Stengl-Wyer Graduate Fellowships

Funding for doctoral candidates pursuing dissertation research on the diversity of life and organisms in their natural environments, across many disciplines.

The 2024 Stengl-Wyer Fellowships application cycle is now closed.

Stengl-Wyer Graduate Fellowships Program

Stengl-Wyer Graduate Fellowships support Ph.D. students within the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) studying life and organisms in their natural environments. These include students of ecology, evolution and behavior, molecular and cellular biology, plant biology, neuroscience, marine science, and other relevant areas.

Stengl-Wyer Graduate Fellowship recipients receive:

  • Health insurance

  • Full tuition and fees for one-year appointment

  • A 12-month stipend

  • An allowance that may be used to cover research and travel expenses

Congratulations, 2024 Stengl-Wyer Graduate Fellows!

  • Damla Cinoglu, Department of Integrative Biology, Proposal Title: Plant defenses against insect herbivores along tropical forest succession

  • Keri Greig, Department of Integrative Biology, Proposal Title: The impact of global change on fungal endosymbiont communities in Texas grasslands

  • Emily Lessig, Department of Integrative Biology, Proposal Title: The neuromolecular mechanisms underlying resilience to environmental variability in a Texas native fish

  • Hannah Rempel, Department of Marine Science, Proposal Title: Evaluating the critical roles of omnivorous reef fishes across gradients of habitat degradation

All fellowships will begin 09/01/24 and end on 08/31/25.

Download the complete list of Stengl-Wyer Graduate Fellows

Competition Overview

All 2024 Stengl-Wyer Graduate Fellowship recipients will receive a 12-month stipend of $36,000 beginning September 1, 2024 and ending August 31, 2025, along with full tuition and fees for the one-year appointment, health insurance and a $2,000 allowance that may be used to cover research and travel expenses.

Download the 2024 Stengl-Wyer Fellowship Competition Request for Applications


Eligible applicants must be in candidacy for a doctoral degree in a CNS graduate program pursuing research on the diversity of life and organisms in their natural environments. Applicants should intend to commit a minimum of 9 months of the one-year award as a Stengl-Wyer Graduate Fellow. Applicants must demonstrate a record of intellectual distinction and evidence of scholarly achievement, as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, presentations at national or international scientific meetings or other comparable achievements. Successful applicants should also demonstrate independence and creativity in their proposed research projects. Preference will be given to applicants whose proposed projects broaden the scope of research in CNS and further the Stengl-Wyer Endowment’s mission to explore the diversity of life and the interactions between organisms and their natural environments.

Application Submission Instructions 

Applications must be submitted through Competition Space, UT’s online submission interface. To apply:

  1. Visit  
  2. Click the “Apply” button on the Competition Space page.
  3. This will take you to a login screen. External applicants should create an interface account by clicking the “Register” button toward the bottom of the page. Follow the instructions to create an account. Applicants with an existing UT EID and password should login using the “University of Texas Web Login” button.
  4. You will be taken to an online application form. Complete the form and upload the required application components. Click “Submit Application” at the bottom of the page. You also have the option to save a draft and return later to submit your application.

The Lay Summary, Research Project Description, Bibliography/References and Short-form CV* should be combined and uploaded as a single PDF and submitted by the application deadline.

* Download the RFA above for the complete list of application components, instructions for letters of support, and review criteria.

Key Dates

Submission window opens: September 5, 2023

Submission deadline: October 9, 2023 at 5:00 PM CT

Announcement of awardees: December 2023

Award Start Date: September 1, 2024

Award End Date: August 31, 2025

Contact Information


Program questions should be directed to the Stengl-Wyer Endowment Program Directors:

Application submission interface questions should be directed to CNS Strategic Research Initiatives:

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