Student Support

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WMRC Graduate Student Minigrant Program

The White Mountain Research Center (WMRC) is pleased to offer modest mini grants in support of original graduate student research during 2023. Grants of $500 to $1000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to offset the cost of meals and lodging at one or more of the WMRC research stations (Owens Valley, Crooked Creek, Barcroft). No travel funds are available. Prior awardees are eligible, but proposals must define progress to date. Awardees are asked to present their work in lecture format or share a summary in the annual newsletter.

An announcement will be made when 2023 applications are available.

2023 Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant-Accepting Proposals

The California Native Plant Society, Bristlecone Chapter awards those with local based botany projects on an annual basis. Request for Proposals for the CA Native Plant Society Bristlecone Chapter Mary DeDecker Botanical Grants are due January 20th, 2023.

Grants are for research and projects that increase the understanding and appreciation of native plants and ecosystems in the Eastern Sierra and are available to graduate students, college students, and primary and secondary students (K-12). Research projects need not be academic or scholarly but must be relevant to the native plants of the northern Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada, and Great Basin portions of eastern California. Projects should be conducted at least in part within Inyo or Mono Counties.

Grant recipients generally receive up to $1,000 each for expenses and are asked to present their results to the Bristlecone Chapter either at a regular meeting or in the chapter newsletter.

The 2023 application be be downloaded HERE

The Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant Program

The Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant Program is now open to all Graduate Students currently enrolled at any of the University of California campuses who wish to work at a UC Natural Reserve System site, including WMRC. There are no restrictions on the research topic, and students from all academic disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. The maximum individual grant is $3,000, and the limit on total awards is $38,000.

NRS Field Science Fellowship

The NRS Field Science Fellowship provides financial support to UC undergraduate-faculty teams conducting scientific research in the field at NRS reserves. The fellowships enable students to focus on gaining valuable hands-on research experience under the guidance of a faculty researcher. Each $6,000 award consists of a $5,000 student stipend and $1,000 to cover project costs. A maximum of $24,000 will be awarded annually.

Check back this fall for 2022-23 fellowship information.

Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve Graduate Student Research Grants

Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve Graduate Student Research Grants are available for work in the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve and the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Labs (SNARL). (for information see

California Desert Research Fund

The California Desert Research Fund supports graduate student research that contributes to the understanding and conservation of desert parks, wildernesses, and other ecologically significant open spaces in the California Desert in San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo, and Imperial Counties. See the California Desert Research Fund home page at