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Rutgers Graduate Program Opportunities

Graduate Program in Atmospheric Science at Rutgers University with specific areas of research including causes and mechanisms of climate change, storm prediction, clouds, radiation, aerosols, and land-atmosphere interactions. Application deadline for full consideration for financial aid is January 15, 2021.

Graduate Program in Geography at Rutgers University with areas of interest including human geography, physical geography, and human-environmental geography. Graduate students participate in numerous interdisciplinary programs and research centers at Rutgers, including the various area studies centers, the Office of the State Climatologist, and more. Application deadline for full consideration for financial aid is January 15.

Graduate Program in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University. Application deadline for full consideration for financial aid is January 15.

Graduate Program in Marine Sciences at Rutgers University, with research opportunities in real-time studies in the coastal ocean using advanced underwater instrumentation; biological and geological processes at deep-sea hydrothermal vents; remote sensing and ocean modeling; advanced underwater optics and fish behavior; biodiversity and marine molecular biology; coastal geomorphology; organism-sediment interactions; cycling of organic and inorganic materials in the ocean; watershed ecosystems. Application deadline for full consideration for financial aid is January 1, 2021.

The Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University offers the Human Dimensions of Environmental Change Graduate Certificate Program. The certificate program represents a collaboration among faculty from several graduate programs, and allows students to examine the political, cultural, economic, historical, and other human dimensions of environmental change while carrying out studies in an existing graduate program.

The Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers University offers graduate education and training in microbial, plant, animal, and human ecology. Application deadline for full consideration for financial aid is December 15, 2021.

The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University offers Graduate Programs to prepare students for careers in areas such as the design of healthy communities, community development, environmental and land use policy, political processes, regional development and planning, transportation policy and planning, and urban redevelopment. Application deadline for full consideration for financial aid is January 15, 2021.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rutgers University offers a Master of Science Degree and Doctor of Philosophy with areas of specialized study including geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, and water resources and environmental engineering. Application deadline February 1, 2021.

PhD Opportunities

Post doctoral opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to study the governance of climate change, the internet, peacebuilding, and peacebuilding at the Centre for Global Cooperation and Research. Applications due June 1st, 2021.

NSF Office of Polar Programs, Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. Applications due June 18, 2021.

Postdoctoral in modeling of marsh responses to sea-level rise at the University of South Carolina (SC). [Posted March 14, 2021]

Postdoctoral Researcher in Ecology or Paleoecology to study spatial and temporal patterns on soil arthropods and climate change at Rutgers University (NJ). [Posted March 7, 2021]

Job Opportunities.

Climate Programs Data Manager. Second Nature, Boston (remote work is an option). Application deadline Friday, June 11, 2021.

The NSF is hiring an Operations Manager for their Antarctic Programs. The Operations Manager coordinates development of the annual and long-range program plans for sustaining and improving the operations of the infrastructure necessary to support the United States Antarctic Program, which conducts research focused on geoscience and climate science. Deadline June 18th, 2021.

NOAA is hiring U.S Regional Climate Services Directors for their locations in Anchorage, Alaska, Boulder, Colorado, and at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Directors are responsible for the provision of regional climate services and the development of regional climate information and policy. Deadline June 8th, 2021.

Second Nature Climate Programs Manager. Application period closes May 28, 2021.

Multiple Research Technicians in Coastal Ecosystems Ecology and Biogeochemistry at Roberts Lab of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry (LA). [Posted March 14, 2021]

Physical Science Administrator, Division of Earth Sciences (EAR), Directorate of Geosciences (GEO), the National Science Foundation (VA). [Posted March 7, 2021]

Program Director, Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, National Science Foundation (VA). [Posted March 7, 2021]

Program Director for The Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation of The National Science Foundation (VA). [Posted January 31, 2021].

Early Career Scientist Fellowships




Humanities Action Lab, “Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice”

Alexander Library & Zimmerli Art Museum, Fall 2021

112 hours, $15/hour

Rutgers New Brunswick will be hosting an interactive traveling exhibit, “Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice,” from the Humanities Action Lab this fall, at the Alexander Library and Zimmerli Art Museum. There are two paid internship opportunities available for students to work as exhibition assistants from mid-August through late October, with optional (but recommended) enrolment in the Public History Internship course (3 History credits, fulfills capstone requirement for History majors).

Interns would assist with exhibition installation and de-installation, act as docents/tour guides for socially-distanced groups, assist with virtual and/or in person programming and events, assist with documentation and evaluation, and conduct outreach related to the exhibit with course instructors, the University community, and local/regional residents and organizations.

No prior museum/exhibition experience is necessary, but an interest in public history, curatorial work, labor/immigration/environmental history, and/or community engagement is welcome.

Hybrid and in-person arrangements available. Work assignments will comply with university policies and local/state public health recommendations to ensure that students, faculty, staff, and community remembers remain safe during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Additional opportunities are available to assist with installation and deinstallation (3 days in mid-August and 3 days in mid-October, $15/hour).

Students interested in the internship should email Dr. O’Brassill-Kulfan, project coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a brief statement of interest (1-2 paragraphs), transcript, and resume by July 6. Students interested in assisting with installation/deinstallation should send a brief email explaining their interest, along with their current resume by July 6.

New Jersey Organizing Fellowship from Food & Water Watch, a local environmental nonprofit. Learn organizing, create positive change in your community, and get paid while working from home. Looking to hire as soon as possible. [Posted April 18, 2021]

Summer Environmental Education Internships with NJ Audubon.

Duke Farms offers three paid internship tracks: Education, Facilities, and Natural Resources. [Posted March 7, 2021]

Interns for policy and communications work Summer 2021, Center for Progressive Reform. [Posted February 21, 2021].

Grants/Funding Opportunities

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is seeking pre-proposals for three grant programs: Research and Education, Professional Development and Research for Novel Approaches. Grants are aimed at improving sustainable agriculture and local food systems throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Pre-proposals, which capture the preliminary project concept, are required for each grant program and are due online by 5p.m. on August 3rd, 2021. Applicants selected to submit full proposals will be contacted in mid-August with full proposals due on October 26th, 2021. More information about how to apply may be found at

Oceanic Exploration and Research Grant from NOAA. Applicants will submit proposals to conduct exploration of poorly understood U.S. waters, primarily in the Pacific. Awards from $75,000 to $750,000. Applications due October 8th, 2021.

Supplemental Funding Opportunity for Post-Baccalaureate Biological Sciences Students conducting research from NSF BIO. To receive full funding, apply by July 2, 2021.

Awards averaging $3 Million for ARPA-E’s Reduce Fuel Waste From Advanced Nuclear Reactors Program. Areas of focus include advancing fuel recycling, sensor and data fusion technologies, and developing high-performance waste forms. Concept papers due July 9, 2021.

The Department of Energy is awarding the L-Prize for Innovative Lighting. Participants will develop innovative LED technology that improves energy efficiency and sustainability. The prize totals $12 Million. Applications due November 19, 2021.

Minerva Research Initiative from the Department of Defense. Proposals regarding the impact and national security implications of climate change, disinformation, and online influence can win awards of $150,000 to $1,000,000. White papers due June 23th, 2021, Full Proposals due September 29th, 2021.

Wetland Program Development Grant from US EPA. Awards from $200,000 to 800,000. Applications due June 28th, 2021.

Environmental Justice Grants from US EPA. Awards of up to $10.5 Million. Applications due June 1st, 2021.

XPRIZE Carbon Removal and Elon Musk plan to award up to $100 Million for carbon removal solutions. Team registration opens with the announcement of full guidelines on Earth Day April 22, 2021. The competition will last 4 years through Earth Day 2025.

Air Pollution Educational and Research Grant Scholarship for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers available from the Mid-Atlantic States Section of the Air and Waste Management Association (MASS-A&WMA). Applications due June 30, 2021.

New York Clean Transportation Prizes Electric Truck and Bus Challenge. Awards up to $24 million in grand prizes to accelerate the electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and reduce air pollution and emissions in disadvantaged communities in New York State. Register by Thursday, July 22, 2021 to participate and submit a proposal.

Racial Equity in STEM Education from the National Science Foundation. Proposals due July 13, 2021.

Grants for Integrating Democracy, Human Rights, and Good Governance in Efforts to Address Climate Change and Protect the Environment in the East Asia and Pacific Region from the Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor. Applications due June 4, 2021.

Grand Challenges in Integrative Geospace Sciences: Advancing National Space Weather Expertise and Research toward Societal Resilience (ANSWERS) from the National Science Foundation. Proposals due August 23, 2021.

Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity (GOLD) from the National Science Foundation. Proposals accepted anytime. [Posted March 28, 2021]

NOAA Cooperative Agreement for Climate Adaptation and Mitigation. Application deadline May 24, 2021.

Education Programs in Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences grants available from the National Science Foundation. Applications accepted anytime. [Posted March 21, 2021]

National Climate Adaptation Science Center Program to identify host and serve as consortium partners for USGS Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center. Application deadline June 14, 2021.

MS Research Assistantships for living shoreline restoration project and human disturbances in sand shoal habitats at The Roberts Lab at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. [Posted March 14, 2021]

UCAR Next Generation Fellowships offers two years of support for graduate students in three tracks: Earth System Science, Diversity & Inclusion, and Public Policy. Application deadline June 15, 2021.

NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program Grants. Up to $750,000 is available through 3 Requests for Applications that are currently open: Local Stewardship Planning, River Education, and River Access. Application deadline June 2, 2021.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational and Applied Science Grants from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Application deadline May 20, 2021.

Program solicitation for Antarctic Research from the National Science Foundation. Proposals accepted anytime. [Posted February 21, 2021]

Grants for the Education and Workforce Development Program: Food and Agricultural Non-formal Education from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Application deadline July 1, 2021.

Grants for the Education and Workforce Development Program: Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Application deadline July 1, 2021.

Grant from the National Science Foundation for the program Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics (GLD). This program supports innovative fundamental research into processes that shape and modify earth's landscapes over a variety of length and time scales, with a focus on the Holocene. [Posted January 3, 2021].

Grants for Long Term Research in Environmental Biology from the National Science Foundation. Proposals accepted anytime. [Posted December 20, 2020].

Award Nominations


Call for Submissions/Papers

The Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) Committee is seeking abstracts for oral presentations and posters relevant to the conference theme: “Water Resource Management: Tools and Success Stories”. Abstracts will be selected for presentation based on their technical and policy merit, and relevance to conference topics, which include modernizing infrastructure, security and sustainability of water supplies, and planning for resilient water systems in a changing climate. E-mail abstracts or questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call for abstracts and more information here. Abstract Deadline: June 2, 2021 The conference will be held September 22-24, 2021. Conference website here

Comments/Service Opportunities

Call for Nominations, National Academy of Sciences: Communities, Climate Change, and Health Equity – A Workshop Series. Nominate Planning Committee Members or Speakers Volunteer. Deadline Monday, June 7, 2021.

Oregon State University seeks input to identify and understand the ways in which citizen science projects address the science identity development and community-building of their project volunteers. If you develop, manage, or oversee aspects of a citizen science project and are interested in participating, click here to learn more about the study and complete their online survey.


Graduate course this fall! Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience: A Transdisciplinary Perspective (16:218:502). Thursdays, 1 PM-4 PM.

Sustainability Minor for Rutgers Undergraduates. Open to students in any curriculum. Flyer here.


LabX, a part of the Creative Engagement team at the National Academy of Sciences, is launching a new social media feature called Scientists at Home. It will feature scientists sharing their most interesting/unique/weird/odd/meaningful object they own. To participate, fill out this form and return a completed release form to kstoever[at]


The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey is hiring a Climate Resilience Manager and a Cities
Program Manager. Application Deadline Monday, May 24, 11:59 PM.
Blue Climate Strategy is hiring a Senior Director and Director. [Posted May 17, 2021]
Climate Fellowship to study the impact of food waste on climate change at ReFed. Applications
due May 23rd, 2021.
Second Nature Climate Programs Manager. Application period closes May 28, 2021.