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The Food Systems Research Center is proud to support undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff at UVM. See our current opportunities below.

FSRC PhD Fellowships 2023

The Food Systems Research Center is excited to once again place a request for proposals to fund PhD students broadly studying food systems at UVM. This year we will once again be offering fellowships to existing and potential students. However, in acknowledging that existing and potential students have different needs, we will provide different funding packages dependent on the status of a student. We encourage everyone to read the full RFP, which includes details on how applicants will be scored.

Existing PhD Candidates will be eligible for 1-year of funding. We anticipate funding 4 exisiting PhD Candidates. We will only be funding existing Candidates or those who anticipate being a Candidate by 9/1/23.

Incoming PhD students will be eligible for 2-years of funding with potential for a 1-year renewal following this period. We anticipate funding 3 incoming PhD students.

The stipend amount per year is $31,5000 for FSRC PhD Fellows. The FSRC PhD Fellowship does NOT cover tuition and fees. It is the responsibility of the PI/sponsor to cover the tuition and fees for their student. Fellows receive up to $1000 in travel funds over the course of their funding and are formally acknowledged as FSRC Fellows, which includes professional development workshops and other exciting opportunities. The FSRC PhD fellowship is open to all colleges, departments, and centers at UVM, as long as the research of the PhD student is relevant to food systems and the mission and vision of the FSRC.

Students interested should include the following materials in their applications:

Prospective students

1)  A 2-page (max) statement of interest to include:
• A description of their proposed PhD research with specific emphasis on relevance to food systems in Vermont and/or the Northeast.
• The relevance of the proposed research to the Food Systems Research Center
• A description of the student’s preparedness for a PhD and why they will be successful in their program.

Candidates or those anticipating candidacy by 9/1/23
1) A 2-page (max) statement of interest to include:
• A description of their current PhD research with specific emphasis on relevance to food systems.
• The connection of their work to local and/or regional food systems in Vermont and/or the Northeast.
• The student’s plan for completing their PhD.
• The progress and successes made in their PhD to this point.

Additional materials required of existing and prospective students:
2) A CV and/or resume not to exceed 5 pages.
3) A one page (max) statement about how their food system project relates or contributes to issues of equity, inclusivity, and diversity.

Applicants should place their materials into a single PDF document and upload it to InfoReady. Applicants should also include the name and email of their faculty advisors when submitting their application.

Faculty advisors will be notified via an email requesting the following materials, which will be blind to the student:
1) A one page (max) letter of support from their advisor to address:
• The potential for the candidate’s research to contribute to the goals of the FSRC and Vermont/Northeast food systems.
• A research and training plan for the success of the applicant.
• A plan for how the PI will cover tuition and fees for the student.
• Plans for future funding applications for prospective students OR plans for helping the student complete their PhD if they are an existing student.

2) Acknowledgement that the faculty advisor must cover tuition and fees for their student, or that the tuition, research credits and fees will be covered by the Department, College Dean’s office or another means specified. Following completion of this acknowledgement, the faculty sponsor's Dean will also have to acknowledge tuition and fees will NOT be covered by the FSRC.

Applications are due through InfoReady by February 1st, 2023. Please email ARS Research and Outreach Manager, Dr. Chris Skinner if you have any questions. All applications will be thoroughly reviewed by a panel of reviewers from across UVM. Final decision will be made by the FSRC team.

Full RFP



Food SURF 2023

The Food Systems Research Center (FSRC) calls for applications for our 2023 Food Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF). We seek to fund outstanding undergraduate students performing research broadly relevant to food systems. Selected students will be awarded a $4,500 stipend as well as $1,500 in materials and supplies to support their research project. Additionally, faculty sponsors will receive an allocation equivalent to 8% effort (one week effort) for summer salary. UVM students from all colleges and welcome to apply if they are conducting research relevant to food systems. Faculty members can only apply with one undergraduate student.

To apply, students must submit the following:
1. A 2-page max research statement detailing their research project with specific reference to how it is relevant to the mission and vision of the FSRC.
2. Their most current transcript (can be unofficial).
3. A 1-page max personal statement detailing how this funding will support their academic and career goals.
4. Fill out the attached budget template document utilizing the $1,500 funding for materials and supplies. This money can also be used to attend conferences.
5. Include the name of their faculty sponsor in the space below.

Following submission of these items, faculty sponsors will be prompted to submit a 1-page max letter of support for the student that is blinded to the student. All applications and letters will be submitted via InfoReady.

Selected students and their faculty mentors will be required to attend an information session with the FSRC prior to the start of their projects. At the conclusion of their research, students will complete a progress report on their work as well as submitting a final list of all purchases to the FSRC/ARS Grants Administrator Students will also be required to present at the Student Research Conference.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Research and Outreach Manager, Chris Skinner. Applications are due 3/1/23.




If you are an undergraduate student, graduate student, or postdoc interested in joining the FSRC team, please reach out to affiliated scientists to inquire about their funding and potential opportunties.