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FIU and the Everglades Foundation together form a powerful partnership for the Everglades. We pride ourselves on pooling our expertise and reach to train undergraduate and graduate students, conduct leading science to inform policy and management decisions, and engage and inform the public, ultimately to protect and restore America’s Everglades.

Together, FIU’s Institute of Environment and the Everglades Foundation are providing scholarships to full-time FIU graduate students pursuing Everglades restoration-related research. FIU ForEverglades scholarships provide up to $25,000 / year for stipends, tuition fees, travel and other research-related expenses. The amount of money associated with the scholarship is subject to change. The number of scholarships depends on the number and quality of applications. The duration of this scholarship is set for 12 months.

Annually, we award the FIU ForEverglades Scholarships with funds from the Everglades Foundation matched by donations like yours. Please consider making a gift today. For more information, contact Stephany Alvarez-Ventura or Gill Rodrigues.

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FIU students should work with their faculty advisors to route their proposals through FIU’s Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) via the Institute of Environment for budget review and approval 10 days prior to submitting the proposal to The Everglades Foundation.


The application for the FIU ForEverglades Scholarship should contain the following:

  1. Cover letter.
  2. Proposal describing the research that the scholarship would support (no more than 5,000 words). The proposal is to clearly emphasize the expected contributions to Everglades research and relevance to Everglades restoration.
  3. Research budget detailing the proposed expenditure from scholarship.
  4. A personal essay of no more than 2 pages on the candidate’s career goals and how the scholarship will support those goals and contributions.
  5. A curriculum vitae, including transcripts.
  6. Other relevant or supporting work products or documentation (such as published papers, presentations, awards, etc.) could optionally be included.
  7. A letter of reference from the student’s major professor and at least one and up to three other academic/professional letters of reference (preferably from investigator(s) currently engaged in Everglades research).


In last year's impact report we highlighted some of the successes and challenges in restoration efforts, and paid tribute to the many students and collaborators that drive this powerful partnership.

At no other time has supporting Everglades restoration been more important. The stress of stronger and more frequent storms, on top of a long history of depleted freshwater flows and accelerated saltwater encroachment, demonstrates the urgent need to restore the Everglades and advance our understanding of the system’s resiliency to manage such stressors. In response, the Institute of Environment and Everglades Foundation are providing scholarships to full-time FIU graduate students pursuing research to protect and save the Everglades.