EREF Scholarship Program

Environmental Research & Education Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $14,400

Anticipated deadline: Apr 5, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Graduate Student Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Scholarship, Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Scholarships are awarded by EREF to recognize excellence in master’s and doctoral waste management research and education. EREF  has one scholarship application that applies to all scholarships. EREF's Board of Directors and staff determine which scholarship is awarded to a student.

Fiessinger Doctoral Scholarship

  • Recognizes excellence in Ph.D. or postdoctoral environmental research and education.

EREF Doctoral Scholarship

  • Awards Ph.D. and postdoctoral scholarships to notable candidates.

Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Master’s Scholarship

  • Master’s Scholarship

Robert J. Riethmiller/PTR Baler and Compactor Scholarship

Waste Industries Scholarship Honring Lonnie C. Poole Jr.

Carl J. Apicella Scholarship

Ice River Springs Master’s Scholarship for Sustainability

  • Created to promote recycling, reduce the amount of material being landfilled and decrease the carbon footprint by emphasizing plastics recycling.
  • The eligibility requirements for the Ice River Springs Master’s Scholarship for Sustainability are as follows:
    • Master’s students enrolled full-time
    • Must be enrolled at a Canadian academic institution
    • Area of research that relates to recycling, with preference given to applicants exploring the recyclability of plastics, plastic bottles and/or PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic

Garbageman’s Invitational Master’s Scholarship

  • 100% of any donations made to EREF through the Garbageman’s Invitational will fund graduate students pursuing excellence in solid waste management research and education.

Doctoral scholarships are awarded up to $14,400 per year, paid monthly, and can be extended for up to 3 years from the initial award date.  Master’s scholarships are awarded up to $6,000 per year and can be extended for up to 2 years from the initial award date. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applications will be considered from those who:
    • will be this year or are now a full-time master’s or doctoral student, and
    • have a clearly demonstrated interest in solid waste management research. EREF defines solid waste management to pertain to municipal solid waste, construction & demolition waste, industrial waste (e.g. coal ash), WTE ash, etc.
      • Note this definition does not include agricultural wastes or wastewater treatment plant sludge.