Student Grant Opportunity

Aimlee Laderman Student Grant


student field work in stream - burchsted photo

The New England Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER-NE) is offering biennial student grants to support research and studies in the field of ecological restoration. These grants are offered in odd-numbered years. The Aimlee Laderman Student Grant is dedicated in honor of Aimlee Laderman, ecologist, life-long educator, and founding member of SER-NE.


In 2017, the New England Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER-NE) is offering a total of $2000 in two to four student grants to support research and studies in the field of ecological restoration.

Grant Amount: In 2017, two to four separate grants will be awarded, up to $1000 each (max of one award per applicant).

Grant Eligibility: To be considered, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Be one of the following:
    • a current undergraduate or graduate student;
    • enrolled to begin a full-time program in 2017; or
    • a graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program who completed full-time studies and received a degree after March 25, 2016
  • Propose research that will either:
    • be conducted while enrolled as a student; or
    • complete research that was largely conducted as part of previous undergraduate or graduate studies; in this case, the link between the proposed work and the student research must be made clear in the application.
  • Propose work to be completed by August 30, 2018.
  • Be actively involved in the study of ecological restoration.
  • Not be a previous recipient of the Laderman Student Grant.
  • Submit a complete application, with complete answers that enable an informed selection decision.
  • Request funds to support research or scholarship related to ecological restoration within the geographical limits of the SER-NE Chapter (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) or within similar ecosystems in New York.
  • Request funds for research or scholarship expenses such as travel, equipment, living expenses, or tuition.

Grant Application Evaluation: Eligible applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria: Scholarly Merit, Feasibility, Need, and Contribution to the Field of Ecological Restoration. The scoring rubric is available here. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the rubric prior to developing their applications.

Obligations of Grant Recipients:  Grant recipients are required to complete their funded work and present the results at an SER-NE event by May 31, 2018.

Timeline: Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM, March 25, 2017, using the application form.  Awards will be announced by April 30, 2017, and funds will be provided in time for research in the summer of 2017.

If you have questions regarding this grant, please contact ser-ne@ser.org.