The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers Masters and Doctorate degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

We have seven PhD fellowships described below as well as multiple teaching and research assistantships at both Master’s and PhD levels.

Gund/CEMS Barrett PhD Fellowships (open to all prospective students including international students)

Supported by a generous gift from Barrett Foundation, Gund/CEMS Barrett Fellowships are open to applicants pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering with environmental applications. These fellowships support PhD students seeking to collaborate on urgent issues in engineering and the environment. Students receive up to four years of funding, including an annual $35,000 stipend, tuition, and health insurance.

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GAANN PhD Fellowships (open to US citizens and permanent residents only)

We have multiple US Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of Nation Need (GAANN) doctoral fellowships. The title of the project is: Research and Education in Sustainable, Equitable, and Climate-Resilient Civil Infrastructure Systems. We are recruiting highly talented doctoral fellows from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds or women with the goal of training them to be highly-skilled teacher-scholars capable of 1) designing next generation sustainable and equitable civil infrastructure systems that are climate-resilient, and 2) educating future generations of engineers committed to sustainability, civic-engagement and equity.

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ATTENTION: GRE is not required.   Apply by January 15 for Fall admissions and by October 1 for Spring admissions for full consideration for funding.


Graduate student and faculty member collaboration

The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees can be concentrated around one or more sub-disciplines of environmental, geotechnical, water resources, structural, materials, and transportation engineering.  Our dedicated faculty members work together with highly motivated graduate students to address critical issues facing our world related to sustainability and energy; infrastructure systems; climate change, hazard mitigation and adaptation; and environmental and public health. Our emphasis is on interdisciplinary education with research collaborations and opportunities across campus including not only other engineering and science departments but also social science, policy, and medicine.

Supported research funding

Many of our graduate students are supported by research funding from our faculty and from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, National Park Service and other federal agencies. Research has also been supported by Vermont Agency of Transportation and Agency of Natural Resources and the private sector. Our faculty are actively engaged in Interdisciplinary research collaborations and centers such as the Transportation Research Center, Gund Institute for Environment, Vermont Advanced Computing Center, NSF EPSCoR, Vermont Space Grant Consortium, NASA EPSCoR, Vermont Water Resources and Lake Studies Center, and Vermont Complex Systems Center, among others. Many of these centers also support graduate research assistantships.

Our students cherish the integrated learning atmosphere we offer, the individualized design of the degree, and many employ the watersheds, landscapes, and strong communities of Vermont as laboratories for their research. Explore some of the research projects.