Dan Fredman and Liz Palchak at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

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.

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Qualifications

These fellowships are open to existing UVM graduate students as well as new applicants pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering focussing on environmental issues.

Applications will be reviewed against four main criteria:

Application Instructions

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 two required applications:

Applications must include a C.V. and statement of interest with:

  • How your interests and experience align with Gund Institute themes.
  • How your background, research, and/or experience would contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Any initial conversations with potential advisors. 
  • Your name at the top of your statement.

Deadlines

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 more than 180 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. 

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Gund Student and Alumni Stories

Learn about Gund students and grads like Liz Palchak and Dan Fredman (pictured), who joined Vermont Energy Investment Corporation after studying energy systems and behavioral science.

Key Dates

  • Apply to Gund: Jan. 15, 2020
  • Apply to CEMS: See deadlines
  • Start date: Fall 2020

Questions? 

Contact Bailey Rowland