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Native Peoples’ Wildlife Management Working Group Professional Development Program
This Program is for Native American and Indigenous Students Interested in the Wildlife Profession.  The Program provides funds to attend the Society’s Annual Conference.  Selected individuals will receive funds for registration fees, lodging, meals, transportation, and a one-year membership in The Wildlife Society and become members of the Native Peoples’ Wildlife Management Working Group.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program
The Minority Ph.D. Program, established by the Sloan Foundation in 1995, offers eligible doctoral candidates the opportunity to pursue their Ph.D. degrees with financial, mentoring, and guidance support through recognized participating faculty and departments approved by the Sloan Foundation. The Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP), initiated in 2003 through a partnership between the University of Arizona and the Sloan Foundation, was expanded in Fall 2005 to include the participation of select faculties and departments at The University of Montana, Missoula and Montana Tech of The University of Montana, Butte. In 2007 and 2008, Purdue University and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and Anchorage were also added to the program.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadline:  June 15
AISES’ own scholarship program was established in 1983 in memory of A.T. Anderson (Mohawk), a chemical engineer who founded AISES with six other American Indian scientists. Scholarships are awarded to members of AISES who are American Indian/Alaskan Native college students pursuing academic programs in the sciences, engineering, medicine, natural resources, and math.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadline:  April 15
Administered for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation, this scholarship is made available to American Indian high school seniors every year, who reside in states serviced by the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Pacific Corporation and its affiliated companies: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington. The award is for 4 academic years (8 semesters) or until baccalaureate degree is obtained, whichever occurs first. Applicants who are not selected as recipients will be given consideration in the A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship program, if all criteria is met. Eligible majors include business, engineering, math, medicine/health administration, natural/physical sciences, technology and education.

American Indian Graduate Center

AIGC Fellowship (Graduate) Each year, the AIGC fellowship program provides $1,200,000 in fellowships to over 350 Native American and Alaska Native graduate students.  Graduate fellowships are monetary awards made to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate or professional degree-seeking students, who meet all eligible criteria.  The United States Bureau of Indian Education federally funds the fellowship program.  The fellowship amount is typically between $1,000 and $5,000 per academic year (not including summer), and varies from year to year, depending on the availability of funds and unmet financial need.
To be considered for an AIGC fellowship, the applicant must be:
• Pursuing a post baccalaureate graduate or professional degree as a full time student at an accredited institution in the U.S.
• Able to demonstrate financial need.
• An enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native group, or provide documentation of descendency (possess one-fourth degree federally recognized Indian blood).

The Gates Millennium Scholar Program
The Gates Millennium Scholar Program initiative, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is aimed at expanding access and opportunity to higher education to those citizens who will help reflect the diverse society in which we live. The Foundation seeks to increase the number of African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian & Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic Americans enrolling in and completing undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The goal is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students to reach their fullest potential. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has established this initiative to encourage and support students in completing college and in continuing on to earn masters and doctoral degrees in disciplines where ethnic and racial groups are currently underrepresented. The Gates Millennium Scholar Program awards will enable thousands of young Americans to attend undergraduate and graduate institutions of their choice and be prepared to assume important roles as leaders in their professions and in their communities.

EPA Grants & Scholarships

National Center For Environmental Research
• Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Research Grants
• EPA and Other NCER Environmental Research Competitions
• EPA Environmental Research Fellowships

Other EPA Student Opportunities
• For High School Students
-Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
• For College Students
-Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)
-National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS)
-Student Services Contracting Authority
-Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Undergraduate Fellowships
-Tribal Lands Environmental Science Scholarship Program done in conjunction with AISES
• For Graduate Students
-Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)
-National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS)
-Student Services Contracting Authority
-Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study
-American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
-Association of Schools of Public Health/EPA Fellowship Program
-Tribal Lands Environmental Science Scholarship Program done in conjunction with AISES
• Scholarships
-Marshall Scholarship
• Other Student Opportunities