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Welcome to the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies scholarship page. The Nelson Institute uses "Scholarships@UW-Madison" located in the My UW-Madison student center for all scholarships.  These scholarships are available to undergraduate students enrolled in a Nelson Institute program; please note there may be additional eligibility requirements depending on the scholarship.

When reviewing applications, the Nelson Institute Review Committee will take into consideration academic achievement, demonstrated financial need, commitment to community and dedication to environmental studies.  All eligible applicants must be in good academic standing, be enrolled full-time at UW-Madison and making progress toward a Nelson Institute environmental studies program.

On-line scholarship application forms must be completed by the deadline noted be considered for awards. Some applications are tied to multiple scholarships while others are for a specific scholarship. If you qualify, you may be asked to complete multiple scholarship application forms. To apply, go to MyUW and click on the Finances Tab. Proceed to Scholarships@UW-Madison

Click here for more information about our program. Please email undergrad@nelson.wisc.edu with any questions about Nelson Institute scholarships.

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Scholarships Descriptions
Community Environmental Scholars Program (CESP) Scholarships support undergraduate students who are committed to community engagement around environmental issues. The awards are for students who plan to complete an undergraduate program in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies or who are...
Community Environmental Scholars Program (CESP) Scholarships support undergraduate students who are committed to community engagement around environmental issues. The awards are for students who plan to complete an undergraduate program in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies or who are declared Environmental Science majors. The campus-wide CESP scholarships are need-based and renewable for up to $8,250/year. Students who receive CESP scholarships enroll in a one-credit seminar (ENV ST 402) in which they explore the opportunities and challenges faced by environmentally-focused community organizations, undertake group-based community service projects, and work on resumes and other career-building skills.
Students must have at least sophomore standing before they apply and be in good academic standing. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must have financial need. CESP state-funded scholarships are available to Wisconsin and Minnesota residents. CESP S-STEM scholarships are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents in a STEM major. These awards also are intended to increase participation from students with backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in Environmental Studies and Environmental Sciences. We especially encourage applications from students who identify with one or more of the following categories: first generation college student, students with disabilities, an underrepresented population, non-traditional student, or veteran.
The Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers the annual Reid Bryson Scholarship competition to honor the life and legacy of our founder, Professor Reid Bryson. The scholarship rewards exemplary students whose research mirrors the...
The Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers the annual Reid Bryson Scholarship competition to honor the life and legacy of our founder, Professor Reid Bryson. The scholarship rewards exemplary students whose research mirrors the innovative and interdisciplinary studies of Professor Bryson, involving either fundamental climate and meteorological processes or topics that connect climate, people, and the environment.
Applicants must either be a registered undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, from any department or center. The research should either address (1) fundamental climatic and meteorological processes or (2) environmental issues at the interface of climate, people, and the environment. Professor Bryson's research was highly interdisciplinary, so students from across the sciences and humanities are encouraged to apply. Research projects should either be ongoing or completed, rather than proposed work.
Scholarships marked with FAFSA required prior to awarding decisions in the list above require a completed Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for awarding decisions. To learn more about applying for financial aid, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.