Joshua Tree National Park Graduate Student Research Grant
Since 2003, Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR) has encouraged independent field research by graduate students enrolled in accredited institutions. Each year, the Joshua Tree National Park Association (JTNPA) provides over $20,000 in grants to assist students with field study expenses, including data analysis, lodging, transportation, field supplies, and research equipment. Research proposals should focus on some aspect of the natural or cultural resources of Joshua Tree National Park. To learn more about research needs and the permitting process, visit our Science and Research webpage.
The Graduate Student Research Grant benefits the student researcher by providing an opportunity to demonstrate how their research can apply to land management issues. In addition, it provides park staff with a better understanding of the resources at Joshua Tree National Park.
More than 25 independent research projects have been conducted with the help of this program to date, adding significantly to the knowledge of the park and its natural and cultural resources. The grant program is coordinated by the park’s Science and Resource Stewardship program and the funds are administered by JTNPA. Applicants are reviewed by a panel of scholars and JOTR subject matter experts. Award amounts generally range between $2,000 - $5,000. Awardees will have free lodging at the park’s field station (Dr. Luckie Study Center) and free park entrance once you obtain your research permit. If you cannot utilize the field station for lodging, be sure to justify your lodging requests. You can also receive free camping, upon request. Please review the guidelines for obtaining a scientific research permit before applying.
How To Apply:
The application period for the Graduate Student Research Grant opens every fall. Contact the Grant Coordinator to be added to the email list for announcements. Applications are due mid-December and awards will be announced by mid-February. Download a copy of the application here.
A complete application includes the following items:
Grant recipients are required to:
All awards are administered through a reimbursement program. Recipients are expected to complete all of the requirements of the grant within two years of receiving the award.
Questions? Contact the Grant Coordinator.
Last updated: January 10, 2023