University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Gund Institute seeks PhD students

Research Assistantships available at University of Vermont: Fall 2017

The Gund Institute is recruiting new PhD students for Fall 2017. (Photo: Jon Erickson)

POSITION: The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont (UVM) is recruiting exceptional PhD students for Fall 2017 as part of a competitive Graduate Research Assistantship program.

Students will have considerable latitude and assistance in developing the direction of their work, but it should focus broadly within our research themes: Ecological Economics, Nature’s Benefits, Healthy Landscapes and Seascapes, and Climate Change. Students will be advised or co-advised by one of our Gund Institute Fellows

The Gund Institute is an interdisciplinary research center, where more than 50 faculty, post-docs, and graduate students collaborate widely to understand the interactions among ecological, social, and economic systems. Consistent with the mission of the Institute, we seek students interested in both advancing research frontiers and addressing concrete environmental issues.

OFFER: Students will receive three years of funding to be spent over four years. These funds cover an annual stipend of $27,000, tuition, and UVM’s student health insurance. Students will work with home departments to augment this support with Teaching Assistantships or additional grants.


  • Student must be starting year 1 of a PhD program
  • Competitive GPA and GRE scores
  • If applicable, minimum TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS score of 7.0
  • Preference given to applicants who have not previously studied at UVM, and who already have a Master’s degree, but all qualified candidates will be considered.

APPLICATION: Interested candidates should:

  1. Contact potential advisors directly to discuss your interests.
  2. Apply to the appropriate UVM college or school by its deadline (deadlines vary among schools).  Indicate in your statement of purpose that you are applying for a Gund Institute Research Assistantship.
  3. Complete the separate Gund Institute Research Assistantship Application by February 1, 2017.

Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT: The only comprehensive university in the state and Vermont's land-grant institution, UVM enrolls 13,000 students, including more than 10,000 undergraduates and close to 1,500 graduate students, and combines faculty-student relationships typically found in a liberal arts college with the scholarship and resources of a major research institution. It is home to seven undergraduate schools and colleges, an honors college, graduate college, medical school, and divisions of extension and continuing education. The campus spans Burlington's highest ridgeline overlooking Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and Green mountains, and is surrounded by the small, historical city of Burlington, perennially voted one of America's best places to live.