National Water Center Innovators Summer Institute

2020 Application is now closed.

Current and incoming graduate students and post-docs within three years of graduating with their PhD from United States universities are invited to apply to participate in an 8-week Summer Institute at the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama June 8 through July 24, 2020. Advisors are also welcome to attend.

The National Water Center Innovators Summer Institute is a unique program which brings together graduate students, academic researchers, and National Water Center staff to work on projects designed to improve water-related products and decision-supported services. The 2020 Summer Institute will build upon last year's project themes: 

  • coupled inland-coastal hydraulics
  • scaling hydrologic and hydraulic models from small basins to regional watersheds
  • utilizing hydroinformatics to address flood inundation


Applications are due January 13, 2020. Please submit:

  • Application Form. Submitted online through ProposalSpace - you must create a free account to start your application.
  • Statement of interest. A brief statement which explains why you would like to participate in the Summer Institute (SI) and how the SI will contribute to your graduate studies. Not to exceed one page.
  • CV. A one-to-two-page CV detailing your education and research.
  • Transcript. A recent copy of your transcript. Transcript may be unofficial (not sealed by registrar).
  • Letter of Endorsement from your faculty advisor. The letter should endorse the student's participation in the Summer Institute and explain why the student is qualified to participate in the SI and how the experience will benefit the student’s research. The letter should be signed by the student's advisor and uploaded as a pdf file. 



For more information about this opportunity, please contact Julianna White (julianna.m.white [at] at Lake Champlain Sea Grant.