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Funding Options

The ERI supports research and teaching in environmental sciences, including multidisciplinary work on projects that cross boundaries of environmental sciences, social sciences, policy, humanities, and other multidisciplinary collaborations. Information about funding is available at this link. Questions about funding can be directed to members of the ERI steering committee. 

Student research support

The ERI encourages students to include environmental science research in their course of studies by offering funding to support research opportunities both on campus and around the world. Students may apply for support to attend field camps, to do research at environmental field stations, or to carry out an independent project under the sponsorship of a faculty mentor here at Vassar.

The ERI funds two types of student proposals: 

  1. Mentored research projects (e.g. theses), rolling deadline, up to $1000, full research proposal requested
  2. Summer research, internships, or field courses (normally 8-10 weeks of experience), March deadline, up to $3500

Collins Fellow

The Collins Fellow in Environmental Science provides a 1-year post-baccalaureate research opportunity for a Vassar graduate who majored in Environmental Studies or a related field and is considering graduate education. Collins fellows work with Environmental Research Institute faculty on field and laboratory research projects, assist with laboratory instruction in Environmental Studies 124: the Essentials of Environmental Science, and conduct outreach to the Poughkeepsie community about ERI projects.

Applications for the Collins Fellowship are normally due before Spring Break. For information, please contact Catherine Meyer or ERI committee members. 

Faculty research grants

The ERI provides financial support for faculty research on Earth’s environmental systems and human interactions with those systems through the Class of 1942 (Collins) Faculty Research Fund. Ecological, evolutionary, geological, chemical, anthropological or behavioral research projects are funded on a competitive basis, with grant proposals solicited twice a year, with due dates generally immediately after October Break and Spring Break.