Environmental Research and Education Foundation Scholarship Program

Application deadline: May 3, 2017

Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) supports scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices to benefit industry participants and the communities they serve. EREF's Scholarship Program recognizes excellence in master’s and doctoral waste management research and education through scholarship opportunities such as:

  • Fiessinger Doctoral Scholarship supports Ph.D. students and postdoctorates in environmental research and education.
  • Garbageman’s Invitational Master’s Scholarship supports graduate students in solid waste management research and education.
  • Reinhart Master’s Scholarship supports femal environmental engineering students.


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.

Scholarships recognize graduate students pursuing excellence in solid waste management research and education.  Recipients are chosen based on credentials and potential contributions to the solid waste industry and its scientific community.

Awards are based on:

  • Academic performance
  • Professional experience
  • Relevance of one’s work to the advancement of solid waste management science
  • Potential for success

Scholarship Range

  • Award amounts consider the cost of tuition at the recipient’s institution and any other funds received.  Full scholarships may not be awarded to students who will be receiving full-tuition scholarships from other sources (excluding direct university assistance such as tuition remission, or assistantship income) but may still be considered for partial awards.
  • Doctoral scholarships are awarded up to $14,400 per year, paid monthly, and can be extended for up to 3 years from the initial award date.  Master’s scholarships are awarded up to $6,000 per year and can be extended for up to 2 years from the initial award date. Scholarship renewal is dependent upon satisfactory progress as determined by the student’s academic advisor.

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