Graduate Scholarships and Awards
Scholarships for travel to professional events
The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology has three funds to support travel to professional events by undergraduate and graduate students: the David Veverka fund, the Eric C. York Fund, and the Samuel Perley-Donald Gates-Thomas Gates fund. To request these funds please submit an application at least two weeks before the funds are needed. If more than one person is attending please try to submit a group application.
An application should include:
- A short letter (200-500 words) describing why you wish to attend the conference. For example, explain how the travel will enhance your career, provide an opportunity for you to present a poster on your work, etc.;
- your résumé;
- a description of the conference (this can be attached or conveyed by a URL in the letter);
- a budget that shows the various costs of attending (registration, travel, lodging, food), how much you are requesting from WFCB, and how much you are requesting from other sources. Also indicate how costs will be shared with other students (e.g., through sharing a room or car);
- any other pertinent documents, such as a recommendation letter (this is optional but might strengthen your request).
Please submit these via email with attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org
General Academic Scholarships
The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology awards three graduate student scholarships/awards each year based on academic achievement and/or financial need. The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture provides additional scholarship support as does the Graduate School.
Scholarships amounts are subject to change annually.
The Howard L. Mendall ’31, 34 Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established at the University of Maine in 1994 with gifts from family and friends in honor of Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Resources, Howard L. Mendall. Professor Mendall was an employee of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 40 years until his retirement in 1977. He was nationally and internationally recognized for his research on the double-crested cormorant, American woodcock, ring-necked duck and American eider. The fund will be used to support graduate students studying migratory birds.
Horace Bond Graduate Student Award
The Horace Bond Scholarship is awarded annually by the Penobscot County Conservation Association (PCCA) to an individual who is pursuing an advanced degree with emphasis on fish ecology, fisheries science, or fisheries conservation and management. The selection of a student recipient will be made by the members of the full graduate faculty in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at The University of Maine. This scholarship shall be awarded, in total, to an individual who is returning to The University of Maine for the fall semester following the award. The primary criterion used in the selection of the student shall be the importance of the student’s research to conservation of freshwater or anadromous fisheries resources in Maine or the region. Financial need will be considered only when students have research projects deemed to be of equal conservation importance.
Outstanding Wildlife Ecology Graduate Student Award
Each year the faculty in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology selects the outstanding graduate student in the Department based on: (1) the quality of his or her theses research, (2) professional interactions, (3) overall contributions to the functioning of the Department, and (4) scholastic performance. This decision is always a difficult one given the general high level of performance and the excellent qualifications of our graduate students. This award consists of a monetary award and a plaque presented by the Chair to the student.
College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture Awards
All graduate students in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture are eligible for the Graduate Research Excellence Award. Click here for more information.
Graduate School Scholarships, Awards, and Fellowships
Several types of awards and assistance are available for new and continuing graduate students at the University of Maine. Most awards are based on academic performance rather than financial need. For more information, please contact the Graduate School or the Graduate Coordinator in your department of interest. Click here for more information.