ESS Scholarships and Fellowships

Warner College of Natural Resources Scholarships

Scholarships are available to undergraduates, including entering freshman, through the Warner College of Natural Resources. One application can be used to apply for both Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) and Colorado Sate University (CSU) scholarships. Visit the Warner College of Natural Resources Scholarships page to learn general scholarship information and deadlines or to begin the application process.

For additional information on other WCNR scholarship opportunities and financial aid, visit WCNR Scholarships and Financial Aid.

ESS S-STEM Fellowship

Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Scholar in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The ESS S-Stem Fellowship provides eligible Colorado residents an opportunity to study environmental change and solutions in a scholarly program that supports student success. Student fellows pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability or Watershed Science, take a set of common courses, and have opportunities to engage in research, internships, and other learning outside the classroom. Fellows who begin the program as freshmen may also participate in the CSU Bridge Scholars Program for recent high school graduates and be members of the Natural Resources & Sustainability Residential Learning Community.

To be eligible for consideration, students must apply or be admitted to Colorado State University. They must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list Colorado State University-Fort Collins as an institution to receive their information. Additionally, they must submit the ESS S-STEM Fellowship Application (available as a pdf below), an essay, two letters of recommendation, and transcript(s). Colorado residency is required. High school students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA. Current CSU and transfer students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

The ESS S-STEM Fellowship Application will be accepted year-round. However, early decisions for each fall semester will be made in May.  Students seeking an early decision should use these preferred deadlines:

  • Preferred Deadline for High School Seniors: March 15th
  • Preferred Deadline for Current CSU and Transfer Students: April 15th
Fellows receive up to $10,000 per year based on merit and financial need.

For additional information, please contact Kaye Holman, ESS Academic Success/Internship Coordinator at or 970-491-2139.

EA-IRES Fellowship

East African – International Research Experience for Students

The EA-IRES Fellowship is hosted by the CSU Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) in the Warner College of Natural Resources in partnership with the University of Nairobi (UoN), Kenya. It provides five qualifying CSU students an opportunity to study dryland social-ecological systems in Colorado and Kenya.

This one-year student-driven program begins with two semesters of training in Colorado on the basics of research, drylands, and social-ecological systems and culminates in a five-week field research experience in Kenya. Travel and modest living expenses for the field experience are covered by the fellowship. Fellows receive an additional $1,400 Fellowship Award. The fellowship includes professional development as well as cultural and social activities both inside and outside the classroom.

Potential applicants should visit the EA-IRES Fellowship site for application information and to review selection criteria.

This program is funded by the National Science Foundation’s International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program and follows CSU’s Office of International Programs’ organizational, health and safety protocols.

For additional information, please contact CSU’s EA-IRES Program officer at