Non-NMSU Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

The grant and scholarship opportunities below are not through NMSU. Follow suggested links to learn more about application dates and qualifications. These will be updated as they become available so check back often for new opportunities.

The Mesilla Valley Audubon Society

The Mesilla Valley Audubon Society (MVAS) is pleased to offer a $500/per semester scholarship to a graduate student at New Mexico State University. The mission of MVAS is to be a "conservation and natural history organization in southern New Mexico that promotes appreciation and conservation of birds, other wildlife, and habitat through environmental education, issue advocacy, and natural history experiences".

The MVAS scholarship is available to graduate students in Department of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences, Department of Biology, or Geography Department. If the recipient maintains a 3.5 GPA during the first semester of the scholarship they will receive the $500 for the second semester. The recipient will be required to submit a record of their GPA for the first semester within one week of the beginning of the second semester.

MVAS requirements for consideration for this scholarship are:

  1. Name, address, telephone number and email address.
  2. A 3.5 undergraduate or graduate GPA (must provide a transcript)
  3. Write a 500-1000 word narrative explaining why you should receive this scholarship, to include but not limited to:

    a. A description of your research.

    b. How your research is related to natural resource conservation (wildlife, fisheries, biology, etc.).

If you have any questions please contact:

Bob Tafanelli | 526-9380 | btafanel@zianet.com
Phil Alkon | 524-6945 | palkon@aol.com
Ken Ward | 541-0982 | ksward88005@gmail.com

Applications should be sent to Mesilla Valley Audubon Society, Box 1645, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88004. Applications will be accepted after 15 February but no later than 15 March. A final decision will be made by 15 April and all candidates will be notified after that date.

Boone and Crocket

Through its Grants-in-Aid program, the Boone and Crocket Club makes grants to Graduate Students to support research on wildlife, particularly North American big game and their habitat. These grants are provided on a yearly basis. The application form may be found on the Boone & Crockett Club.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Leadership Award was established to recognize, encourage and promote leadership among future wildlife management professionals. Applicants must be an undergraduate in a recognized wildlife program; have junior or senior standing; have at least one semester remaining in their degree program at the time of the award; and be scheduled as a full-time student for the fall semester. No previous recipients of this award are eligible. For more information, see the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

American Ornithological Union - Competitive Grants Program

As the largest, and one of the oldest, ornithological societies in the western hemisphere, the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) aspires to increase its role as advocate for the study and conservation of birds throughout the Americas. Therefore, the AOU hereby continues its International Grants Program to support western hemisphere professional ornithological societies through funding of activities to develop their infrastructure, train ornithologists, and build strategic partnerships within the western hemisphere. Applications are due by April 15th. More information can be found at AOU - Grants Program.

American Ornithological Union - Cooper Ornithological Society Grants

The AOU and COS offer numerous awards that recognize excellence in ornithology and that promote involvement by students, postdocs, and early career professionals in research, at meetings, and as members of the societies. Additional awards are given to members who have contributed outstanding service to the societies. - Award due dates are variable so see more at: AOU - Cooper Grants.

USFWS - Webless Migratory Game Bird Grant Program

The Webless Migratory Game Bird (WMGB) Program is an outgrowth of the WMGB Research Program (1994-present) and the WMGB Management Program (2007-present). The revised WMGB Program was designed to provide cooperative funding for both research and management activities from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), state wildlife agencies, and other sources for projects benefitting the16 species of migratory game birds in North America. Grants are typically due in October of each year and more information can be found at USFWS.

Rusch Memorial Game Bird Research Scholarship The Donald H. Rusch Memorial Game Bird Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Don Rusch, who died unexpectedly in 1999, and to continue his legacy by contributing to studies of game bird biology. The award is presented annually to a graduate student studying any aspect of upland game bird or waterfowl biology and management. More information can be found at Rush Memorial Scholarship.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Numerous fish and wildlife grants are available through this program. For more information see National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.

The grant and scholarship opportunities below are not through NMSU. Follow suggested links to learn more about application dates and qualifications. These will be updated as they become available so check back often for new opportunities.