Barbara Castro Student Botany Research Scholarship Program


Northern California Botanists provides competitive botany and plant ecology scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending a college or university. Research scholarships will be funded by NCB with the goals of encouraging undergraduate students to pursue academic endeavors toward a career in botany, promoting undergraduate and graduate botany and plant ecology research and implementing objectives of the NCB mission.

The geographic range for defining the Northern California Botanists (NCB) area of interest for student research scholarships includes the area extending northward-from the southern boundary of San Luis Obispo County and western slope of the Tehachapi Mountains, following the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, to the southern boundary of Mono County. Students from any accredited college or university doing research with the NCB geographic range may apply for NCB student research scholarships.

Research scholarships consist of $1,000 awards, designed to support basic undergraduate and graduate research. Students may reapply and receive a scholarship award up to a maximum of two years for undergraduates and graduates pursuing a Masters degree and up to a maximum of four years for graduate students pursuing a Doctorate degree.

The application period for the 2024-2025 Scholarships has closed and applications are  now under review.  NCB will announce the recipients of the 2024-2025 Barbara Castro Student (Undergraduate and Graduate) Botany Research Scholarship Program in May. 


CNPS Chapters fund additional scholarships!

The Sacramento Valley and Shasta chapters of the California Native Plant Society have teamed up with Northern California Botanists to help award additional plant related research scholarships. We appreciate their support for this important Program. Thank you Sacramento Valley and Shasta chapters!


Sacramento Valley Chapter CNPS scholarship award

The Sacramento Chapter of the California Native Plant Society funds an additional scholarship for plant related research.  This chapters serves Sacramento, Yolo, Colusa, Sutter, and Yuba counties as well parts of Placer and San Joaquin counties. For more information on the Sacramento Chapter, CNPS, visit the Sacramento Valley Chapter website.

Shasta Chapter CNPS scholarship award

The Shasta Chapter of the California Native Plant Society funds an additional scholarship for research relevant to the flora within the boundaries of the Shasta Chapter (Shasta, Lassen, Modoc, and Siskiyou counties) and/or is a student from the Shasta Chapter area. For more information about this special scholarship, visit the Shasta Chapter website.