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EPA administers several programs which support to students; others which offer research associateships and fellowships to undergraduates and graduate students; and others which offer associateships to postdoctoral students and established scientists and engineers as guest researchers.

These not only provide assistance but some also provide a unique opportunity to learn first hand how science and technology information is used in environmental decision making, others provide an opportunity to conduct research without the interuptions and distracting assignments of permanent career positions.

Culturally Diverse Institutions Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites fellowship applications for the Culturally Diverse Undergraduate Fellowship Program. This Program was initiated in 1982 as a means to strengthen the capacity of Culturally Diverse Institutions to provide quality education to undergraduate students by encouraging and supporting their professional training toward advanced degrees in environmentally related fields. This Program, operated by EPA's National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), provides financial assistance to students majoring in environmental science, physical sciences, biological sciences, computer science, environmental health, social sciences, mathematics, or engineering. EPA expects to support around 25 undergraduate fellows for their final two years of study beginning in 1997. As part of the two-year program, students must complete a 'Summer Internship' at an EPA facility between their junior and senior years.

Culturally Diverse Institutions Summer Internship Program (CDSIP)

During the summer immediately following the first year of support under the undergraduate fellowship program, students will complete a 10-12 week internship at one of EPA's many facilities around the country. The project will be designed to compliment and enhance the training received under the fellowship program. Students receive up to $600 in relocation support and $4,000-$5,000 stipend to cover living expenses during the internship. In order to be eligible, a student must be an active holder under the CDIUP.

Culturally Diversity Academics Institutions Program(CDAIP)

This program supports student training at both the masters and doctoral levels. Masters traineeships are offered for two years, tenable over three years while doctoral traineeships are awarded for three years, tenable over five years. Support covers tuition, fees, books, and provides a modest monthly living stipend. Masters students receive $20,000 over the two-year masters program plus $5,000 to cover living expenses while completing a mandatory 10-12 week summer internship at one of EPA's research laboratories. Doctoral students receive a total of $75,000 in support.

The following RFA was written by the National Center for Graduation Education for Minorities in Notre Dame, Indiana. Although EPA provides funding support and traineeship opportunities or this program, the National Center for Graduate Education for Minorities (GEMs) (in Notre Dame, Indiana) manages the application and review program. the RFA is not an EPA document - it was written by GEMs and is posted here for reference purposes only:

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - EPA Environmental Science and Engineering Fellows Program


The American Association for the Advancement of Science offers public policy fellowships which bring scientists and engineers to work in Congress, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Critical Technologies Institute, the US Agency for International Development and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The programs are designed to provide each fellow with a unique public policy learning experience and to make practical contributions to the more effective use of scientific and technical knowledge in the US government.

EPA and AAAS have sponsored the Environmental Science and Engineering Fellowship Program since 1981 to assist in the identification and evaluation of long-term environmental issues, by observing the processes involved in environmental decision making, while providing technical expertise to various Agency offices. The purpose of the fellowship program is to provide an opportunity to learn first-hand how science and technology information is used in environmental decision making. Broad areas of research interest within EPA include human and environmental risk assessment; environmental socioeconomic concerns; hazardous air pollutants; global environmental hazards; pesticides including biologicals; municipal waste water; drinking water; management and control of hazardous substances; chemical testing assessment; radiation; and innovative technologies such as green technologies.

Examples of success stories include: Steven Mercurio's "Comparison of Field Analyses and Regulation of Atrazine Use: Key Factors Impacting Local Aquatic Systems Missed by Simulations"; Joseph Helble's "Report of the EPA Reassessment of 2,3,7,8 Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin"; and Venkat Rao's " Logistic Regression of Inhalation Toxicities of Perchloroethylene--Application in Noncancer Risk Assessment".


Fellows spend ten weeks (June 5 through August 11) working as special research consultants with EPA. Fellows will undertake a detailed, future oriented research project of mutual interest to the Fellow and one of EPA's research or program offices and prepare a report at the completion of the summer's work. The program includes a week-long orientation to EPA and relevant congressional and executive branch operations, as well as a weekly seminar program on environmental issues and science, technology and public policy. Usually ten Fellows are selected each summer, with a total of 145 participating since the program's inception.


The fellowships are aimed at postdoctoral to midcareer professionals from any discipline of science, any field of engineering, or any relevant interdisciplinary fields. Prospective Fellows must have a PhD or equivalent experience and must show exceptional competence in some area of science or engineering related to environmental science; have a good scientific and technical background; and have a strong interest and some experience in applying scientific or other professional knowledge toward the identification and assessment of future environmental problems. Federal employees are not eligible for the fellowship. Applicants must be residents of the US.


The stipend is approximately $1000 per week plus nominal relocation and travel expenses.

Application Process:

Each year applications are due by January 15. Applications require submission of seven components: Application cover form; letter of intent; curricula vitae; three letters of reference; candidate statement; topical essay; and certification of accuracy of citizenship. The topical essay is an important part of the application in that it describes and justifies a topic that the applicant would like to pursue during the ten week fellowship. The essay must address a current or anticipated environmental problem of relevance to EPA's mission. It should contain sufficient information for reviewers to evaluate the relevance of the problem, as well as the applicant's understanding of the problem, technical competence, effectiveness in communicating, and ability to plan and implement a ten week project. The essay should not exceed two typed pages.

Points of Contact:

Karen Morehouse
401 M Street SW
Washington DC 20460
Phone: 202-260-5750

Claudia Sturges, Manager
Science and Engineering Fellowship Programs
American Association for the Advancement of Science
1333 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-326-6600

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