University of Montana Graduate Enhancement Awards

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 5:00pm

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) at the University of Montana has funds to support ongoing graduate research in the ecology/environmental sciences or related fields.  Funds may be used for summer salary, research supplies, travel, hiring a technician, or publication support. Awards up to $5,000 per student are available.


  • Open to graduate students at University of Montana, Montana Tech, Montana Western, and all Montana Tribal Colleges who are not graduating before December 2017
  • Must be pursuing a degree in ecology/environmental sciences (considered broadly) or the social sciences-with environmental theme
  • Awards can only fund research based in the United States and Canada (no foreign travel)
  • Award budget cannot include capital equipment (≥$5,000), computers, or tuition
  • Funds will be managed by the IoE; purchases require IoE pre-approval and reimbursements will be processed monthly
  • All funds and travel must be completed prior to August 31, 2017
  • Awarded students must complete Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research training


Applicants should submit the following:

1) Online Application (

2) Research Proposal

  • 2000 words max, 12 pt. font. Proposal  must include the following sections: conceptual framework, background, and research methodology

3) Budget with written justification

  • Use the Montana IoE Graduate Awards Budget Template for primary budget  
  • Add additional page with justification summarizing usage of requested funds
  • Please follow home department guidelines for summer research assistantships.
  • Travel expenses must follow university policy

4) Curriculum vitae


Successful applicants must submit a summary of progress to the Montana IoE once the award has been fully spent. Additional reporting to Montana NSF EPSCoR is also required at the end of the summer.

Contact:  Jacob Dyste at




MSU IoE Office

Montana State University
605 Leon Johnson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-2374
MSU Director: Bruce Maxwell

UM IoE Office

The Universityi of Montana

The University of Montana
Davidson Honors College
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-6058
UM Director: Maury Valett


Montana University System

Montana University System

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620