Scholarships and Financial Aid

Students enrolling at the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences have a wide range of opportunities available to help support their studies.

Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)

Tuition Reciprocity

SFS participates in the MSEP, a multi-state tuition reciprocity program. Through the MSEP, students from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and North Dakota pay no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition.

SFS Scholarships and Awards

School of Freshwater Sciences Student Fund Travel Awards

The School of Freshwater Sciences Student Fund Travel Awards offers partial funding to SFS Master’s and Doctoral students when attending events, such as conferences and workshops, hosted by an academic or professional organization related to your discipline. Such activities are an important part of your professional development, offering opportunities to establish professional networks, contacts for collaborative research, and sources of potential future employment. Funded amounts vary depending on available funding, distance, prior and current support. Awards are provided as reimbursement of expenses after the travel has been completed.

Eligibility:
You must be enrolled in a freshwater sciences graduate degree program.
Applicants are not accepted for events occurring after graduation.

Program Limitations:
There is a cumulative limit of $1,000 per student for each graduate degree program in which the student is enrolled.

Travel Guidelines:
Review the Guide to Receiving Your Reimbursement for important information on making travel arrangements and documentation you will need for reimbursement of eligible expenses.

Students who are planning to drive personal vehicles or rental cars must be registered and authorized by UWM. See the Drivers and Vehicles website.

Awardees must comply with the State and campus travel policies and procedures. You will only be reimbursed for eligible expenses for the least expensive method of travel, which is not necessarily by automobile.

How to apply:
Submit the application as far as possible before the event.
If you are presenting at a conference, you must also seek travel support through the Graduate Student Travel Award process.

Deadline: None

BRP/Evinrude Water Research Excellence Fellowship - $5000

BRP/Evinrude is supporting two $5,000 fellowships for a School of Freshwater Sciences Master’s Thesis or PhD research student to supplement a Research Assistantship. These fellowships are highly competitive and are given to students conducting research that will help protect and preserve our water resources.  Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests are in water quality, fisheries, habitat, and public health.

Award Information:
Two (2) $5,000 fellowships will be awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year.  The scholarship will be split between the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters evenly ($2,500 per semester) upon verification of enrollment.

Eligibility:
Current enrollment in the MS Thesis or PhD SFS degree program.

How to Apply:
Complete the application.  Students applying to this fellowship must also submit a letter of recommendation on their behalf from their advisor to Mallory Kaul (malkaul@uwm.edu).

Deadline:
The deadline for this application is Friday, March 30, 2018.

Brookby Scholarships in Water Science Literacy - $5000

Design and implement a water outreach and education plan to serve a targeted segment of the community. This project will fulfill the Professional Science Master’s internship requirement.  Review the scholarship and internship guidelines.

Award Information:
One (1) $5000 scholarship will be awarded for spring 2018.

Two (2) $5000 scholarships will be awarded for fall 2018 and spring 2019.

Funds are disbursed during the semester in which the recipient is enrolled in Freshwater 980.

Eligibility:
Current enrollment in the SFS Professional Science Master’s degree program.

How to apply: Complete the Scholarship Application.

Selection Process:
The SFS Academic Policies and Curriculum Committee and the SFS Outreach Coordinator (Liz Sutton) will review proposals and select scholarship recipients.

Deadlines: 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 for spring 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018 for fall 2018 or spring 2019

All interested applicants must meet with Liz Sutton and their advisor to discuss potential projects and opportunities. Liz will meet with you as needed to assist with your final outreach plan submission.

Kopmeier Scholarship - $2000

The Kopmeier family established this annual $2,000 scholarship to support one Freshwater Sciences graduate student with a water policy or human and ecosystem health focus.

Award Information:
One (1) $2000 scholarship will be awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year.  The scholarship will be split between the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters evenly ($2,500 per semester) upon verification of enrollment.

Eligibility:
Current enrollment in a SFS graduate degree program.
Student must be studying water policy or human and ecosystem health.

How to apply: Complete the Scholarship Application.

Deadline: The deadline for this application is Friday, March 30, 2018.

Natural Resources Technology - $1000

Natural Resource Technology, Inc., an environmental consulting firm, has a strong and growing partnership with the School of Freshwater Sciences, including participating on the School’s Professional Science Master’s Advisory Board and providing internships and employment opportunities to Freshwater graduate students.

Award Information:
One (1) $1000 scholarship will be awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year.  The scholarship will be split between the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters evenly ($2,500 per semester) upon verification of enrollment.

Eligibility:
Current enrollment in the SFS Professional Science Master’s degree program.

How to apply: Complete the Scholarship Application.

Deadline: The deadline for this application is Friday, March 30, 2018.

Watertech of America Scholarship - $2000

Joseph and Linda Russell, owners of Watertech of America, honored the memory of Watertech’s founder, Eugene “Gene” VandenHeuvel, through the establishment of the first endowed scholarship.

Award Information:
Two (2) to four (4) scholarships – averaging $500-$1000 – will be awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Eligibility:
Current enrollment in a SFS graduate degree program.

How to apply: Complete the Scholarship Application.

Deadline: The deadline for this application is Friday, March 30, 2018.

SFS Research Assistantships

Research Assistantships

Research assistantships (RA’s) provide support for specific research projects through external grants and projects awarded to individual faculty. You are encouraged to contact faculty whose research interests align with your own.  A limited number of RA’s are available for MS thesis track and PhD students. RA’s provide recipients with a monthly stipend, tuition remission, and state-sponsored health insurance.

Learn more about research assistantships.

Other Financial Support

UWM Graduate School Fellowships

Deadline: The deadline to submit your online application for 2018-2019 Fellowships is January 5, 2018.

The Graduate School currently offers three fellowships for full-time study, each with a monthly stipend for the academic year, coverage of in-state tuition and remission of out-of-state tuition (for students who are not residents of the State of Wisconsin), and eligibility for state-sponsored health insurance. Fellowship recipients are responsible for paying segregated fees.  Click here to review fellowship information.

1. Members of groups underrepresented in graduate study.
2. First-generation college graduates who were eligible for Pell Grants or considered “high financial need.”
3. Students with disabilities.

Other Graduate School Financial Support

Explore other Graduate School Financial Support opportunities including:

  • Assistantships
  • Travel Awards
  • Golda Meir Library Scholar Awards
  • External Fellowships
UWM Financial Aid
UWM Office of Research

The UWM Office of Research provides resources for external funding.

  • Finding Funding – Links to a variety of Comprehensive Search Engines and Funding Alert Services for federal and non-federal opportunities.
  • PIVOT Funding Database – A comprehensive database of funding opportunities available to all members of the UWM community.