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Funded PhD opportunities with real-world impact.

The Gund Institute for Environment supports outstanding PhD applicants interested in conducting interdisciplinary research on major global environmental challenges.

With Gund PhD Fellowships, students receive attractive funding packages, world-class faculty mentors, real-world experience collaborating with leaders in government and business – and a deep understanding of complex global sustainability issues.

Explore Gund PhD Fellowships

Gund scholars collaborate widely to understand the interactions among ecological, social, and economic systems. We seek doctoral students working on Gund research themes, and especially the connections among them.

Students receive up to four years of funding at $32,000 per year, tuition, and UVM’s student health insurance. They can also access enrichment funds for conferences and research costs.


Application Instructions

Prospective PhD students from any UVM College or School can apply for Gund PhD Fellowships. Interested candidates should:

1. Contact potential faculty advisors directly to discuss your interests. Identify a Gund Fellow who can serve as your primary advisor.

2. Submit two required applications:

  • Apply via the Graduate College to your advisor's UVM college or school by the deadline (deadlines vary). Indicate in your statement of purpose that you are also applying for a Gund Institute PhD Research Assistantship (the formal name of our Fellowship program). 
  • Submit the separate Gund PhD Fellowship application by deadline. Access the Gund application by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.

Applications must include a statement of interest with:

  • How your interests and experience align with the Gund Institute themes, especially any interactions among them.
  • 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.


Applications will be reviewed against four main criteria:

Students must be starting year 1 of a PhD program.

Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously studied at UVM and who already have a Master’s degree, but all qualified candidates will be considered.


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. 

Gund Student and Alumni Stories

Learn about Gund students and grads like Phoebe Spencer, who interned at the United Nations before joining the World Bank after graduation. 

Key Dates

  • Apply to Gund: Jan. 14, 2021
  • Start date: Fall 2021


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