Research Grants & Scholarships

The IoES administers a grant and scholarship for undergraduate students to support their work at the IoES.

Glickfeld Excellence in Environmental Research Grant

A $4,000 annual grant is awarded to one Environmental Science student each year. The funds will be used to pay the salary of a student working as a research assistant under supervision of a faculty member at UCLA.

Greenspan Family Scholarship

In 2018-19, we are pleased to offer once again a $2,000 Greenspan Family Scholarship exclusive for IoES Environmental Science majors.

Other support at UCLA

UCLA Financial Aid and Scholarships
Financial aid options to students, including grants, fee waivers, scholarships, work-study, subsidized and unsubsidized loans. 

Scholarship Resource Center
UCLA’s office dedicated to helping students find scholarships. There are thousands of scholarships available to students. The sheer number of scholarships and eligibility requirements can be overwhelming! 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Eligibility for most forms of financial aid requires filing FAFSA application.

The Glickfeld Excellence in Environmental Research Grant

With gratitude to Madelyn and Bruce Glickfeld, the IoES is pleased to announce the launch of the undergraduate Glickfeld Excellence in Environmental Research Grant.

The $4000 annual grant will be given to one Environmental Science student per year. The funds will be used to pay the salary for a student to work as a research assistant under supervision of a faculty member at UCLA. The benefits of the research grant are many:

  • The student will gain valuable training and experience, whether in a laboratory or other research setting. This experience will translate into job skills and impressive resume/cv items, and make the student more competitive for graduate programs or future job opportunities.
  • The award will cover up to three quarters of research work, assuming $15/hour and 7-8 hours of research per week. However, it will be up to the student and faculty advisor to determine hours and length of study.
  • Faculty will be more willing to take the supported student on as a research assistant. The award will assure the student’s commitment and reliability to faculty and will make the student a desirable hire. We will assist students in finding a faculty member whose research is of interest and value to the student.
  • Junior or sophomore awardees may have the opportunity to continue with their project which could result in an Honor’s Thesis and/or publication.


  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Students in all years of the program are eligible to apply but ideally should have three terms (can include summer) remaining prior to graduation.

Who Should Apply?

Environmental Science B.S. Majors …

  • who are currently doing research and would like to continue for the next year.
  • who want to do research and know what they want to do and with which faculty member they want to work.
  • who want to do research but need some guidance about where to go and who to ask.
  • who want to do research and have an idea about what they want to do, but need guidance on how to get started.

In short, ANYONE who has a desire to get involved in research can apply! Don’t be shy – your goals and desire to participate in research will be major factors in our decision!

To Apply:

Send an email to with the following information in an attached document (word or pdf preferred):

1. Your name

2. Your UID #

3. Faculty advisor name and contact information (if known)

  • If you are currently doing or have done research, supply your faculty advisor’s name and contact information, and your direct supervisor if other than the faculty member (such as a postdoc or graduate student with whom you work closely).
  • If you have never done research before or want to try something new, please list faculty members with whom you would like to work.

4. Tell us about your specific research question and goals. Please include your reasons for wanting to pursue a research position. (600 words max.)

Application deadline: June 4, 2019

Questions? Email Royce Dieckmann, IoES SAO:

The Greenspan Family Scholarship

The Greenspan Family Scholarship began in 2011, when Ethan Greenspan, a member of the community who often attends IoES events, was inspired by seeing the Glickfeld Family Scholarship offered. Greenspan’s enthusiasm for studying the natural world along with his concern over its future brought him to support the budding scientists, environmentalists, and leaders in the IoES.

I’m jazzed to support something I couldn’t do, in the hopes that these students will be better stewards of the Earth and will be passionate about making the natural world a better place


  • Students enrolled in the Environmental Science B.S. degree program.
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  • Demonstrate financial need based on UCLA Financial Aid Office standards.
  • Must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be eligible for financial aid at UCLA.

Award Amount:

  • $1,000 for one year.

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the Greenspan Family Scholarship application.
  • Write an essay (500 words or fewer) describing your personal vision and passion for making our world a better and greener place, including what you plan to do in the future to help realize your vision.
  • Submit a copy of your Summary of Academic Year found on URSA under Financial Aid Awards and Summary.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a UCLA faculty, instructor, staff member or mentor.

Application Deadline: June 7, 2019.

Complete application instructions are found on the downloadable forms below:

Download Greenspan Application Form

(If you have difficulty with the form, please print it and hand deliver it to 2308 Life Sciences)

Questions? Email Royce Dieckmann, IoES SAO: