University of Montana Graduate Enhancement Awards

Overview: 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.

Eligibility/Process

  • 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
  • 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

Application

Applicants should submit the following:

1) Online Application (below)

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

Reporting

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.

APPLICANT
STUDENT CONTACT INFORMATION
We will keep your email private. This is for the IoE to communicate with you.
Re-enter your email address
A phone number where you can be reached. You need to provide area code and number 406-XXX-YYYY
STUDENT BACKGROUND
ACADEMIC INFORMATION
REQUIRED APPLICATION FILE UPLOADS
2000 words max, 12 pt. font. Proposal  must include the following sections: conceptual framework, background, and research methodology
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
Use the Montana IoE Graduate Awards Budget Template - http://montanaioe.org/sites/default/files/opportunity/montana_ioe_graduate_awards_budget.docx - 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
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png pdf doc docx xls xlsx.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
If yes, IACUC/IRB approval documentation showing the completion of this requirement must be received prior to the release of any award funds.

Partners

MSU IoE Office

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

UM IoE Office

The Universityi of Montana

The University of Montana
Davidson Honors College
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-4848
UM Director: Ric Hauer

Montana EPSCoR

Program Director:  Ray Callaway
Project Administrator: Todd Kipfer
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-2617

Montana University System

Montana University System

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620
406-444-6570