the American people while jump-starting their careers, and get challenging assignments, formal professional training, rotations to other agencies, feedback on their work plus an opportunity to make government run more efficiently.



Tribal Lands Environmental Science Scholarship Program

The Tribal Lands program enables Native Americans to work for the environmental protection of tribal lands by assisting them in their pursuit of environmental science degrees. Full-time junior, senior, and graduate students majoring in an environmental discipline are eligible to compete for the scholarships. Students compete based on grade-point average, knowledge of Indian culture, commitment to environmental protection, character and leadership ability, level of study, and work experience.

EPA works with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) to select the scholarship winners. Students wishing to apply should do so through AISES, which has chapters on many college campuses and may be contacted at 1630 30th Street, Suite 301, Boulder, CO 80301 or by calling (303) 939-0023. Applications must be postmarked by June 15 of each year.


Eligibility varies by fellowship.  Please see individual fellowship pages for more information.


Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident

Applications are available online.

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