Travel, Research, and Educational Experience (TREE) Grants

The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) has been awarded the privilege of administering the distribution of the Joint Fire Sciences Program (JFSP) TREE grant, which is designed to help students travel to present or otherwise perform outreach at conferences, symposia, and workshops related to wildland fire science and management. These grants of $250 to $1,500 will fund direct travel costs for transportation, lodging, registration fees, and printing or preparation of presentation materials. 

All registered graduate students in good academic standing in a field related to wildland fire science, ecology, or management are eligible to apply for grants. Grants are limited and competitively awarded, with special preference for graduate students planning to deliver oral or poster presentations.

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How to Apply

Submit your application online at
Applications are due 60 days before the start of the event; however, we have a special application deadline of October 20, 2017 for the upcoming Fire Congress. See details below.

Applications for Student TREE Grants for the
7th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Due October 20

If you are applying for a grant to fund your travel to the upcoming 7th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress, you will need to complete your application by October 20, 2017. Notifications of award will be sent by October 27, so that you can begin planning your travel.

If you have not already submitted a proposal to give an oral or poster presentation at the Fire Congress, but would like to attend that event and receive a TREE grant to help with travel costs, please send an email to and notify us that you are not currently scheduled for a presentation. You might still be eligible for a TREE grant and be able to give a presentation on your research.
The Student Association for Fire Ecology (SAFE) is planning a great set of events for the Fire Congress, including an evening student social at Disney Wilderness Preserve, the national SAFE lunch meeting, and a student-focused interactive fire circle discussion, and a student poster contest. Several conference presentations will share student research findings, and we'll be holding a student poster contest.
The Education Committee of AFE is also hosting a special session and a fire circle with former awardees, as well as managers who worked with awardees, of the JFSP Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) grants, focused on how GRIN has affected wildland fire management.  Come learn about these young leaders in applied fire ecology and science.   
We hope you can join us!