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 Carolyn Goodwin Kueffner (cgoodwin@uvm.edu, 802-656-2511) to learn which faculty are taking new students. Most of our graduate students receive some form of funding.

 

PhD Assistantship in Forest Ecological Informatics and Modeling at the University of Vermont

Project: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking a PhD-level graduate student to participate in research applying multi-temporal and spatially extensive data sources to examine forest dynamics and ecosystem processes across multiple spatial scales in northern New England. The student will join a large team of collaborators from the Universities of Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire, Dartmouth College,  and U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station in applying time series data from remote sensing, long-term forest inventories, and sensor networks to quantify forest dynamics at broad spatial scales and under different future scenarios. The position is available for Summer/Fall 2020 and includes four guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).

Qualifications: M.S. (or equivalent experience) in ecology, forestry, statistics, bioinformatics, environmental engineering, or a closely related field.  Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers and managers on the larger project. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, ability to problem solve, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities, and a record of leadership. Although training will be provided, experience with large environmental datasets (e.g., in R or MATLAB) is desirable.

Application: Interested applicants should supply all application materials to the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) Program (PhD in Natural Resources) by February 1, 2020 – when applying to the Rubenstein School Graduate Program, please state your interest in this position in the "Statement of Purpose."

Contact: Dr. Anthony D’Amato (awdamato@uvm.edu; 802-656-8030)

 

PhD Assistantship Examining Forest Adaptation and Restoration Strategies

Project: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking a PhD-level graduate student to participate in research examining the effectiveness of restoration, adaptation, and transition management techniques at fostering forest health and productivity in the face of novel climate, insect, and disease threats. This research will assess silvicultural experiments codeveloped with stakeholder input with application to both urban and rural forest settings. The student will join a team of collaborators from the University of Vermont, U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, and Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center in developing management options to promote diverse and productive rural and urban forests despite the stress of climate change and other disturbance agents. The position is available for Summer/Fall 2020 and includes four guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).

Qualifications: M.S. in forest ecology, forestry, silviculture, biology or a closely related field. Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers and managers on the larger project. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities, and a record of leadership. 

Application: Interested applicants should supply all application materials to the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) Program (PhD in Natural Resources) by February 1, 2020. When applying to the Rubenstein School Graduate Program, please state your interest in this position in the "Statement of Purpose." 

Contact: Dr. Anthony D’Amato (awdamato@uvm.edu, 802-656-8030)

 

MS Assistantship in Forest Ecology, Mensuration and Management

Project and Position: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking a master’s-level graduate student to participate in a research project focused on integrating multiple forest inventory data sources to investigate patterns and trends in forests of northern New England and New York. The student will join a team of collaborators from the University of Vermont, the University of Maine, and the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative to work with forest inventory data from more than two dozen programs across the region to evaluate long-term changes in composition and structure, examine short- and long-term patterns in tree growth, forest productivity, carbon sequestration, and harvest potential. In addition, the student and project team will work with program managers from multiple state agencies and key stakeholders to co-develop research questions, define and refine outputs, and communicate results. The position is available beginning Spring semester 2020 and includes two years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver).
 
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in forestry, geography, biology, natural resources, environmental sciences or a closely related field.  Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers in the lab and on the larger project. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities, GIS and remote sensing training or experience, data analysis skills, and a record of leadership.

Application: Interested applicants should supply all application materials to the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) Program (MS in Natural Resources) by October 1, 2019. When applying to the Rubenstein School Graduate Program, please state your interest in this position in the "Statement of Purpose."

Contact:
Dr. Anthony D’Amato (awdamato@uvm.edu) or
Dr. Jennifer Pontius (japontiu@uvm.edu)

 

Gund Institute PhD Assistantships

The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont seeks outstanding PhD applicants for Fall 2019 interested in conducting interdisciplinary research on urgent global environmental issues. Students at the Gund get a deep understanding of complex global issues, hands-on training in interdisciplinary research and problem-solving with world-class scholars, and real-world experience collaborating with government and business.

Application: Deadline TBD

Learn more about Gund Research Assistantships >>

 

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 two 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. Trainees also share physical space for cohort-building and an annual retreat.

Support & Eligilbility: QuEST Trainees receive support one of two ways, either funding to support their travel, room, and board during the applied internship (up to $10,000) or by receiving a 1-year of stipend to be used in either year one or two of their graduate studies. To receive the stipend support, trainees must be U.S. citizens per federal regulations. In addition, during the 12-month period of receiving the QuEST stipend, the traineeship pays tuition, fees, and health insurance (i.e., nine tuition credits for fall and spring semesters, and up to five tuition credits during the summer). They will also receive up to $5,000 for travel to an applied internship during the summer of your third year (e.g., 10 – 12 weeks). Outside of QuEST support, trainees are supported by a participating faculty member from their academic unit's Ph.D. program through research and teaching assistantships. Trainees are also encouraged to apply for Gund Ph.D. Research Assistantships and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2020 

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Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Position: Teaching Assistantships

Responsibilities: The Rubenstein School also 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 GRE scores, undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation and requests from student advisors.

Application: Check box on submitted UVM electronic application