Combination of Postdoctoral Fellows

Become a Gund Postdoctoral Scholar. 

The Gund Institute seeks exceptional postdoctoral scholars to conduct research on major global environmental challenges.

We seek early-career scholars to connect interdisciplinary research to real-world issues in environment and sustainability. Gund Postdocs pursue rigorous, original research that spans traditional disciplines and advances Gund research themes.

These two-year positions have an annual salary of $49,000, plus benefits, and a $5,000 per year discretionary fund for research costs and travel. Postdocs also benefit from professional development opportunities, including communications and policy training.

Postdocs will be supervised by at least one Gund Fellow as their advisor or co-advisor. Co-advisors from different UVM departments are encouraged.

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Finding Advisors

  • If interested, contact potential advisors from among the Gund Fellows to discuss your ideas first. The best proposals are typically co-developed with potential advisors.
  • You will be asked to identify potential advisors on the application site, and the Institute will contact them after the first round of review.


  • We are committed to ensuring an inclusive environment where diverse voices and perspectives are active and welcome.
  • Candidates must have completed their PhD by the expected start date, and no earlier than 5 years before it.
  • Competitive candidates will have a strong record of success in their PhD program, a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary work, a keen interest in connecting research to policy and decisions, and high potential to become global leaders in sustainability.
  • Applications will be evaluated on scientific merit, academic excellence of applicant, potential for real-world impact, fit with Institute research themes, and feasibility.

Application Process

  • When application period opens, submit an online application, including letter of interest, CV, research proposal, and contact information for three references. (We will request letters of reference for finalists only.)
  • In your letter of interest, describe any initial conversations with potential advisors, and address how your background, research, and/or experience would contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment at the Gund Institute

    Research proposals should be a maximum of 4 pages (excluding abstract and references), and should include:
  • Abstract (max 250 words)
  • Introduction and problem statement
  • Objectives
  • Approach and methods
  • Expected outcomes
  • Significance: both scientific and to broader issues in sustainability
  • Relevance to Gund Institute research themes
  • Applicant qualifications and preparation to complete the project
  • Timeline of activities
  • References


  • Develop additional collaborations with Gund Fellows and Affiliates on transdisciplinary research.
  • Participate actively in Gund seminars, trainings, gatherings, and other events hosted or sponsored by the Institute.
  • Communicate Gund affiliation in websites, emails, publications, and social media.
  • Acknowledge Gund financial support in resulting publications.

Gund Postdoctoral Fellows

In addition to Gund-funded Postdoctoral Associates, any UVM postdoc working with a Gund Fellow or Affiliate can apply to become a Gund Postdoctoral Fellow and join our interdisciplinary community. To do so, follow the nomination process below:

  • Postdoctoral Fellows must be pursuing postdoctoral research with at least one Fellow or Affiliate at UVM.
  • To apply, the interested individual emails a CV and letter of interest to the Institute Research Coordinator. The letter should describe relevant research interests and indicate plans to engage with the Gund community.
  • The Research Coordinator makes recommendations to the Director who makes final appointment decisions.
  • Individuals supported by Gund Postdoctoral Awards are automatically appointed as Postdoctoral Fellows of the Institute.

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 150 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.

About the University of Vermont

The University of Vermont (UVM) is the only comprehensive university in the state and Vermont's land-grant institution. UVM enrolls 13,000 students, including 1,500 graduate students, and attracts more than $138 million in research awards annually.

The campus overlooks Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and Green mountains, and is surrounded by the small, historical city of Burlington, perennially voted one of America's best places to live.

UVM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged. Learn more about UVM

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Key Dates

  • Applications open: Nov. 2019
  • Start date: Aug. 2020