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California's Native Grasslands

GRASS - Grassland Research Awards for Student Scholarship 

The yearly application period is from November 1 to January 31

We award competitive research funds to promote undergraduate and graduate student research focused on understanding, preserving, and restoring California’s native grassland ecosystems in accordance with the CNGA Mission and Goals.

CNGA's GRASS Program: 

  • Focuses student research on important grassland-related questions 
  • Inspires students to become more involved in California grassland conservation and restoration
  • Trains future employees for your agency or company
  • Creates advocates for California grasslands 

Thanks to Your Donations, CNGA Has Awarded 50 Student Scholarships Since 2019

2019 – 5 Students Funded

2020 – 6 students funded

2021  12 students funded

2022 – 16 students funded

2023 – 11 students funded

Members! Watch Recordings from the CNGA Fall GRASS Seminar Series featuring the GRASS Class of 2021

CNGA members can now watch recordings of the 2021 GRASS Award Speaker Series presentations.

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Eligibility: Students from any accredited college or university doing research within California may apply for a CNGA student research scholarship (home institution may be outside California).

Application Period: November 1 to January 31

Awards: CNGA  funds at least four, $500 awards per year. These awards are designed to support basic undergraduate and graduate research in native grassland ecosystems. Funds can be used to support fieldwork, small equipment purchases, visits to herbaria, materials and/or books. Students may re-apply and receive a scholarship award for a maximum of two years. 

John Anderson Memorial ScholarshipThis year, there is a new opportunity for a one-time bonus award of $500 in honor of CNGA Founding Member John Anderson. If the review committee feels there is an applicant who is doing work on a topic that was close to John's heart, we will award an additional one-time scholarship at the committee's discretion. Topics John was passionate about include, but are not limited to, seed-based restoration, native seed production, tarweeds, and weed control.

To apply, send an application that includes: 

• Title of the project

• Your name and contact information

• Project supervisor/major professor and institution, degree sought, and year in school

• Project summary, including the location, objectives and significance (1 page or less)

• Proposed methods

• Expected accomplishments

• Timeline for project completion

• Budget and justification for scholarship funds

Applications should be no longer than 3 pages (PDF format is preferred). Please email all materials (with "CNGA GRASS Grants" in subject line) to by January 31st. For more information about the California Native Grassland Association, please visit our website at

Notification of the award recipient will occur via email by March 15.

  • Grant funds must be utilized within 12 months of the award
  • Recipients are required to submit at least one journal article to the CNGA publication Grasslands.  
  • The CNGA GRASS Grant Program should be acknowledged in theses, publications, or other products resulting from your research.

Download the Application Information


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