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Graduate Fellowships

The Department of Biological Sciences offers several award opportunities to support graduate students and their research.

Dan Montgomery Graduate Student Award

The Dan Montgomery Graduate Student Award is given to a graduate student conducting research. Funds from the award may be used to provide support for a graduate student stipend (up to 60% of award max) and their research (research assistant(s), travel, supplies, etc.). The funds must be used while the student is enrolled at Boise State and actively engaged in thesis research (preferably data collection). A call for applications is sent to graduate students each spring to compete for funding to be awarded in April. Review a list of past Dan Montgomery Graduate Student Award recipients.

Eligibility

All currently enrolled Department of Biological Sciences MS Biology or MS Raptor Biology students who have not received this award in a previous year. Questions about this fellowship may be directed to dbsgraduate@boisestate.edu.

Michael W. Butler Ecological Research Award

Mike Butler graduated from the MS Raptor Biology program at Boise State, received a Ph.D. from Arizona State University, and is now a faculty member at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. This endowed scholarship in Mike’s name is presented annually to a deserving graduate student actively engaged in ecological research in either the MS Biology or MS Raptor Biology program. Funds from this award can be used for a summer research stipend, research supplies, and equipment, or for travel in pursuit of research. Ideally, the breakdown of funds should be approximately 70% stipend and 30% for research supplies, equipment, and travel related expenses. Review a list of past Michael W. Butler Ecological Research Award recipients.

Eligibility

MS Biology or MS Raptor Biology students. Students are eligible to apply for their first two summers of MS thesis research but can receive the award only once. Questions about this fellowship may be directed to dbsgraduate@boisestate.edu. Preference will be given to a student meeting the following criteria:

  • Engaged in research in the area of plant and/or animal ecology.
  • An active and helpful participant in department affairs.
  • A regular attendee of departmental seminars.
  • Making timely progress toward completion of their thesis.

Keppler Birds of Prey Scholarship

Access the Keppler Birds of Prey application here

Eligibility

  • Full-time enrollment (9 graduate credits) or considered active-enroll in research/thesis credit
  • Pursuing a MS in Raptor Biology or are a doctoral student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and pursuing some aspect of Raptor Biology

The Richard Olendorff/Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society Scholarship

Access the application Richard Olendorff/Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society Scholarship here

Eligibility

  • Full-time enrollment (9 graduate credits)
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • Graduate student
  • Biology major and are affiliated with the Raptor Research Center

John D. Foss Jr. Memorial Biology Scholarship

Access the John D. Foss Jr. Memorial Biology Scholarship application here

Eligibility

  • Full-time enrollment (12 undergraduate credits, 9 graduate credits)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Biology major with a commitment to conservation in South America or Latin America, river conservation and raptor research
  • Demonstrate financial need per the federal financial aid rules. We can determine your financial need by the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Robert A. Buchwitz Memorial Scholarship in Arts and Sciences

Access the Robert A. Buchwitz Memorial Scholarship in Arts and Sciences application here

Eligibility

  • Graduate
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Pursing a biology major
  • Plan to enroll full-time (9 graduate credits)
  • Preference to student conducting bi-molecular research
  • Demonstrate financial need. We can determine your financial need by the results of your free application of federal student aid (FAFSA)