Water Resources Research Student Scholarships

TWRI is committed to training the next generation of water resources scientists and engineers.

TWRI has released its call for pre-proposals for the TWRI Graduate Student Research Program. See the 2021-2022 request for pre-proposals for details on eligibility, research priorities, timeline, budget, evaluation and ranking criteria, and application specifications. Pre-proposal applications are due to Danielle Kalisek (Danielle.Kalisek@ag.tamu.edu) by 11:59 p.m. CDT on November 23, 2020.

We have two water research scholarship programs, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Graduate Research Program and Mills Scholars Program, which provide $5,000 scholarships for graduate students to assist in conducting high priority water resources research in Texas.

Participating students are not only awarded financially but gain experience in proposal writing and gain exposure through their proposals, reports and posters being posted on our website and their projects being featured in Conservation Matters, our electronic newsletter.

Since 2001, we have awarded more than $1.08 million to 324 graduate students at universities throughout Texas conducting water research including:

  • Baylor University
  • Rice University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas State University
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of North Texas
  • The University of Texas
  • The University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • West Texas A&M University

Danielle Kalisek

As a grant administrator for TWRI, Danielle Kalisek manages proposal and budget development and facilitates the submission process, serving as a liaison between the institutes and Texas A&M’s Sponsored Research Services.


TWRI has awarded 2021 Mills Scholarships to five graduate students conducting water-related research at Texas A&M University. Winners include John Brien, Charles Schaub, Jacqueline (Jackie) Rambo, Ennis A. Rios and Anna Marie Van de Graft.

In January, we spotlighted our Mills Scholars Program, which awards at least four $5,000 scholarships to graduate students who are pursuing research in water-related studies at Texas A&M University, Texas A&M–Galveston and Texas A&M–Qatar.

Throughout the past five decades, TWRI has awarded Mills Scholarships to select Texas A&M University graduate students studying water resources and hydrology issues in Texas.

With pre-proposal deadlines approaching on Oct. 28 for Texas Water Resources Institute’s graduate scholarship programs, this txH2O highlight is focused on an article about the success of previous scholarship recipients.

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has awarded U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) graduate research grants to two students for June 2018–June 2019.

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has awarded U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) graduate research grants to two students for March 2016 – February 2017.