Internship and Fellowship Opportunities for Current Graduate Students

Internships and Fellowships for Current Graduate Students
Internships and Fellowships for Current Graduate Students

SBS Special Funds

The School of Biological Sciences (SBS) is committed to supporting graduate research and education. Graduate Fellowships and Research Awards are available to SBS graduate students for research supplies or travel to scientific meetings to make poster or oral presentations or field collection sites. Students must submit a new application every year to be considered for a graduate award.

Graduate students may only apply for only ONE category, not both:

  • Travel - For travel to meetings or field sites. Funds are paid directly to students.
  • Research - For equipment and supplies. Funds may be monitored within the School of Biological Sciences

It is also important to choose the ONE research area that best fits your work so we can properly appropriate funds according to the intent of the donor.

Please send applications directly to the Graduate Coordinator at

2023-2024 Grad Student Special Funds Application - DUE March 15, 2024

ORISE STEM Internships and Fellowships Database

STEM internships and fellowships managed by ORISE offer a wide range of research experiences for college students, postdocs and university faculty at national laboratories and federal agencies nationwide.

ORISE connects the most talented and diverse college students, recent graduates, postdocs, and faculty to STEM internship and fellowship programs closely aligned with the interests of a variety of research facilities, including those managed for the U.S. Department of Energy and more than a dozen other federal agencies. These STEM internship and fellowship programs are key to the recruitment and preparation of the next generation of our nation’s scientific workforce.

More details available here.

NASA Headquarters' Ecological Conservation Application Area Internship

This is a full-time (preferable) or half-time internship for Fall of 2023. Interns can work remotely or in person at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This intern will support fellow interns to generate data-driven insights relevant to program investments for communications and outreach.


1. U.S. Citizenship

More details available here.

Additional NASA Internship Opportunities

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship

The 2023 Summer Fellowship will run from May 30 to August 11 as an intensive program designed to accelerate graduate students' research, scholarship, and creative production. Students are expected to be in residence in Lincoln for the first 6 weeks of the summer (May 30-July 7).* In the latter half of the summer (July 10-August 11), the program director and cohort will meet
weekly via Zoom.

Digital Humanities Summer Fellows will receive a stipend of $4200 to support focus on their project during the fellowship period. Fellows will have access to hardware, software, and a shared workspace in Dinsdale Family Learning Commons (East Campus). Fellows learn alongside each other and from faculty and staff in the CDRH and others from the UNL community and beyond. Digital Humanities Summer Fellows are required to spend 20 hours per week in the collaboration space during the first 6 weeks of the fellowship period.


1. A letter of application, including (a) a description of the project you plan to undertake as a Digital Humanities Summer Fellow, with projected outcomes from the fellowship period and the significance of this work; (b) a description of how this project fits within your larger program of study and supports your professional goals, whatever they maybe; (c) a statement of your research/creative needs, as you currently understand them, whether technical, informational or content-based, or other; (d) a statement that indicates why this fellowship environment is a good fit for developing this work; (e) a plan for communicating about your work to appropriate audiences (academic, public, etc.); and (f) a statement about your availability during the fellowship period (May 30-August 11, 2022), including anticipated time away from UNL over the fellowship period. This letter of application should be no more than two pages.

2. A two-page cv.

Applications are due via email to by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1st.  

Please contact Carrie Heitman ( with any questions. 

The Grassland Research Grant Program

The Spirit Mound Trust Grassland Research Grant Program is administered by the Spirit Mound Trust (SMT), a non-profit organization dedicated to the purchase, preservation, and restoration of Spirit Mound Historic Prairie. The SMT has been working to restore Spirit Mound to its original tallgrass prairie conditions and to promote the natural beauty and history of Spirit Mound ( The Trust works closely with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks to manage the site.

Grants will be awarded for research involving any topic related to North American grasslands (e.g., flora and fauna, natural history, cultural history). Preference will be given to research focusing on the tallgrass prairie ecosystem, especially if the 320-acre reconstructed prairie at Spirit Mound can be used as one of the study sites. Grants may be awarded to qualified graduate or upper-division undergraduate students majoring in a relevant discipline, qualified non-professional individuals, and college or university faculty. SMT grants are payable up to $1500.

Applications due to by: 2/1/2023   

Awarded by 3/15/2023  

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Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research (NCESR) Fellowship

The purpose of this fellowship is to support recruitment of new graduate students accepted into a Ph.D. degree program of study, and add to their teaching or research assistantship, to conduct energy science research that is aligned with the Energy Center Mission & Vision.

To be eligible, the recipient must have been accepted into University of Nebraska - Lincoln graduate program to pursue a Ph.D. and have been offered a research or teaching assistantship. Students must be nominated by faculty. Please see attached the instructions for additional information about the 2023 Ph.D. Fellowship nomination process.

The DocuSign nomination form with instructions can be found at NCESR Ph.D. Fellowship Instructions and Nomination Form. The nomination deadline is April 15, 2023.

This opportunity will also be posted on our NCESR website by the end of the day on December 1st.

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Milton Mohr Fellowship

The Milton E. Mohr Awards Program recognizes outstanding students in the sciences of biotechnology and engineering based on their academic performance and potential for accomplishments in their specific field.

Applicants have an accumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater are eligble to apply. The Stipend is $1,000 and is renewable annually. 

Pick up an application form in your department or in N300 Beadle Center.

Please send all application materials directly to the Graduate Coordinator at

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The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) Fellowship

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a consortium of over 60 institutions that provides diverse international opportunities for students and faculty to study, work, and conduct research in tropical countries. Since its founding in 1963, OTS has become recognized the world over for excellence in research and education at the undergraduate and graduate level in a wide range of topics including ecology, botany, entomology, international medicine, and public health, with an emphasis on emerging issues of tropical regions. Each year, OTS trains more than 400 undergraduates, graduates, and professionals in rigorous, hands-on, inquiry-based field courses. OTS holds courses and facilitates research through its three state-of-the-art research stations in Costa Rica and also conducts courses in Peru, Brazil, Guyana, and South Africa.

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NSA Graduate Student Research Award

The Nebraska State Arboretum Graduate Student Research Award is to recognize outstanding graduate student work in woody plant research in Nebraska.

Applicants must be a full-time student and actively pursuing an advanced degree. The Stipend is $1,200 and not renewable during any degree program. 

Contact Christina Hoyt, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum executive director, at 402-472-5049 or for an information sheet outlining the eligibility requirements and criteria for evaluation. The deadline for application is usually in late June.

NSF Grants

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission.

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Fulbright Grants

The U.S. Fulbright Program is designed to give recent BS/BA graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Fulbright grants are extremely prestigious awards providing very generous support for study at foreign universities.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Laura Damuth, Director of National and International Fellowships, and Fulbright Program Advisor at

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Big Ten Academic Alliance Smithsonian Institution Fellowship

The Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) invite fellowship applications for one-year fellowships to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. Fellowships carry a stipend of $40,000.  All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible.

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Great Plains Graduate Fellowship

Graduate Fellows are selected annually from individuals nominated by Fellows of the Center. Students who are enrolled in a doctoral program or a terminal-degree master's program in a Great Plains-related discipline on any University of Nebraska campus are eligible; if you wish to be nominated during the nomination period, please contact a Fellow. (Fellows by department). Applications are accepted March of the Spring Semester.

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