Nelson Scholarship Fund for Conservation Biology

College of Science and Engineering
These Nelson Graduate Scholarships for Conservation Biology will be awarded in Fall 2024
Current Graduating Seniors that have been accepted to the graduate program are encouraged to apply.
Scholarship recipients are strongly encouraged to attend the Donor Recognition and Scholarship Award Reception in early November 2024.

  • Awarding Department: Biology
  • Scholarship Intent: To award students for their academic excellence.
  • Criteria: Must be supported by recommendation from two faculty members, at least one of whom must be in the SFSU’s Department of Biology.
  • Major: All Biology
  • Class Level: Undergrad: N/A; Grad: Masters
  • Enrollment Status: Continuing/Currently enrolled SFSU student
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: N/A; Grad: FULL-TIME
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a Requirement
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: HS GPA: N/A; Undergrad GPA: N/A; Grad GPA: 3.0
  • Contact Person: Biology Department
  • Campus Address: HH 534
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway, San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415) 338-7672
  • Email:
  • Web page:
  • Number of Awards: varies

Supplemental Questions
  1. An essay of less than 1000 words covering the following topics: (a) description of your research and how it relates to conservation biology for a broad audience; (b) your professional goals; and (c) the impact of the scholarship would have on your life.
  2. Recommendation from your primary research mentor / SFSU academic advisor. The recommendation should detail the faculty member’s familiarity with the student, the value of the student’s proposed research, and the student’s ability to successfully conduct and complete the proposed project. Must be received by May 31st.
  3. A second recommendation letter from a faculty member or a supervisor. Must be received by May 31st.
  4. Unofficial transcripts for all previous and current graduate and undergraduate work