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.

The NRS Field Studies Program brings students from all general UC campuses together at NRS reserves to gain a deeper understanding of the natural world. Immersion for days or weeks in "classrooms without walls" allows students to study nature firsthand. Chances to practice field techniques and closely observe the environment are invaluable training for science research. NRS Field Studies courses bring textbook learning to life.

This application is for the Spring 2017 offering of California Ecology and Conservation. The application deadline to submit your application is October 24, 2016. For more information on the course, please see http://www.ucnrs.org/teaching/cec.html

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.


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








This scholarship application supplements the program application for the Spring 2017 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 a total of $13,500 in scholarships for Spring 2017 with each award ranging from $1000 to $2000.

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, 2016.

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