Aldo Leopold Graduate Research Award

The Center for Ecology and the Environment (CEE) is seeking applications for a graduate research award for the 2024 spring semester. We are offering two awards of $5,000 each to help support field research, travel-related expenses related to research, conference attendance, or other direct research costs.

The award was created to honor Aldo Leopold’s scholarship on land ethics, which taught us that human beings are an integral part of the environment and gain physical, economic, and spiritual sustenance from it.

Who Should Apply?

  • Graduate students advancing knowledge or understanding in both ecological and societal systems, pursuant to the spirit of Aldo Leopold
  • Students who are passionate about integrating ecology, ethics, and culture to enhance our ability to responsibly steward the environment



  • Currently enrolled UW-Madison PhD or thesis-based MS student
  • Pursuing research integrating ecological and social research
  • In good academic standing


  • Interest in contributing to the capacity-building aims of the CEE
  • Past or current experience working with conservation agency stakeholders and/or tribal entities engaged in ecological and social research

To Apply

Applicants should submit the following as a single PDF to Kyle Webert (

  • 2-page (maximum) letter of interest describing the scope of their research and relevance to socio-ecological science and the mission of the CEE
  • Resume/CV
  • Basic budget plan for use of funds including a statement of existing project support (e.g., research or teaching fellowship)

Application deadline is March 8, 2024. Members of systematically excluded and underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Questions can be directed to Professor Ben Zuckerberg (

About the Center for Ecology and the Environment

The mission of the CEE is to foster research, connectedness, instruction, and outreach among ecologists at UW-Madison and beyond. The CEE receives support from the Nelson Institute, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and College of Letters and Science. Learn more about our efforts on campus and joining our community.

 Support for this initiative has been provided by generous support from Steven Lawry, who received a PhD in land resources from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies in 1988.