Wyss Scholars for Conservation in the American West

The Environmental Studies Program of the College of Humanities and Sciences administers the Wyss Scholars for Conservation in the American West program in cooperation with the College of Forestry and Conservation. This program, generously funded by the Wyss Foundation, seeks to support the development of conservation leadership for government or non-profit organizations working to conserve landscapes in the western states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah Idaho, Washington, Oregon or California.

The scholarship offers support up to ¼ of the cost of attendance for three semesters of an eligible master’s student’s enrollment at the University of Montana. If a scholar obtains qualifying employment in a government or non-profit conservation organization, the program makes post-graduation payments after 12 months and 24 months to cover another ¼ of the total cost of attendance.


Students in first semester of the Environmental Studies and College of Forestry and Conservation master’s programs may apply for two scholarships. Students in Biology, Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, History, Economics, Communications, and Business master’s programs in their first semester or the Law School in their third semester may apply for a single scholarship depending on funding for that cohort.

Applications are due in January of each year.

Conservation Jobs for Wyss Scholars for Conservation in the American West

For more details contact Dr. Len Broberg, len.broberg@umontana.edu or Julie Tompkins, julie.tompkins@mso.umt.edu .