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SEEDS Partnership for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Fellowship

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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The SPUR Fellowship is the highest honor in the SEEDS program, and fellows are encouraged to be the outstanding leaders in the future of ESA. The award supports the undergraduate student in designing and conducting an ecology research project of interest. SEEDS has established partnerships with field stations and mentors to offer exciting summer opportunities that will be tailored to meet your interests, career objectives and growth as a scientist. For most opportunities, no prior research experiences is necessary.

The SPUR Fellowship award includes:

1) A paid summer research or internship opportunity with a partner site with travel and research expenses covered.

2) Participation and travel expenses to the SEEDS Leadership Meeting.

3) Participation and travel expenses to the SEEDS Spring National Field Trip

4) Participation and travel expenses to the ESA Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California.

The SEEDS Fellows get to experience every aspect of the SEEDS program with just one simple application! This is a fully funded fellowship - all travel experiences are covered by SEEDS and the partners.


Undergraduate students seeking a Bachelors degree (graduation date no earlier than Spring) - freshman, sophomores and juniors.

Associate degree with the intention of receiving a Bachelors degree Supports the mission of SEEDS.

Underrepresented minority, low income, first generation college and veteran students are strongly encouraged to apply.


Able to work in a highly independent manner - (Most often mentors are located in different areas from the fellow?s home institution. SEEDS staff and the rest of the fellowship cohort will also be located at distance.) Maintain regular and reliable communication via email, phone, and web meetings Must participate in scheduled web meetings with SEEDS staff and the fellowship cohort Meet all deadlines Maintain a LinkedIn profile and acknowledge the Fellowship on LinkedIn profiles, conference abstracts and proceedings and publications as specified (instructions will be provided) Write and publish a blog on your reflections as a SPUR Fellow after your summer experience.
accepts non-us citizens

Application Deadline: 3/10/2023

Participating Institution(s):
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Ecological Society of America (ESA) (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Natural Resources
Plant Sciences

Aquatic Ecology
Climate Change
Community Ecology
Ecosystem Science
Forest Ecology
Landscape Ecology
Marine Ecology
Plant Ecology
Sustainable Agriculture
Terrestrial Ecology
Wildlife Biology

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 2/12/2023
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