Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research

A campus-wide framework for linking knowledge and people

Global Change Student Research Grant Competition

For more than 20 years, this unique program has provided support to UAF undergraduate and graduate students for research related to global change with a focus on arctic or subarctic boreal regions. Initiated in 1992 under the auspices of the UAF Center for Global Change, it is administered by the UAF Graduate School with support from current funding partners, the Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research (CIFAR), the Robert Belous Global Change Research Endowment and the UAF Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA).

The annual competition is designed to provide professional training by giving student applicants experience with proposal writing and the peer review system as practiced by science and engineering funding agencies. Successful applicants also gain experience with post-award activities and obligations such as managing their funds, and fulfilling reporting requirements.

In the context of this competition, global change research includes the observation and study of the processes, interactions, and feedbacks among the components of the Earth system (atmospheric, oceanic, hydrologic, ecologic, and human) in both the past and present, in order to anticipate future changes, develop effective responses to change including the means for sustainable management of resources and ecosystem services, and to ensure societal and cultural viability and adaptation over the long term. Global change includes but is not limited to climate change.

The proposal submission deadline generally falls in the first half of February each year.

The deadline for the 2016 competition was February 5, 2016. The guidelines for the 2016 competition can still be accessed; however, be aware that the 2017 competition guidelines may be somewhat different.