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Research Fellowships

NSF Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) at the EPA

Application deadlines are managed by NSF. GRIP Deadlines are May 6 and December 4

The National Science Foundation has created the Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) for graduate students to complete internships at federal agencies. The NSF and United States Environmental Protection Agency collaboration is designed to encourage, develop, and facilitate collaborative professional development and research opportunities for NSF Graduate Research Fellows (GRF). Here at EPA, GRIP students can grow professionally with a rewarding research experience and receive mentoring from our researchers, all while focusing on the protection of human health and the environment.

Interested students should start by identifying an EPA GRIP opportunity and contacting the lead researcher to discuss internship goals. The student may collaborate with the researcher to develop a project plan, per NSF Instructions (PDF)(5 pp, 607 K, April 16, 2018). The student will prepare his/her own GRIP application to request supplemental funding from NSF. GRIP is open only to NSF Graduate Fellows, recipients of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award.  

  •  Learn more about the NSF application process and eligibility requirements.
    • All GRIP awards are subject to the availability of funds, merit review, and acceptance by both the National Science Foundation and NSF's partner agencies (EPA).
    • A Fellow may submit one (1) application per partner agency and may apply to a maximum of two (2) partner agencies for each submission deadline. 
    • NSF awards GRIP internship allowances to Fellows based on a twice-yearly competition.
  • Learn about EPA GRIP opportunities under the research categories, listed below.
  • For more information, contact the EPA liaison. Please use the subject line EPA GRIP.

EPA Graduate Research Internship Project Descriptions

To peruse the EPA GRIP Opportunities, please click on the research categories listed below. These projects may also be tailored to meet the goals of other internship programs that are offered through the National Science Foundation, such as INTERN.


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