EPA-GRO Fellowships

National deadline:  May 27, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Entering the last two years of study before obtaining their first bachelor's degree
  • Attending a fully accredited U.S. college or university
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA

Award summary and conditions:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships program, is offering undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 34 new fellowships.  Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year. The fellowship provides up to $20,700 per academic year of support and $8,600 of support for a three-month summer internship.

The GRO program enhances and supports quality environmental education for undergraduates, and thereby encourages them to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate level, and pursue careers in environmentally-related fields, such as biology, health, the social sciences, and engineering. 

Electronic application: use the application package available at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/apply-for-grants.html
Step-by-step instructions can be found at this site: http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2014/2014_gro_undergrad.html#FUNDING

Application components:

  • Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form (SF) 424
  • EPA Key Contacts Form (5700-54)
  • Front Page
  • Personal Statement
  • Background Information
         Education & Relevant Experiences
         Presentations
         Course Work
  • EPA Human Subjects Research Statement (HSRS)
  • Three letters of recommendation (letters must be submitted by the letter writers directly to EPA electronically)

Select a single Funding Opportunity Number (FON) for your application. You may only apply for only one FON.  Failure to select a proper FON could result in an inappropriate review assignment. If your application seems to fit under more than one FON, choose the most appropriate one, or select "Environmental Sciences & Interdisciplinary Programs."  For a list of FON options, please see the website: http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2014/2014_gro_undergrad.html#FUNDING

Selection process: All eligible applications are reviewed by appropriate external technical peer reviewers based on the criteria listed on the website.  This review is designed to evaluate each application according to its scientific merit.  The individual external peer reviewers include non-EPA scientists, engineers, social scientists, and/or economists who are accomplished in their respective disciplines and proficient in the technical subjects they are reviewing.

Faculty Representative:  Keith Raether

Contact information:
Tech support:  Georgette Boddie (boddie.georgette@epa.gov); phone: 703/347-8049
Eligibility Contact: Ron Josephson (josephson.ron@epa.gov); phone: 703-308-0442