Graduate Scholarships in Solid Waste Research (USA)

Graduate Scholarships in Solid Waste Research
Applications for the 2017-18 Academic Year Now Accepted

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is one of the largest sources of solid waste research funding in the U.S., allocating approximately $1 million annually in research grants and graduate level scholarships.

Thus far, over 50 students have been EREF scholars, many of whom are now in key academic and professional positions across the U.S.

Click here to access the application for the 2017-2018 academic year. The application deadline is May 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm (eastern). Click here to view a list of information/materials required for the application.

Applications will be considered from those who:

  • will be this year or are now a full-time master’s or doctoral student, and
  • have a clearly demonstrated interest in solid waste management research. EREF defines solid waste management to pertain to municipal solid waste, construction & demolition waste, industrial waste (e.g. coal ash), WTE ash, etc. Note: this definition does not include agricultural wastes or wastewater treatment plant sludge.

Submissions must be made online. Scholarship awards will begin in September 2017. As a result, students graduating in December 2017 are ineligible to apply.

All qualified candidates will be considered for scholarships without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, or disability. Applications from students outside the United States or studying abroad will receive equal consideration. Award decisions by the Environmental Research and Education Foundation and its directors are final and not subject to appeal.


EREF is a 501(c)3 class charity that funds and directs scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices to benefit industry participants and the communities they serve.