Engineering a sustainable future.
The Gund Institute for Environment and UVM’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) seek outstanding PhD students to create real-world solutions to global challenges.
These new Gund Barrett PhD Fellowships, supported by The Barrett Foundation, will enable PhD students to collaborate across disciplines on urgent issues at the intersection of engineering and the environment.
An interdisciplinary PhD experience
Students will receive up to four years of funding, including an annual $35,000 stipend, tuition, and UVM’s student health insurance. They can also access additional funds for conferences and research costs.
Primary advisors must be a Gund Fellow from UVM Engineering (biomedical, civil, electrical, environmental or mechanical). Students must pursue a PhD degree in CEMS and mentor undergraduate Barrett Scholars.
These fellowships are open to existing UVM graduate students as well as new applicants pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering focusing on environmental issues.
Applications will be reviewed against four main criteria:
Prospective CEMS PhD students and existing CEMS graduate students can apply for Gund Barrett PhD Fellowships.
1. Contact potential faculty advisors directly to discuss your interests. Identify a Gund Fellow from Engineering (biomedical, civil, electrical, environmental or mechanical) who can serve as your primary advisor.
2. Submit the required applications:
- If new to UVM: You must apply via the Graduate College for a College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences PhD degree by the relevant deadline. Indicate in your application statement that you are applying for a Gund Barrett Fellowships.
- All applicants: Complete the separate Gund Institute application. Access the Gund application by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
Applications must include a C.V. and statement of interest with:
- Gund application deadline: January 14, 2021
- CEMS application: Deadlines vary - click here to find each program's deadline.
- Gund makes offers: February-April 2021
- Prospective students visits: Spring 2021
- Students accept offers: March-April 2021
- Start Date: Fall 2021
About the Gund Institute
The Gund Institute for Environment catalyzes environmental research, develops real-world solutions to global issues, and connects UVM with leaders in government, business and beyond. Based at the University of Vermont, the Gund Institute is a newly expanded campus-wide center for interdisciplinary research, where over 200 faculty, global affiliates, post-docs, and graduate students collaborate widely to understand the interactions among ecological, social, and economic systems. The Gund Institute focuses on environmental issues at the interface of four pressing themes: climate solutions, health and well-being, sustainable agriculture, and resilient communities.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Gund Institute for Environment strives to build a diverse and inclusive community of scholars and leaders, because it is essential to our mission and central to our vision for a sustainable world.
We define “diversity” as the full spectrum of cultural and socioeconomic affiliations that characterize individuals within society, and “inclusion” as valuing the contributions of that diversity to our work and community.
A diverse and inclusive institute will enhance the relevance and impact of our work, ensure our solutions represent those most affected by environmental challenges, address environmental injustice, diversify the environmental leadership of the future, and train those leaders to operate in diverse teams and environments. Learn more about diversity and inclusion at the Gund.