Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited Graduate Fellowship

Fellowship opportunity for graduate students studying coldwater fisheries or streams as part of their thesis or dissertation.

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The Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited chapter was founded in 1962 because of the concerns for the health of Michigan's local streams and the wild trout that live in them. The chaper has been involved with many activities from river clean-up, steam monitoring, bank erosion and its reconstruction, fish shocking, invertebeate studies and fly fishing clinics.

Michigan State University graduate students are invited to apply for a Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited (SWMTU) Graduate Fellowship, up to $4,500, administered by the MSU Graduate School. This fellowship was established in 1987 by Sis Schrems, whose husband, Cornelius “Cornie” Schrems’, was a founding member of Trout Unlimited. The goal of the fellowship is to engage MSU graduate students in conducting research that will have an impact on enhancing, protecting, and preserving Michigan’s coldwater fisheries and streams resources. 

Applicants must be enrolled as a graduate student at MSU, in good standing, and working on coldwater fisheries or streams as part of their thesis or dissertation.  Additionally, the applicant must demonstrate a dedication to trout fishers and have excellent academic credentials, evidence of leadership abilities, the ability to communicate to the public, and to effectively solve problems.   

The application information required for this nomination includes the following:

  • Cover letter which states education and career goals as they relate to the mission of Trout Unlimited and the Schrems Chapter
  • A CV detailing academic and personal experiences
  • Detailed description of the research being investigated related to Michigan’s coldwater fisheries or their streams
  • Letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor

Application Process

Applications for this graduate fellowship are due by Monday, February 3, 2020 to Dr. William W. Taylor ( and copied to Jennifer Mitchell (

Funding of the award

The awardee will express acceptance and appreciation of the award in writing to the donors prior to receiving the funding.