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ESA Excellence in Ecology (EEE) Scholarships

Congratulations to the First Cohort of EEE Scholars

ESA Selects EEE Scholars



Applications are now closed

The Ecological Society of America is pleased to announce the launch of a new scholarship initiative – the ESA Excellence in Ecology (EEE) Scholarship for early – mid career ESA members who have achieved a PhD within the last 20 years. This initiative addresses one of the Recommendations from the ESA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) Task Force to support and elevate diverse scientists in our community. This effort seeks to remove critical barriers to full participation in the retention and promotion of scholars who have traditionally been excluded or underrepresented in our community to make ESA more inclusive. Black, indigenous, and people of color are especially encouraged to apply. 

Starting in 2021, the premier EEE scholarship will be awarded annually to recognize and support four scholars who have traditionally been excluded or underrepresented in our community.  


The EEE Scholarship comes with an award of $5000 and support over two years, including:

  • A speaking opportunity at ESA annual meetings or other ESA events and travel support to attend these ESA meetings (up to $2,000)
  • Support for research or family/childcare provision ($1,000)
  • Opportunity to host web events on research topics of their choice
  • Support for one open-access publication in an ESA journal ($2,000 fee)
  • Peer support and a cohort experience for Scholars and alumni
  • Mentorship


  • Applicants must have received their PhD within the last 20 years in any field that will advance ecological science. All basic and applied fields of research are welcome.
  • Only ESA members at the time of the application will be eligible 
  • Applicants who meet program goals and priorities

Criteria for Selection

Scholars will be selected based on the: 

  • relative merits of their research ideas
  • proposals for speaking opportunities
  • ideas for web events which they are interested in hosting, and
  • ideas for contributions to the peer network and DEIJ in ESA

Applications are due by September 7 and decisions are expected to be announced around September 30.


Contact: Adrienne Sponberg, Director of Society Programs