Botany Research Scholarship Program

Northern California Botanists


Grant amount: US $1,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 31, 2019

Applicant type: Graduate Student Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: California

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

Northern California Botanists provides competitive botany and plant ecology research scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending a college and university. Research scholarships will be funded by NCB with the goals of encouraging undergraduate students to pursue academic endeavors toward a career in botany, promoting undergraduate and graduate botany and plant ecology research, and implementing objectives of the NCB mission.

The geographic range for defining the Northern California Botanists (NCB) area of interest for student research scholarships includes the area extending northward--from the southern boundary of San Luis Obispo County and western slope of the Tehachapi Mountains, following the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, to the southern boundary of Mono County.

Students may reapply and receive a scholarship award up to:

  • a maximum of two years for undergraduates and graduates pursuing a Masters degree
  • a maximum of four years for graduate students pursuing a Doctorate degree.

Additional Shasta Chapter California Native Plant Society (CNPS) Award: The Shasta Chapter of CNPS funds one NCB scholarship award per year for an applicant meeting their criteria. The Shasta Chapter Award is in addition to the awards funded by NCB and is to be selected from the same applicant pool using the same evaluation methods as the NCB Northern California Botanists. 

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

Eligibility:

  • General Scholarship eligibility:
    • The scholarship program is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled as full-time students in a college or university performing academic research in botany, plant ecology, or another plant-focused field.
    • Junior and senior undergraduate and master’s and PhD graduate students are eligible.
    • Projects must be part of independent study, thesis, or dissertation coursework.
  • Additional eligibility for the Shasta Chapter Scholarship: 
    • In addition to the general NCB scholarship criteria, the recipient of the Shasta Chapter-funded scholarship must meet at least one of the following two criteria:
      1. the research topic must be relevant to the flora within the boundaries of the Shasta Chapter (Shasta, Lassen, Modoc, and Siskiyou counties)
        • Relevance should include some specified activity occurring in the Shasta Chapter area, such as sample sites, collections, surveys or other site visits, herbarium specimens, data gathering.
      2. the student comes from the Shasta Chapter area.
        • Having graduated from a high school or community college in the Shasta Chapter area is the typical means for demonstrating eligibility under the second alternative. 

Preferences:

  • Shasta Chapter Scholarship Priorities: For criterion (1), order of preference for study-plant taxa or communities will be:
    • rare
    • not necessarily rare but endemic to Shasta Chapter area
    • common CA native plants which also occur in the Chapter area
    • invasive weeds known to occur and impact native species in the Chapter area; could
    • be common in the rest of CA or not.

Ineligibility:

  • Items not funded by NCB Scholarships:
    • Everyday living expenses (e.g., rent or regular housing expenses, groceries, utility bills, etc.)
    • Other ongoing expenses not specifically related to the research project.
    • Academic tuition.