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The Food Systems Research Center at UVM is excited to announce the availability of four, one-year fellowships for PhD students conducting food systems relevant research at The University of Vermont. The positions include a stipend of $30,500 for the academic year of 2022-2023.

  • Application materials should be received by January 10, 2022 to be fully considered.
  • If you have any questions, please contact ARS Research Project Manager Dr. Chris Skinner at


About the Center

The Food Systems Research Center at UVM (FSRC) conducts interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research to study food systems: the networks of people, institutions, physical infrastructure, and natural resources through which food is grown, processed, distributed, sold, prepared, and eaten. We examine how different parts of a system interact to understand why food systems function the way they do.

The FSRC focuses on the Northeast U.S. but considers the relationship of food systems across scales from local to global. We seek to understand the contribution of small- to medium-sized farm and food businesses to society, recognizing that vibrant food systems support operations across a range of scales. We develop data, knowledge, and tools to help people see food and agricultural problems as complex and interconnected, and work together to find solutions that enable food systems to serve human health and nutrition, and for environmental, economic, and social sustainability.


Fellowship Goal

The Center seeks to support PhD students conducting food systems relevant research to broaden its scope of research, catalyze the next generation of food systems researchers, support existing and future research efforts, and connect graduate students with the Center’s researchers and mission. This is an exciting opportunity to support existing work in food systems or aid in new food systems research projects. 


Fellowship Details and Eligibility

  • Applicants must be PhD students currently enrolled at The University of Vermont (UVM), or applicants to PhD programs at UVM. A prospective student must be admitted to their respective program in order to receive the fellowship.
  • Current or prospective students must be conducting food systems relevant research, which can be broadly defined to include any aspect of the food system across multiple disciplines.
  • The positions will be supported with a stipend of $30,500 for the academic year of 2022-2023, which includes summer funding.
  • Funding must be used within the 2022-2023 academic year and summer.
  • Tuition for PhD students is not provided with this fellowship. Tuition must be provided by the home college/department or through other sources.
  • Successful applicants will be required to submit a summary of accomplishments as a result of their fellowship, and present their research at a Center seminar at the end of their term.
  • Applicants do NOT need to propose a specific project to be eligible for the funding, but must detail in their application how their work is relevant to food systems. 


Application Materials

To be considered for fellowships, please submit the following via Qualtrics at

  1. A statement of interest (no more than two pages) that answers the following:
    • Why is your research a food systems issue, and how does your current/proposed research help solve a food systems problem?
    • How does the current/proposed research relate to the Food Systems Research Center at UVM?
    • What inter- or transdisciplinary approaches does your research use? How will/does it connect with people and outcomes across disciplines?
    • What is the application of your work? Who or what will benefit from this research and how will they learn about it?
  2. A letter of support from a current or potential advisor within your respective program. This letter should describe the existing funding for the student, including:
    • Any current or future fellowships, research assistantships, or teaching assistantships for the student.
    • Faculty and student efforts to obtain additional funding for the PhD student through grant applications or other means.
    • The letter should also discuss the relevance of the student’s research to the Food Systems Research Center.
    • Letters should be submitted by the advisor to ARS Research Project Manager Chris Skinner (
  3. A curriculum vitae of the student.