Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research

A campus-wide framework for linking knowledge and people

Global Change Student Research Grant Competition

The 2015 competition deadline has passed. Results will be announced in late April or early May.

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 presented in an interdisciplinary context. Initiated in 1992, it is administered by the Center for Global Change with support from current funding partners, the Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research (CIFAR), the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP), 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 natural and social science 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 2015 competition was February 6, 2015. The 2015 guidelines can still be accessed.

To be notified when the 2016 guidelines are posted (early fall 2015), please send an email to with the subject line "2016 competition guidelines".