Yellowstone Graduate Scholarships - Request for Applications

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) and the MSU Graduate School are excited to introduce the Yellowstone Graduate Scholarships, as part of MSU’s University of the Yellowstone initiative.

The IoE is accepting applications for five Yellowstone Graduate Scholarships for Spring Semester 2020 ($10,000/fellowship).  These are available to Ph.D. students at Montana State University in the environmental sciences and related social sciences, engineering, humanities, and arts, who are conducting scholarly activities in the Yellowstone Region as a central part of their dissertation.  Students in programs at MSU that only offer a terminal master’s degree are also eligible. 

Yellowstone National Park—the world’s first—is the core of the Yellowstone region, but the region also includes public, private, and tribal lands beyond the park’s boundaries.  Greater Yellowstone has long served as a place for important scientific discoveries, an inspiration for creativity, a contested space, and a stage for public discourse.  As home to the world’s last remaining intact temperate ecosystem, the region is center stage for fundamental discussions about humans and nature, including our shared responsibility to protect the planet for future generations.  MSU is proud to be part of this iconic and dynamic social-ecological system, and the Yellowstone Graduate Fellowship program allows us to support PhD students engaged in cutting-edge research and scholarship to better understand this dynamic region. 

Applications are due November 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm and should include:

  • Statement of research or scholarly activity (2 pages).  The statement should also include progress/timeline to degree completion, importance of the Yellowstone region for this work, current funding and need       
  • CV of applicant
  • Letter of reference from major advisor
  • All successful applicants will be required to present their work in the IoE RoughCut Seminar Series.
  • A final report describing outcomes of Scholarship (due September 15, 2020).

Please submit application materials to Madison Boone at as a PDF package. 

Applications will be evaluated by a faculty review committee recruited by IoE from disciplines represented in the applicant pool but not including major professor advisors of applicants.


MSU IoE Office

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

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The University of Montana
Davidson Honors College
Missoula, MT 59812
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UM Director: Maury Valett


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