This is an evolving, partial list of assistantships and fellowships and will be updated as faculty know about assistantships from new grants. Please either check back at this site or contact the Graduate Program coordinator ( to learn which faculty are taking new students. Most of our graduate students receive some form of funding.

MS Opportunity in Angler Contaminant Exposure Risk

Project: The Rubenstein School at the University of Vermont is seeking applicants for a funded MS position to work on a community based participatory research project to examine the relative risk of contaminant (Hg, PCBs, PFAS) exposure among recreational and subsistence angling groups in the Lake Champlain basin.

Qualifications and Desired Qualities: Interested candidates should have skills in GIS/spatial analysis and an interest in environmental justice, human subjects research, community engagement, and environmental contaminants. Candidates who have previous experience with community engagement will be especially competitive. This position will start in June 2022 and includes 24 months of funding and tuition support from a combination of graduate and teaching assistantships. We are committed to an inclusive environment where diverse voices and perspectives are active and welcome. We encourage applicants who bring diverse perspectives to our community.

Application: The student will be co-advised by Drs. Ariana Chiapella and Bindu Panikkar. Applicants should send their CV/resume and a letter of interest to by January 3, 2022. Applications to the Rubenstein School graduate program through the UVM Graduate College are due February 1, 2022. The GRE is not required.


Gund Institute PhD Fellowships

The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont 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.

Learn more about Gund Research Fellowships >>


Quantitative and Evolutionary/Ecological STEM Training (QuEST) Program for Doctoral Students

Program Overview: QuEST is a training program, supported by the National Science Foundation that integrates with existing PhD programs across the UVM campus in biology, plant biology, plant and soil sciences, mathematics, computer science, engineering, natural resources, and cellular, molecular and biomedical sciences. The traineeship provides core courses, a variety of quantitative electives, an applied internship with a non-academic organization, and extensive professional development training in computation, communication, and cultural awareness and inclusion. 

Contact: April Berteau,, 802-656-2251 

Learn more about Quest >>


Rubenstein School Teaching Assistantships

Responsibilities: The Rubenstein School has many teaching assistantships available each academic year starting in September. Graduate teaching assistants lead field and indoor laboratories, facilitate discussion sessions among small groups of undergraduates, assist with evaluation and grading, and run workshops and help sessions. Typical assignments are for ten hours a week.

Qualifications: Teaching Assistantship assignments are competitive and based on undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, and requests from student advisors.

Application: Check box on submitted UVM electronic application