External Opportunities

A continuously updated list of external research funding and green job opportunities geared towards students, faculty, and other people in the Earth Common’s network.

Last updated May 11th, 2023

Research Funding

Application Due Date: June 2, 2023

Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) is excited to announce a new, year-long State Science Policy Fellowship program partnering with state agencies and University System of Maryland (USM) leadership. This unique opportunity will place fellows in coastal sustainability, coastal management, and environmental policy positions within Maryland.

Graduate students who have advanced to candidacy for a Ph.D. or completed a M.S., Ph.D. or J.D. by the spring semester 2023 are eligible to apply. For graduates, degrees must have been awarded May 1, 2021, or later to be eligible.

Full Proposal Due Date: November 21, 2023

This solicitation calls for proposals that integrate the study of genomic, physiological, structural, developmental, neural, or behavioral mechanisms of organismal response to climate change (ORCC) with eco-evolutionary approaches to better manage the effects of a rapidly changing climate on earth’s living systems. Specific areas of emphasis include but are not limited to: integrating physiology and genomics into the next generation of species distribution models; mechanistic understanding of plastic responses to climate change; functional genomics of organismal response to climate change; the role biological interactions play in organismal responses to climate change; and improving our ability to predict how organisms will respond to climate change and the consequences these responses will have across biological scales.

Requests for Statements of Interest and Qualifications for Potential Projects through the CESU Network

Title: National Park Service Notice of Funding Opportunity – Effects of Sound on Wildlife, Ecosystems, and Visitors in Units of the National Park System

Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: P23AS00293

Deadline for Submissions – 01 June 2023 @ 11:59 PM

Comments are being solicited for Draft Strategy Document to advance greenhouse gas monitoring and information systems.

The program will provide up to $20,000 to support projects on environmental issues led by women-identifying artists in the United States and U.S. Territories. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Ecological Services Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to states, landowners, educators, non-profit organizations, researchers and other potential partners to secure information about candidate and other at-risk species to avert listing of species pursuant to the ESA, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend. The principal objective of this Candidate Species Conservation funding opportunity is to accomplish conservation tasks for high priority candidate species (based on our annual Candidate Species Assessments) or other at-risk species in the United States, such that identified threats to the species may be reduced or eliminated.

NSF’s Convergence Accelerator Releases Upcoming Topics for the Program’s 2023 Solicitation. NSF’s Convergence Accelerator has published a Dear Colleague Letter, DCL (NSF 23-066) to make the research and innovation community aware of the convergent research topics selected for the program’s upcoming 2023 solicitation. The program, within the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships or TIP, supports use-inspired solutions toward societal impact.

Environmental Conflicts, Social Structures and Invasive Species Control
Tuesday, June 13–Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Online and in Nantes, France

This two-day workshop will focus on the control of invasive species in complex and conflictual social contexts.

The workshop aims to bring together empirical researchers, environmental professionals and theoreticians to share perspectives on invasive species control in a social context. It will emphasize management in the face of disparate interests as well as nonviolent or violent conflicts. With participants from diverse parts of the globe, the workshop aims to help form interdisciplinary connections that lead to relevant research and effective social and environmental interventions.

The workshop  will take place in a hybrid virtual and on-site format, with the on-site component at the Institute for Advanced Study–Nantes (IEA-Nantes), France. The languages of the conference are English and French, with interpretation available.

Organizers: Dr. Raphael Kweyu, Kenyatta University (Kenya) and IEA-Nantes; Prof. Judith Miller, Georgetown University (USA) and IEA-Nantes.

Registration is free but mandatory. Twenty in-person registrations are available.
The deadline for registration is May 15, 2023.
The deadline for consideration of contributed presentations is April 30, 2023.

A limited number of slots for online talks and posters are available. Those interested in a presentation should register by April 30, 2023 and use the options in the registration form to submit a title and abstract. Selected presenters will be notified in early May 2023.

A very limited amount of travel funding is available for PhD students. Those wishing to apply for funding must register by April 30, 2023; the funding request form is accessible via the registration page.

Registered participants will receive detailed information about the workshop by email.

Conservationists are eligible for funding up to US$10,000 for a grant period of one to two years.

Applications must be submitted through the grants portal which will open the first week of May. The grant portal will close at 5 p.m. EST on June 23, 2023.

Events & Programs

The Greenbuild International Conference + Expo  (new window)is the largest annual event for green building professionals worldwide to learn and source cutting-edge solutions to improve resilience, sustainability and quality of life in our buildings, cities and communities. 

This September, Greenbuild is coming to Washington, DC!

The US Green Building Council and Greenbuild provide students and emerging professionals with the opportunity to volunteer and receive complimentary admission ($800 value!) to the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. 

Volunteers are required to work a total of 8 hours IN PERSON, and in exchange they will receive admission to over 100 education sessions, the ability to network with industry professionals, and view current and upcoming green products on the Expo floor.

Applications due May 3rd.

Dear Colleagues:

Recent developments in satellite and sensor technology have led to unprecedented advances in the resolution, extent, and frequency of Earth observations. High spatial and temporal resolution capabilities now allow for the investigation of crucial research questions across several Earth system science education and research themes. Yet, many of these datasets have previously been unavailable for research purposes because they are generated by commercial providers. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) announces the availability of high-quality commercial Earth observation data to NSF-funded researchers at no additional cost through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Commercial SmallSat Data Acquisition (CSDA) Program.

To inform and assist interested researchers, this DCL describes the process for gaining access to this imagery, the currently available datasets, and related training resources.

There are a variety of training resources for the science and education community to help researchers get started with the data, access pathways, and integration with other software packages. The CSDA Program conducts a variety of conferences and Lunch and Learn sessions that are available here: https://www.earthdata.nasa.gov/esds/csda/program-activities.

The Agenda Fund (new window) will bring together behavioral scientists and funders across a range of policy areas to ask, what are the best research-backed behavioral solutions that we know about now? Where are the opportunities to invest in even higher-impact behavioral solutions?

A key aim of the Agenda Fund is to help philanthropic organizations better understand the potential for behavioral solutions to address their highest-priority issues. For universities and researchers, we believe this initiative has significant potential to expand the funding infrastructure for social and behavioral science. 

We are kicking off The Agenda Fund with a convening focused on finding behavioral solutions to climate change (new window), hosted in partnership with The Conversation and SAGE Publishing at The Rockefeller Foundation’s Global Headquarters in NYC on Friday, June 9. 

View the invitation >>

Energy Intelligence Forum 2023. The Energy Leaders for Tomorrow program identifies top graduates who have recently entered, or are about to enter the oil, gas or new energy workforce. The Energy Leaders for Tomorrow offers complimentary access to the Energy Intelligence Forum to those selected for the program, including travel and accommodation. The initiative enables young people to learn from, and network with, some of the energy industry’s foremost and respected leaders.

The 2023 application process is now open, and the 2023 Energy Leaders for Tomorrow will be announced in June.


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are launching Climate Crossroads (new window), a major new cross-Academies initiative to help the nation meet the challenges of climate change. This initiative is aligned with the NAM Grand Challenge on Climate Change, Human Health, and Equity (new window). The Climate Crossroads is formed as the three academies recognize that the climate crisis requires a true multidisciplinary approach and will serve as a nexus point within the National Academies, leveraging the disciplinary breadth of the organization. The NAM Climate Grand Challenge will be a key pillar of this broader initiative. 

We welcome your engagement in Climate Crossroads, as this initiative launches. The work of the Climate Crossroads will kick off at a major convening on July 11 and 12 at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, D.C.

A key aim of the Agenda Fund is to help philanthropic organizations better understand the potential for behavioral solutions to address their highest-priority issues. For universities and researchers, we believe this initiative has significant potential to expand the funding infrastructure for social and behavioral science. 

We are kicking off The Agenda Fund with a convening focused on finding behavioral solutions to climate change (new window), hosted in partnership with The Conversation and SAGE Publishing at The Rockefeller Foundation’s Global Headquarters in NYC on Friday, June 9. 

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program is seeking to develop leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. The EERE STP program provides an opportunity for highly talented scientists and engineers to participate in policy-related projects at EERE Offices in Washington, D.C.

This is a continuous posting.  Applications will be reviewed and selected as opportunities become available.


Green Jobs

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The following are jobs and internships shared with our institute. For a more complete listing of internships and post-graduate opportunities, please visit Handshake. (new window)

Green Internships

The Scientists in Parks Program of the National Parks Service: The Scientists in Parks Program is now accepting applications for the Winter 23/24 Season. There are over 90 exciting internship opportunities in national parks across the country. These paid internships contribute to natural resource management needs at parks with projects related to biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and science communications/education. A list of positions and how to apply can be found at: go.nps.gov/scientistsinparks. The application deadline is June 11, 2023. If you have any questions, please email Scientists_in_Parks@nps.gov.

Paid 6-month or 1-year internships at the C&O canal National Historical Park, MD. Currently recruiting eight interns to join the Division of Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers. Through interpretation and visitor services, the interns will assist with fulfilling the preservation mission of the National Park Service and the C&O Canal National Historical Park by providing audience-centered experiences through a wide variety of interpretive and educational programming services. Main responsibilities will include developing and presenting programs to park visitors, operating a replica canal boat, and caring for and training the park mules (Great Falls, MD only). 6-month>> 1-year >>

Galway Sustainable Capital seeks: a Summer Analyst (a finance-focused position targeted at rising college seniors or master’s students without work experience); a Summer Associate (a finance-focused position targeted at MBA/master’s students with work experience); and a Summer Sustainability Analyst (a sustainability-focused role targeted at rising seniors and above). View position descriptions.

Climate Defiance is hiring paid campus fellows to organize against fossil fuel extraction. We are a new, youth-led group focused on using peaceful, direct action to call on Biden to stop fossil fuel leasing on federal lands. This fellowship begins immediately and involves 10 hours per week of work. The hours are flexible. We pay $17 an hour. Apply >>

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