In anticipation of funding for the year 2014-2015, we call for your application to the SEEDS Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. The possibilities of this opportunity are unparalleled. It is designed to advance the work of students with outstanding potential to shape the future of ecology. The SEEDS Undergraduate Research Fellowship is the highest honor in the SEEDS program, and fellows are encouraged to be the shining leaders in the future of ESA. SEEDS Fellows receive leadership development, mentoring, and guidance to work on their research project of interest, as well as the chance to share their research findings with ecology professionals at the ESA Annual Meeting.

Meet our Current and Past Fellows


Fellowship Description
The SEEDS Fellowship runs from March 2014 through August 2015. The award supports the undergraduate student in designing and conducting their ecology research project of interest. Fellows receive the opportunity to select a mentor of their choice from the ESA membership – representing 10,000 scientists in the United States and around the world! They essentially conduct a mini thesis from writing a proposal, to conducting their research and analyzing results, to presenting at the ESA meeting.

Award Details
Each Fellow will receive an award valued at more than $12,000:

  • $6,000 Stipend
  • $3,000 for all expenses towards summer research, travel, and housing
  • All travel expenses for the 2014 and 2015 SEEDS Leadership Meetings, and the 2015 ESA Annual Meeting


  • Undergraduate students seeking a Bachelors degree (Graduation date NO earlier than Spring 2015), or
  • Associate degree with the intention of receiving a Bachelors degree
  • Underrepresented minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.  However, any student who can demonstrate a clear commitment to the mission of SEEDS can also apply.


Applications for the 2014-2015 Fellowship have closed.  Next applications will open in the Fall of 2014. 

  • Personal Statement
  • A one page Resume
  • Two References – ask them to send their letter to seeds@esa.org


November 15, 2013 Application deadline
December 16-20, 2013 Finalists are interviewed
January 10, 2014 Recipients notified by this date
January 10, 2014 – March 14, 2014 Recipients work with SEEDS staff on the mentor matching process
April 4th, 2014 Research proposals due to ESA
April 9-13, 2014 SEEDS Leadership Meeting, Fort Collins, CO
April 30, 2014 Revised Proposals Due to ESA
Summer 2014 Fellows Field Season (6-10 weeks)
Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 Fellows process and analyze data, submit an abstract to present research at the 2015 ESA meeting, and prepare their presentation
Spring 2015 SEEDS Leadership Meeting 2015:
Fellows deliver preliminary research findings
Summer 2015 100th ESA Annual Meeting.  Fellows present their research.


  • 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 monthly web meetings with SEEDS staff and the fellowship cohort
  • Meet all deadlines
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA at their home institution