Scholarships and Grants

Opportunities for scholarships and travel awards

  • AFS Cal-Neva Travel Grant 2017. The AFS California Nevada Chapter (Cal-Neva) Travel Award provides monetary awards for deserving student or young professional applicants to support their attendance of conferences, annual meetings, or workshops. Any member of the AFS who is active in fisheries, environmental sciences and management, or related aquatic disciplines is eligible to apply. Established Cal-Neva Executive Committee members will select up to two awardees.  Selection is based on academic qualifications, professional service, reasons for travel, and activities that are supportive of mission and goals of AFS. Criteria for selection will differ to applicants that are AFS members of good standing, who are presenting their research, and establish financial need. Travel support of $500.00 will be made available to the successful applicant for the Cal-Neva Chapter Annual Meeting. Travel support of up to $750.00 will be made available to the successful applicant for the 2nd half of year for the AFS National Meeting or fisheries related conference.  In addition, all awardees of the $750.00 travel grant must submit an article to the Cal-Neva Chapter Executive Committee, for publication on the Chapter’s webpage and/or newsletter, summarizing the event which was identified for being the reason for travel no later than 1 month after the event. There are two parts to the application. The applicant fills out the Applicant Form (Part I) of the form.  Part II of the application is a separate document and should be completed by the applicant’s academic advisor or employer. The advisor/employer will need to send Part II of the form separately from the applicant. For details on the due date reference the application of the appropriate year. For 2017, both part I (professional form) and part II (employer form) of the completed application must be received no later than July 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm PST.  Note that parts I and II of the application are separate documents. Limit all answers to the space provided.  Additional material will not be considered in evaluating applicants. Please complete the form and email the form as an attachment to the Travel Grant Chair, Shawn Acuña,


  • PhD and MS Assistantships: Aquatic Ecology
    Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, West Lafayette, IN, USA.  Graduate student (PhD or MS) assistantships available to participate in research projects exploring dynamics of fish and invertebrates.  These projects involve an integration of field studies, laboratory analyses, controlled experiments and quantitative modeling analyses.  Specific research topics include:
    1) Linking land-use and river characteristics to distributions of freshwater mussels (in collaboration with Indiana DNR).
    2) Factors influencing intra-specific variation of life history and trophic traits of fishes.Selected individuals will enroll in Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources ( in West Lafayette, IN.
    Qualifications:   Minimum qualifications include a BS (for MS position) or MS (for PhD position) in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries Science, or related field; GPA of 3.2 or greater; and above average GRE scores (at least 50th percentile for quantitative and verbal; at least 4.0 for analytical writing).
    Salary:   Assistantships include 12-month stipend, full tuition coverage, and insurance.
    Start date:   January 2018.
    How to Apply:   The positions will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please respond by 1-September-2017 and submit cover letter, CV, GRE scores (unofficial), transcript (unofficial), and names and contact numbers of three references to Tomas Höök (; 765-496-6799; For more information please contact:   Tomas Höök,    Purdue University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer.
  • Delta Science Fellows Program 2018
    Applications for the Delta Science Fellowship are now being accepted. These are 2-year research grants for graduate students and postdocs performing Delta related research. Applications are due September 25, 2017. The Delta Science Program is requesting applications addressing at least one of five high priority science actions.   


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