Sponsored by the UC Natural Reserve System, the Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant Program is open to University of California graduate students of any discipline, with the exception of students at UC San Francisco, who plan to work at one or more sites in the NRS. A maximum of $38,000 is awarded each year, with each applicant receiving up to $3,000. The grants commemorate Mildred E. Mathias, a former professor of botany at UC Los Angeles and a cofounder of the NRS.
The Mayhew Graduate Research Award is available to graduate students conducting research at Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center. One or more grants of up to $4,200 are awarded by the review panel. The competition is open to all graduate students, not just those enrolled at the University of California. As Boyd Deep Canyon is a gateway reserve, research projects conducted off site also will be considered.
Supporting research conducted at or based out of the NRS's Valentine Camp Reserve or Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory, the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve Graduate Student Research Grant competition is open to graduate students enrolled at any bona fide college or university. Applicants may receive awards of up to $3,000. Proposals are evaluated on research merit and the need for special conditions found at and around the reserves, among other criteria.
The California Desert Research Fund supports scientific research that contributes to the awareness and conservation of desert parks, wilderness, and other natural desert open spaces in Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo and Imperial counties. The fund has provided more than $300,00 to over 100 students studying California deserts. Graduate students conducting work at the NRS's Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, and Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center are among those eligible to apply. Recipients are invited to present their work at the California Desert Research Symposium. The awards are supported by The Community Foundation, which serves Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
All Chilean graduate students who have been accepted into the University of California and meet criteria set by the CONICYT (Comisión Nacional de Investigatión Científica y Tecnológica) program are eligible to apply. The CONICYT Fellowship can be used to support field research or other work conducted at NRS reserves.