Environmental Studies Awards

The environmental studies department at UCSC is proud to offer undergraduates and graduates the opportunity to earn awards and scholarships for their achievements. Each year several awards become available, from fall through spring quarter, and are open to all undergraduate students or environmental studies majors. Specific announcements regarding award opportunities will be made throughout the year via email announcements, postings in the department, and on the Quarterly Award Opportunities page.


Graduate Students Only

The Hammett Fellowship

Winter, 2018

The Environmental Studies Department at UCSC is pleased to offer two 1-quarter graduate fellowships to students who conduct interdisciplinary research on climate change or climate change and water issues. These funds are made possible by a generous donation from Benjamin and Ruth Hammett. Awards are available to graduate students only, in any department at UCSC. Priority will be given to students who: (1) are working with UCSC faculty in two different disciplines (ideally labs that have not collaborated extensively in the past), (2) whose projects show promise to provide pilot data to help secure additional outside funding and (3) whose results have clear applications to environmental problem solving.

Deadline: 4:00 p.m., Thursday, February 15. Criteria for selection:

(1) Quality of proposal
(2) Past and continuing evidence of research accomplishments
(3) Thematic link of research to climate change or climate change and water issues.
(4) Fit with the three criteria listed above
(5) Financial need. Priority will be given to students who have not had extensive prior fellowship funding (e.g. an NSF pre-doctoral fellowship).
(6) Applicant must be a graduate student

Funding: The award provides $9,400 towards a 1-quarter fellowship for spring or fall 2017, or 50% summer salary and $2500 in research funds. The balance of funding for a spring or fall fellowship (total costs are ~$11,000 depending on the pay level) must be paid by the students’ department or other research funds.

Application: The application must include:
(1) A completed cover sheet (included below) including funding support to date

(2) A 2-page description of the proposed project which includes:
a. A personal statement summarizing your academic situation (e.g., expected time to graduation), with particular attention to how support from the Hammett award would benefit your progress.
b. A clear statement of the research being conducted, including your research questions and goals, and a brief description of your basic approaches.
c. How your project specifically meets the three criteria listed above and, in particular, what each of the two participating faculty will contribute to your research.

(3) Letters of reference from the two faculty contributing to your project which includes a description of their contributions to this project. The letter from the major professor should indicate that funds exist to pay for the balance of the 1-quarter fellowship. Letters should be sent by separate email to envs1@ucsc.edu.

(4) A CV that includes the following sections: academic history; awards, grants, and honors; public talks; publications; teaching experiences; and public service activities.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Direct any questions to envs1@ucsc.edu

Requirements: By the end of the quarter each awardee is required to submit a brief (1-2 paragraphs), non-technical description of what was accomplished with the grant to provide to financial supporters.

Please use this online form to apply for the Hammett Award or download the print version.  Letters of reference should be sent to envs1@ucsc.edu.

Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Winter, 2018:

The David Gaines Award in Environmental Studies:

David was a UCSC graduate who started the Mono Lake Committee in 1978.  Up to two awards of $500 each will be given in his memory to registered UCSC undergraduate or graduate students for field projects that will make a significant contribution to the solution of an environmental problem. 

Due Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 4:00pm by electronic submission via this form, or download the print version.


Undergraduate Students

Winter, 2018:
This award of $2000 is given to honor Richard Cooley, who was instrumental in the founding of the Environmental Studies program at UCSC. It is for registered UCSC undergraduate students involved in field projects that result in a tangible, positive action for the betterment of the natural environment or improvement in environmental quality. Projects may be local (UCSC included) to international in scope, and examples of successful projects may be seen in the Environmental Studies Internship Office.

Criteria for selection will be based on the project statement, tangible action, scholastic record, demonstrated initiative and potential for successful completion. Preference will be given to Environmental Studies majors. It is recommended that applicants submit a draft proposal to a faculty member for review and feedback prior to applying. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The email address you list below will be used to contact you regarding your application status. Please make sure your name appears on the first page of all uploads.

This application is due Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 4:00pm by electronic submission via this online form, or download the print version.

James Stuart Chanley Scholarship for Environmental Studies:

In memory of James Chanley, an award of up to $1,000 will be given to a UCSC Environmental Studies major.  This scholarship will be awarded to a student with financial need whose record demonstrates initiative and commitment to the environment and most closely resembles that of James Chanley (see biography on application form).

Due Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 4:00pm by electronic submission via this form, or download the print version.


Norris Center Natural History Project Award

This award of up to $1000* is being offered due to a generous gift of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation given to the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History.  The award is for registered UCSC undergraduate students (individual or group) involved in thesis or internship projects that enhance natural history** teaching and/or research; examples include, but are not limited to: natural history displays, field guides, research projects, art, or curricula. Criteria for selection will be based on the quality of the project statement; evidence a concrete product that will further natural history teaching and/or research, a record of natural history training through Natural History Field quarter, other natural history courses, or internships; scholastic record; and demonstrated initiative and potential for successful completion.

Please note that we have additional funds available for students whose work links the art and science of natural history so we particularly encourage projects in that area. The award is open to students in any major working on natural-history related projects (details below and application attached).

Winter/Spring '18:

These awards recognize exceptional achievements in research projects or other creative activities, in order to encourage outstanding scholarship and promote research as an important part of undergraduate education.  Students will be recognized during Undergraduate Student Achievement Week in early June.  There will be a luncheon for Chancellor's awards recipients, their mentors, and divisional deans with Chancellor Blumenthal and Loren Steck onJune 8.  $100 and $500 awards, as well as an additional $1,000 award are offered, along with bound copies of research projects.
Students can apply directly online by going to the Deans' and Chancellor's Undergraduate Awards website, which includes more information.  The online application submission deadline is April 3.


More Opportunities

Many of these awards will be offered again in 2017-18 and 2018-19, quarter to be determined.


CONCUR,INC. Scholarship:
Local business CONCUR, Inc. was founded in 1987 by environmental studies alumni John K. Gamman and Scott T. McCreary. CONCUR, Inc. specializes in combining environmental policy analysis with facilitation and mediation skills, to resolve complex disputes involving scarce or limited natural resources.
This award of up to $500 is given to undergraduate students or Graduate students who have demonstrated an interest or are pursuing studies in environmental dispute resolution. It is for students majoring in Environmental Studies, and the award shall be based on academic merit as indicated by performance in classes and internships.


The Terence Freitas Award in Environmental Studies:
In memory of Terence Freitas, an award of up to $500 will be given to a UCSC Environmental Studies major.  This award will be given to a student with financial need whose scholastic record demonstrates initiative and commitment to the natural environment or the improvement of environmental quality. Preference will be given to students with an interest in and commitment to the livelihood and culture of indigenous peoples in developing countries, or those whose studies are related to conservation, or rainforest preservation.

Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship 2017

The division of social sciences is offered the Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship in Spring 2017.  Undergraduates must submit a short essay (2-3 pages maximum) about their passion for social issues and commitment to public service, as well as a copy of their resume.  Candidates must be in good academic standing and submit an unofficial copy of their transcripts.  

The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to support undergraduate students in the Division of Social Sciences who are passionate about social issues and committed to public service. Gabriel, “Gabe” Zimmerman graduated from UC Santa Cruz (Sociology) and was working for Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as her Director of Community Outreach when he was tragically shot and killed. Generous donations from more than 520 alumni, faculty, community members, and the general public funded this endowment. This endowment awards $2,500 annually to one outstanding undergraduate student who is a major in any of the departments within the Division of Social Sciences. More information about the award and past recipients is available on the Social Sciences website.

Keeley Coastal Scholars Award

The Division of Social Sciences is offering The Keeley Coastal Scholars program. It will support underrepresented students from California with an unmet financial need doing summer research and policy work connected to Coastal Sustainability. Scholarships will range from $1,000 to $4,000 per student with an associated $1,000 in support of the sponsoring faculty member. These funds can be used by students for any expenses incurred during the summer months.

Undergraduate majors are invited to apply for this summer scholarship by submitting an online application and project budget. Candidates must be in good academic standing and submit an unofficial copy of their transcripts.

Candidates must have established financial need during the current academic year. The sponsoring faculty member should submit a letter detailing the student’s abilities and specific project responsibilities. April 28, 2017 was the initial deadline for applications.  To access the official call for nominations and more information about the award and deadlines, click here.

Please Click Here To Access The Online Application

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