Jerry O'Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship

The Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 19, 2019

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student Graduate Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Canada, Montana

Location of residency: Canada, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah Expand all

University restriction: University of Montana Montana State University University of Calgary Colorado State University University of Colorado at Boulder University of Colorado at Denver University of Northern Colorado University of Idaho Utah State University Washington State University University of Wyoming Metropolitan State College of Denver University of Utah University of Waterloo Boise State University

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Applications are now being accepted for the Jerry O’Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship. Jerry O’Neal was a scientist, poet, and writer. He had a deep love of nature and was an outspoken proponent for the need to have sound science to support resource management decisions. Jerry began his nearly 30 years of public service as an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service and was the regional toxicologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Atlanta. He joined the National Park Service in 1998 as chief of science and resources management at Mammoth Cave National Park and later served as chief of the resource management program for 64 parks in the Southeast. He became deputy superintendent of Glacier National Park in 2002 where he was actively engaged in a range of environmental management projects and was a key park official during the wildfires of 2003.

Jerry grew up in a poor family from the south and was the first to attend college. Education cultivated his commitment to preserving the natural world. In keeping with his model of learning as a way of improving one’s life situation and fostering environmental stewardship, the fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resource issues and how these intersect with human values/

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  • Eligibility:
    • Graduate students (a student who has been accepted into, but not yet started their grad programmay apply only if a support letter from a faculty advisor is provided stating that the student has been accepted into a graduate program under their supervision) OR superior upper division undergraduate students (3.5 GPA or above). 
    • The fellowship is available to students at universities and colleges within the Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (RM-CESU):
      • University of Montana, Montana State University, Salish Kootenai College, University of Calgary, Colorado State University, University of Colorado Boulder and Denver, University of Northern Colorado, University of Idaho, Utah State University, Washington State University, University of Wyoming, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Little Big Horn College, Northwest College, University of Utah, Blackfeet Community College, Chief Dull Knife College, and University of Waterloo, Boise State University, Western State Colorado University.
    • Must be in fields applicable to understanding and management of Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. 
  • Proposals may cover a one-time survey or project or a clearly defined portion of an existing research project.
  • Projects may be completed in one or more field season(s). 
  • Studies may occur in one or more of the parks’ ecosystems and adjoining lands.
  • Projects must comply with appropriate agency regulations and permits (separately administered from this fellowship). 
  • Awards may also include housing if available.


  • Special consideration will be given to proposals that address the following:
    • natural resource issues such as aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, fire ecology, invasive plants, and climate change
    • cultural resource issues, such as history and architectural studies, cultural landscape reports, ethnographic research and archeology.
    • social science that informs resource management about a natural or cultural topic and/or that addresses visitor impacts to park resources 


  • Students may not receive a second award in a subsequent year for the same project.