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Fellowships to USA Undergraduate Students for Research Projects Related to Watershed Regions in New York

Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship

GrantWatch ID# 187804
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Hudson River Foundation and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/13/23 5:00 PM - Electronic Receipt and Postmarked by date Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA undergraduate students for research projects related to watershed regions in New York. Participants will engage in scientific and public policy research. The purpose of this program is to introduce students to the research process through a career-stage-appropriate, summer research experience, guided by strong mentoring. The Foundation encourages all interested students, including those with no prior research experience, to apply.

The Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship program is a student research program of the Hudson River Foundation (HRF) conducted in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Named in honor of Dr. Tibor T. Polgar, a major participant in the early planning and development of the Foundation, this program provides a summer grant and research funds for undergraduate students to conduct research on the Hudson River, under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

The objective of the program is to enhance opportunities for students to conduct scientific and public policy research with a specific focus on projects studying the Hudson River, its watershed, and the people who live there. 

The 2023 program:

  • Focuses specifically on undergraduate students, in particular prioritizing rising juniors and seniors, with exceptions made for students who show special promise after their freshman year;
  • Encourages BIPOC students as well as first generation science (including natural and social sciences and public policy) undergraduates to apply; no prior research experience is required;
  • Welcomes projects that facilitate interactions with research mentors who come from communities that are historically underrepresented in the environmental sciences.

Projects must be relevant to the Hudson River and Watershed but may approach those subjects from a variety of disciplines. Appropriate topics include: studies of the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the River; or examinations of the social, economic, public policy, and environmental justice issues related to the River and Watershed. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Polgar Fellowships are open to undergraduate students only. Students beginning their junior or senior year in the Fall of 2023 are encouraged to apply.

Pre-Application Information
Applications must be received by the Foundation by 5:00 pm, February 13, 2023.

Number of Grants
Up to eight undergraduate students

Estimated Size of Grant
This program provides a summer grant ($5,500 for each fellowship) and research funds (up to $1,500) for undergraduate students to conduct research on the Hudson River, under the guidance of a faculty mentor (mentors to receive a $1,000 honorarium).

Term of Contract
Projects must be designed to be completed no later than September 2023, allowing for submission of the final written report November 2023. Students will be expected to attend an orientation, mid-term progress, and final reports meeting; they are also required to submit a final written report due November 2023.

Contact Information
The electronic copy of the application should be sent in one PDF file to with the subject heading “Polgar Proposal Submittal.” Reference letters should be submitted separately to the same email address with the same subject heading that also references the student’s last name.

One original hard-copy must be sent to:
Polgar Fellowship Committee
Hudson River Foundation
17 Battery Place, Suite 915
New York, NY 10004.

Questions should be addressed to Helena Andreyko at, or 212-497-1010.

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