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 Assistantship: Examining and Informing Forest Adaptation Strategies

Project: 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 the development of forest adaptation strategies that confer resilience to climate change and associated invasive pest and disease impacts on northern hardwood and spruce-fir ecosystems in New England and New York. The student will join a team of collaborators from the University of Vermont, U.S. Forest Service Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, Forest Stewards Guild, and Conservation Science Partners in evaluating the outcomes and effectiveness of already implemented adaptation strategies to ameliorate/reduce the impacts of climate change and invasive pests and diseases on the Northern Forest. In addition, the student will assist with coproduction of site-tailored recommendations with resource managers and other partners on best adaptation practices for the anticipated impacts of climate change and invasive species. The position is available to begin Fall 2022 and includes two guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in forestry, 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, plant identification skills, a record of leadership, and interest and enthusiasm for science translation to manager audiences.
Demonstrating Interest: Interested applicants should indicate their interest at this link. Contact Dr. Anthony D’Amato ( for further details.


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.

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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 

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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