Celebrating and conserving the ecological richness of California's grasslands

Grassland Research Awards for Student Scholarship (G.R.A.S.S.)

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.

Help us ensure a healthy future by supporting student research through your donation to CNGA's GRASS Program.                          DONATE

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 


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Support Our Future! 

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).

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. 

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 grants@cnga.org by January 31st. For more information about the California Native Grassland Association, please visit our website at cnga.org.

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

  • Grant funds must be utilized within 12 months of the award
  • Recipients agree to submit at least one journal article or research summary to the CNGA publication Grasslands within that period. The CNGA GRASS Grant Program should be acknowledged in resulting theses and publications.

CNGA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and contributions are tax deductible.

Our tax ID is 68-0239825 

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