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Welcome to the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies scholarship page!

The Nelson Institute uses "Scholarships@UW-Madison" for all scholarships.  Scholarships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Nelson Institute programs; please note some scholarships may also require additional/unique eligibility requirements.

Applications will be considered for academic achievement, dedication to environmental studies, commitment to community, and demonstrated financial need.  All eligible applicants must be in good academic standing, be enrolled full-time at UW-Madison, and enrolled in/making progress toward a Nelson Institute environmental studies degree or certificate program.

On-line scholarship application forms must be completed by the deadline noted to be considered for awards. The deadline for the Nelson Institute's Spring 2018 Scholarship Competition is Friday, 9 March 2018. Deadlines for the Community Environmental Scholars Program and the Reid Bryson Scholarship differ; please consult specific listings below.

Click here for more information about our scholarships.  Questions about general Nelson Institute scholarships should be directed to Ann Swenson, Director of Advancement and Donor Relations, at ann.swenson@wisc.edu. Questions about the Community Environmental Scholars Program should be directed to Rob Beattie, Co-Director of the Community Environmental Scholars Program, at rbeattie@wisc.edu.

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Student applicants must be enrolled in and actively pursuing one of the following Nelson Institute programs: 1) Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Studies, 2) Undergraduate Major in Environmental Studies. Per the donor's wishes, preference will be given to...
Student applicants must be enrolled in and actively pursuing one of the following Nelson Institute programs: 1) Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Studies, 2) Undergraduate Major in Environmental Studies. Per the donor's wishes, preference will be given to those applicants pursuing the Undergraduate Major in Environmental Studies. Student applicants must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Student applicants must be at least one full academic year away from graduation. Students in their final year of studies are INELIGIBLE to apply.
This scholarship award is intended to support students who are exploring the relation of environmental studies to the concept and practice of sustainability. Student applicants must be enrolled full-time in and actively pursuing one of the following Nelson Institute...
This scholarship award is intended to support students who are exploring the relation of environmental studies to the concept and practice of sustainability. Student applicants must be enrolled full-time in and actively pursuing one of the following Nelson Institute programs: 1) MS in Environment and Resources, 2) MS in Water Resources Management, 3) PhD in Environment and Resources. Student applicants must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Student applicants who are at least one full academic year away from graduation will be given special preference for this scholarship award.
This scholarship award is intended to support students who are exploring the relation of environmental studies to the concept and practice of sustainability. Student applicants must be enrolled in and actively pursuing one of the following Nelson Institute programs:...
This scholarship award is intended to support students who are exploring the relation of environmental studies to the concept and practice of sustainability. Student applicants must be enrolled in and actively pursuing one of the following Nelson Institute programs: 1) Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Studies, 2) Undergraduate Major in Environmental Studies, 3) Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability. Student applicants must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. This scholarship is available to all undergraduate students; however, student applicants who are at least one full academic year away from graduation will be given special preference for this scholarship award.
Given Professor Cal DeWitt's scholarly interests, this scholarship award is intended to support students who are exploring the relation of environmental studies to religion or spiritualism. Student applicants must be enrolled full-time in and actively pursuing one of the...
Given Professor Cal DeWitt's scholarly interests, this scholarship award is intended to support students who are exploring the relation of environmental studies to religion or spiritualism. Student applicants must be enrolled full-time in and actively pursuing one of the following Nelson Institute programs: 1) MS in Environment and Resources, 2) MS in Water Resources Management, 3) PhD in Environment and Resources. Student applicants must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Student applicants must be at least one full academic year away from graduation. Students in their final year of studies are INELIGIBLE to apply.
Given Professor Cal DeWitt's scholarly interests, this scholarship award is intended to support students who are exploring the relation of environmental studies to religion or spiritualism. Student applicants must be enrolled in and actively pursuing one of the following...
Given Professor Cal DeWitt's scholarly interests, this scholarship award is intended to support students who are exploring the relation of environmental studies to religion or spiritualism. Student applicants must be enrolled in and actively pursuing one of the following Nelson Institute programs: 1) Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Studies, 2) Undergraduate Major in Environmental Studies. Student applicants must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Student applicants must be at least one full academic year away from graduation. Students in their final year of studies are INELIGIBLE to apply.
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support to undergraduate students in the Nelson Institute who are participating in traditional (non-internship), for-credit, international study-abroad programs. Preference will be given to students participating in semester-long or year-long...
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support to undergraduate students in the Nelson Institute who are participating in traditional (non-internship), for-credit, international study-abroad programs. Preference will be given to students participating in semester-long or year-long study-abroad programs. Student applicants must be enrolled in and actively pursuing one of the following Nelson Institute programs: 1) Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Studies, 2) Undergraduate Major in Environmental Studies. Student applicants must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Student applicants must be at least one full academic year away from graduation. Students in their final year of studies are INELIGIBLE to apply.
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 purpose of this scholarship award is to provide financial support to undergraduate students in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Student applicants must be enrolled in and actively pursuing one of the following Nelson Institute programs: 1) Undergraduate...
The purpose of this scholarship award is to provide financial support to undergraduate students in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Student applicants must be enrolled in and actively pursuing one of the following Nelson Institute programs: 1) Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Studies, 2) Undergraduate Major in Environmental Studies. Per the wishes of the donor, student applicants who are residents of Walworth County will be given special consideration for this scholarship. Student applicants must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Student applicants must be at least one full academic year away from graduation. Students in their final year of studies are INELIGIBLE to apply.
The purpose of this scholarship award is to provide financial support to graduate students in the Nelson Institute to work in areas of transformative education, public environmental literacy, or outreach to diverse stakeholder groups (e.g., agricultural or business leadership) related...
The purpose of this scholarship award is to provide financial support to graduate students in the Nelson Institute to work in areas of transformative education, public environmental literacy, or outreach to diverse stakeholder groups (e.g., agricultural or business leadership) related to environmental issues in the United States or Canada. Student applicants must be enrolled full-time in and actively pursuing one of the following Nelson Institute programs: 1) MS in Environment and Resources, 2) PhD in Environment and Resources. Student applicants must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
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.