The UC Natural Reserve System is a network of protected natural areas throughout California. Its 39 sites include more than 756,000 acres, making it the largest university-administered reserve system in the world. Most major state ecosystems are represented, from coastal tidepools to inland deserts, and lush wetlands to Sierra Nevada forests. The reserves also serve as a gateway to more than a million acres of public lands. Founded in 1965 to provide undisturbed environments for research, education, and public service, the Natural Reserve System contributes to the understanding and wise stewardship of the earth.

For more information on the UC Natural Reserve System, visit our website: http://www.ucnrs.org

We are pleased that you are interested in applying for a 2018-19 Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant. The UC Natural Reserve System provides these grants to support graduate student research at its 39 reserves. Doctoral and master's students from any UC campus pursuing a graduate degree in any field are eligible. Studies must be conducted on reserves in the UC Natural Reserve System. 

Up to $38,000 is available to support research in any discipline.  A maximum of $3,000 may be awarded per applicant.

Essential information on the application process, eligibility requirements, and evaluation criteria is available here: https://ucnrs.org/mathias-grants/mathias-grant/. Please read the full application instructions before initiating your application.

If you have any questions, please email the NRS Program Coordinator, Erin Marnocha, at Erin.Marnocha@ucop.edu.  

This application is for the Spring 2019 offering of California Ecology and Conservation. The application deadline to submit your application is October 24, 2018. For more information on the course, please see https://ucnrs.org/teaching/cec/


You will be asked to attach a copy of your unofficial UC transcript to the application, so please have it ready. If you have been enrolled in other colleges or universities, please attach copies of those transcripts as well.


Please note:
- You must be enrolled at a University of California campus to apply.
- You must have successfully completed an introductory ecology or biology course.
- The minimum GPA requirement is 2.5.
- You must be in good standing with your home campus.
-International students seeking their degree from the University of California are welcome to apply for the program. Unfortunately international short-term students (one year or less) are not eligible.


If you need assistance, please contact CAecology@ucop.edu


Please note that all course-related communications will go to your UC email address, including the notification of your application status, regardless of what email you use to create a Submittable account. Please check your UC email account frequently to stay up to speed with course-related communications. 

This scholarship application supplements the program application for the Spring 2019 offering of California Ecology and Conservation. You must complete the program application as well as this scholarship application to be considered for a scholarship.


Award Amount: We anticipate awarding scholarships ranging from $1000 to $2000 per award.


Eligibility: NRS scholarships are open to all students that apply for and get accepted into the NRS Field Studies Program: California Ecology and Conservation.


Selection Criteria: The award selection will be based primarily on academic merit and integration of the California Ecology and Conservation field course into a student’s academic and career goals.



You  will be asked to attach a copy of your unofficial UC transcript to the  application, so please have it ready. If you have been enrolled in other  colleges or universities, please attach copies of those transcripts as  well.


The deadline to submit your scholarship application is October 24, 2018.


If you need assistance, please contact CAecology@ucop.edu.


Please note that all course-related communications will go to your UC email address, including the notification of your application status, regardless of what email you use to create a Submittable account. Please check your UC email account frequently to stay up to speed with course-related communications. 

UC Natural Reserve System