Wilkes Scholars

Apply to Become a Wilkes Scholar.

The Wilkes Scholars Program (WSP) enables outstanding undergraduate students to explore pressing climate challenges facing our state, region, and planet through transformative research. Wilkes Scholars will work with a mentor to advance research related to the mission of the Wilkes Center for Climate Science and Policy — catalyzing innovative science and solutions to address climate change.


To be eligible to receive this funding, applicants must:

  • Conduct research projects in the area of climate science and/or environmental studies. Examples of relevant research include, but are not limited to, drought and water issues, climate forecasting, climate justice, air quality, climate policy, fire and climate extremes, and environment and human health. 
  • Provide a tenure-line or career-line faculty contact who will submit a letter of support.
  • Be matriculated, degree seeking students at the University of Utah who have completed their first year of studies (sophomore+)

Wilkes Scholars are eligible for up $5,000 per semester and can receive two semesters of funding during the regular academic year (Fall and Spring). Students who receive funding are also eligible to apply for summer funding concurrently. Students who wish to receive funding through the summer must submit a new application before the March 1 deadline. Wilkes Scholars may be eligible for one subsequent renewal. Students may apply to become a Wilkes Scholar in any semester.

Wilkes Scholars awardees will be hired as temporary, part-time employees by the home department of their faculty mentor. Wilkes Scholars are paid $15/hour with a maximum Fall/Spring semester cap of 19hrs/week and a maximum Summer semester cap of 40hrs/week.

The Wilkes Center for Climate Science and Policy recognizes that a diverse student body benefits and enriches the educational experiences of all students, faculty, and staff. Thus, we strive to recruit students who will further enrich this diversity and make every attempt to support their academic and personal success while they are here.

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