Graduate Student Funding

GDPE is dedicated to helping support our students through various funding opportunities. Regular opportunities include Research Grants (due the second Tuesday in Sept. and Feb.) and Travel & Training Grants due the fourth Tuesday in Sept. and Feb.). There are also several Graduate Assistantships available each year. Please refer to the appropriate sections below for details.

Please contact our Assistant Director, Jennifer Neuwald, if you have any questions.

Grants

Research Grant

Deadline: Second Tuesday in September (Fall) and February (Spring)

We accept applications for small grants (generally between $500-$2,000) to fund GDPE students to support their graduate research towards their degrees. Proposals will be reviewed (and scored) by a diverse group of GDPE faculty and previous student awardees.

The evaluation criteria, fully detailed in the Rubric are:

  1. Quality of the research and the research proposal (including adherence to formatting guidelines).
  2. Need for the funds to complete the research.
  3. Qualifications of the graduate student investigator (progress toward degree, CSU GPA, presentations at professional meetings and publications).
  4. Participation in GDPE activities, professional development, active mentoring, and/or engagement in DEI initiatives.

Funds may be used for a combination of:

  • Equipment and supplies for research
  • Costs of travel to field or remote lab sites or to collaborate with others on research (not to professional meetings or development).
  • Equipment rental for research
  • Hiring of a research assistant (graduate student stipends may not be requested)

Students at all levels in all degree plans (MS, PhD) are encouraged to apply. Students who have received GDPE research funding should give special attention to the “Previous GDPE Funding” section of the application to provide a thoughtful justification for additional funding. We fund high ranking first-time proposals first, and then high ranking proposals of those who have received funding previously. You are encouraged to work with your advisor on your grant proposal. Incorporating feedback from your advisor and previous reviews improves your chances of funding.

How to Apply

Please submit the relevant components below:

  1. Application Form
    Provide requested information. Your itemized budget and budget justification are part of the application. Please be judicious about details to include and succinct, but clear, with your information. Please adhere to requested limits. Name your pdf using the format: Lastname_Firstname_GDPE_ResearchGrant.doc
  2. 2 page Research Proposal (please append your proposal to your application to turn in a single pdf). 
    Include sections for your question(s), hypotheses, methods (including data analyses), highlights of results to date, expected outcome(s), and references. Use no smaller than 11-point font and maintain at least a 1-inch margin. Consider using a Science format for references to save space. Your list of references is part of the 2-page limit.
  3. Letter of Support from your major advisor (sent separately)
    Letter should highlight (i) the quality of your research, (ii) your progress in research and toward your degree, and (iii) any other outstanding qualities. Ask your major advisor to email a letter of support to Dr. Jennifer Neuwald (jennifer.neuwald@colostate.edu). Double check with them as we approach the deadline to confirm they have submitted this!

Note: Historically, we have worked to fund as many proposals as possible. Please consider your budget line items carefully to ensure that your budget is reasonable. Please prioritize your expenses and indicate which line items would be suitable for partial support. Also, if you only need a small grant (e.g. $400), you are welcomed and encouraged to apply!

Research Grant Application Submission

Name(Required)
Suggested GDPE Faculty Reviewers
Please list up to 3 GDPE Faculty who you would like to review your application. Please click see our Faculty Directory for the list of the current GDPE Faculty.
Name
Department
 
Please upload the completed application form linked above and title your file using the following format: Lastname_Firstname_GDPE_ResearchGrant.doc
Max. file size: 40 MB.

Travel and Training Grant

Deadline: Fourth Tuesday in September (Fall) and February (Spring)

We accept applications for professional development and travel grants (up to $500) to GDPE students who are seeking aid to attend professional meetings, workshops, symposia, or other professional development events.

Requirements for this funding opportunity include:

  1. Travel must be to a professional meeting, workshop, symposium, training or other such activity.
    · Students are expected to be active participants at the event. Students attending discipline-specific professional meetings (e.g. ESA) must present a talk or poster from your graduate research in GDPE.
    · Examples of professional development include institutes, pedagogical training, or other professional training that ties directly to enhancing your career. It should not be travel to field & research sites or one-on-one colleague collaborations. Those funds can be requested under the GDPE Small Research Grant.
  2. Funding can be used for meeting registration, airfare, lodging, or other travel-related expenses.
    · Registration fees only cover the cost of registration, not additional items, such as conference shirts, banquets, field trips, etc.
  3. Awards are for GDPE students only.
  4. Travel must occur between:
    · October and May for Fall applicants
    · March and November for Spring applications

Preference will be given to:

  1. Students near the end of their research careers in GDPE, who are actively looking to network at the meeting and are searching for a post-graduate position.
  2. Students who have not received previous travel grants from GDPE.
  3. Students presenting oral presentations rather than posters or are facilitators rather than participants.
  4. Students participating in other service, leadership, or DEIJ roles at the meeting
  5. Students who can demonstrate their active participation in GDPE.

Note: All students are welcome to apply! The criteria above are guidelines for preference, but we regularly fund students who don’t meet these criteria due to stochastic applicant pools and available funding.

Disclaimers:

  • Please be aware that university policy requires that receipts for reimbursement must be submitted to within 6 weeks upon completion of travel. Submit to your advising department finance coordinator.
  • Acceptance of presentation/poster is required prior to the dispersal of funds
  • A report of expenditures must be submitted to GDPE within 45 days from completion of travel

How to Apply

Please submit the relevant components below:

  1. Application Form
    Name your file using the format: Lastname_Firstname_GDPE_TravelGrant.doc
  2. Letter of Support from your major advisor (sent separately)
    Letter should address the importance of this travel/event to your professional development. Ask your major advisor to email a letter of support to Dr. Jennifer Neuwald (jennifer.neuwald@colostate.edu). Double check with them as we approach the deadline to confirm they have submitted this!

Travel & Training Grant Application Submission

Name(Required)
Max. file size: 40 MB.
Please upload the completed application form linked above and title your file using the following format: LastName_FirstName_Sp22_GDPE_TravelGrant.doc

Graduate Assistantships

LIFE 102/103 Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Deadline: Last Friday of October for Spring positions; Last Friday of April for Fall positions

We accept applications from current GDPE students for LIFE102/103 Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) for Fall and Spring positions. The course assignment will depend on the background and qualifications of the candidate, as well as where help is needed most.

Qualifications

Candidates will be evaluated based on:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Successful progress toward a MS or PhD degree
  • Ability to teach undergraduate core Life Science labs in the Biology Department

Students with clearly demonstrated need and/or who are near the end of their academic training are given priority, followed by students who have not received this position in the past. All interested students who are currently enrolled in the program are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please submit the relevant components below:

  1. Application Form
    Will include a brief Statement of Interest and justification of Financial Need. Name your file using the format: Lastname_Firstname_GDPE LIFE 102/103 Application
  2. Letter of Support from your major advisor (sent separately)
    Ask your major advisor to email a letter of support to Dr. Jennifer Neuwald (jennifer.neuwald@colostate.edu). Double check with them as we approach the deadline to confirm they have submitted this!

LIFE 102/103 GTA Application Submission

Name(Required)
Please select the Semester you are applying to teach in.(Required)
Max. file size: 40 MB.
Please upload the completed application form linked above and title your file using the following format: LastName_FirstName_GDPE_GTA.doc

ECOL Teaching Fellowship

Deadlines: Last Friday of October for Spring position (one available);

Last Friday of April for Fall positions (two available)

The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities for more senior GDPE students to gain meaningful graduate-level teaching experience in advanced ecology courses, ECOL 505 (Foundations of Ecology), ECOL 600 (Community Ecology), and ECOL 610 (Ecosystem Ecology). Note that these are one-semester teaching awards that cover tuition (but not fees) and provide a stipend of ca. $2200 per month along for 4.5 months with standard GTA benefits. Students selected for the GDPE Teaching Fellows Program should be interested in careers that include pedagogy at the graduate level. Thus, a key outcome for students selected for a GDPE Teaching Fellowship will be enhanced professional training and demonstrated experience in delivering graduate-level content to students

Qualifications

The criteria for selection of GDPE Teaching Fellowships are as follows:

  1. A senior GDPE PhD student, preferably having already passed the qualifying exam.
  2. A knowledge base and skill set that will positively impact the specific graduate-level course

As a condition of the program, a student may not receive a GDPE Teaching Fellowship for more than one course per year, nor for more than a total of 2 courses over the student’s PhD training period. The aim of this program is to provide opportunities for the most qualified students from across the GDPE. Thus, the program is open to all GDPE PhD students.

How to Apply

Please submit the relevant components below:

  1. A short (1 page) cover letter indicating:
    (1) the reasons for your interest in being a GDPE Teaching Fellow.
    (2) your qualifications for participating in this course
    (3) your “GDPE status”
       (# years in the GDPE program, advisor, date you passed your qualifying exams, a list of GDPE courses taken, and a list of any other pertinent ecology courses completed but not at CSU)
  2. A short (2-page max) CV

Name your combined cover letter and CV using the format: Lastname_Firstname_GDPE_ECOLFellowship.doc

ECOL Teaching Fellowship Application Submission

Name(Required)
Please select the Semester you are applying to teach in.(Required)
Max. file size: 40 MB.
Please upload your combined cover letter (1 page max) and CV (2 page max) using the format: Lastname_Firstname_GDPE_ECOLFellowship.doc

Science Communication Fellowship

Deadlines: Position is called for on a rolling basis

We periodically hire a GDPE graduate student to serve as the Science Communication Fellow and Program Assistant.

The fellow will work on science communication projects on behalf of GDPE with an eye towards ensuring the sustainability of any new projects initiated. Please see below for a list of established duties and potential other activities that include both traditional science communication and program support for GDPE.

For any questions you may have about the position or applying, please contact our current Science Communication Fellow.

Expectations

This fellowship allows for flexibility in establishing science communication projects that the fellow is interested in, and we encourage working with other GDPE students to develop projects. In addition to these projects, there are programatic duties expected of the fellow.

Expected Duties
  • Work on the GDPE webpages with the Admin staff using WordPress
  • Run our Twitter account (or supervise intern to do so)
  • Attend and photograph events
  • Weekly Digest maintenance using Constant Contact
  • Publish 2 Source articles/semester
  • 1-2 workshops or other projects/semester – these could be new ideas of yours, or from one of the lists below, or some combination
Past Activities
  • Youtube Video series 
  • GDPE Laugh & Learn Comedy Night
  • Career Panels featuring GDPE alumni
  • Infographics Workshop
  • Outreach for K-12: Ecology Graduate Students
  • Hired/mentored undergraduate intern (paid/unpaid)
  • Created/updated GDPE promotional video
  • Created/updated FRSES promotional video
  • Set up FRSES Ramfunder
  • Alumni newsletters
  • GDPE Highlighted Researcher/Student
Possible Activities
  • Developing a GDPE presence in The Conversation
  • Alumni outreach
  • Flyer and other materials development on GDPE and our science for potential donors
  • Editing current materials (video, student resources, website)
  • Other ideas from the fellow and/or gathered from GDPE grad students and faculty
  • GDPE & CSU Writes Workshop Series
  • Develop rapport/coordination with different GDPE Colleges/Departments
  • Update SciComm handbook

Qualifications

The criteria for selection of GDPE Science Communication Fellow are as follows:

  1. A GDPE student in their second year or later. Our program will likely only be able to cover a maximum of 6 tuition credits (see call for applications for more details).
  2. Knowledge and skillset to meet the expected duties of the position.

Students pursuing a career in Science Communication are given preference when selecting a fellow.

How to Apply

Please submit the relevant components below:

  1. A cover letter (maximum two pages)
    Highlight your interest or experience in science communication and ideas or projects you are excited to pursue
    a. please address the “Established duties” below, indicating the experience or ideas you have as relevant
    b. please tell us what other funding opportunities you are applying to (for us to be efficient in allocating funding to as many students as possible across the different calls and opportunities)
  2. A short (2-page max) CV
    Submit your combined cover letter and CV using the format Lastname_Firstname_GDPE_SciComm.doc
  3. Letter of Support from your major advisor (sent separately)
    Ask your major advisor to email a letter of support to Dr. Jennifer Neuwald (jennifer.neuwald@colostate.edu). Double check with them as we approach the deadline to confirm they have submitted this!

Science Communication Fellowship Application Submission

Name(Required)
Max. file size: 40 MB.
Submit your combined cover letter and CV using the format: Lastname_Firstname_GDPE_SciComm_Cover Letter and CV.doc
Max. file size: 40 MB.
Submit a PDF of an email from your advisor approving your application for the position use the format: Lastname_Firstname_GDPE_SciComm_Advisor Letter.pdf