Climate Change Research Graduate Scholarship

Climate Change Research Graduate Scholarship

The Climate Change Research Graduate Scholarship was established with funding from an anonymous donor to support graduate students engaged in outstanding, independent scholarly research related to climate change.


  • Up to $4,000 may be provided to support the student. 
  • Scholarship funds will be applied directly to the student’s WMU account and as such may impact financial aid.
  • Proposals will be evaluated based on the quality of the research or creative activity and the student’s progress toward his or her degree.
  • Scholarship recipients agree to give a presentation of their research to the Climate Change Working Group, and/or to present their work in an event hosted or organized by this group. This presentation must take place within 12 months of scholarship receipt.
  • The number of qualified applicants and the availability of funds will determine how many awards are made. Not all applications may be selected for funding and not all applicants may receive the amount of funding requested.

All awards are subject to final budgetary approval and authorization by the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s office.


Oct. 15—for spring disbursement
Feb. 15—for fall disbursement


Masters or doctoral students in any College of Arts and Sciences graduate program working on an independent research project, thesis, or dissertation focused on the impact of human activities on the environment related to climate change are eligible to apply.

Applicants must:

  • Be accepted to a graduate degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences at the time of application, and enrolled in a College of Arts and Sciences degree program during the semester in which funds are disbursed.
  • Be enrolled in at least three graduate credits during the semester in which funds are disbursed (at least one credit if thesis or dissertation).
  • Be in good academic standing (minimum 3.0 GPA) during the semester in which the application is submitted and maintain good standing during the semester in which funds are disbursed.
  • Be the primary investigator responsible for the research described in the application, but for the purposes of research compliance (if applicable), may be listed as student investigator.
  • Provide documentation of approval, on University letterhead, for any project that requires regulatory oversight (including animal care, biosafety, export control, human subjects, and radiation safety). Please contact the compliance coordinator in the Office of the Vice President for Research for assistance with compliant research.

A student may receive no more than one Climate Change Research Graduate Scholarships per 12 month period, and no more than two awards per degree program. An application for a second scholarship must be accompanied by a progress report.

Scholarship amounts awarded will depend, in part, on the number of application received and the funding available.


Please use 12-point font, single-spaced for all materials. Submit the application as a single PDF consisting of the following:

  • Curriculum vitae (two pages maximum)
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Project proposal (four pages maximum), which must include:
    • A ~200 word abstract that summarizes the proposed work.
    • A problem statement that explains the significance of the proposed work within the broader context of climate change research in a disciplinary tradition in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences.
    • An explanation of how the proposed research or creative activity focuses on the impact of human activities on the environment within the context of climate change.
    • A clear statement of the purpose, goals, or aims of the research, including (if appropriate) the hypotheses to be tested or the research questions to be addressed.
    • A description of the methods, procedures, techniques or measurements that will be undertaken to address the research aim(s), and anticipated results.
    • A brief description of how the results of the research will be disseminated to an appropriate audience of climate change researchers and, if relevant, members of the general public.
    • A list of cited references, in a format appropriate to the applicant’s discipline.
  • Project timeline (one page maximum)

As part of the application, please have two letters of reference emailed directly to from an official university email address. One of the letters must be from the applicant’s primary research advisor, thesis chair, or dissertation chair. Both letters should come from experts familiar with the applicant’s climate change work. Letters should address the significance of the project, the feasibility of completing work in the timeline indicated, and the applicant’s qualifications for carrying out the research.

If the applicant has received one scholarship and is requesting a second scholarship, a progress report must be submitted with the application packet and letters of reference. The progress report (2 pages maximum) should describe work accomplished under the first award, such as literature reviews, data collection, analysis, publications, conference presentations, or other scholarly accomplishments. The application packet should describe work to be accomplished under the second award.

No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.


College of Arts and Sciences Office of the Dean:

Submit application as a single PDF putting the title of the award (Climate Change Graduate Research Scholarship) and applicant name in the subject line of the email. Faculty recommendation forms must be submitted separately, but should contain title of award and applicant's name in the subject line of the email. Emails from WMU accounts may serve in place of signatures.

Only online submissions accepted.


Please do not hesitate to contact the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office with any questions or concerns.