About the GCSC First Year Fellowship

The Global Change and Sustainability Center provides fellowships to help recruit outstanding graduate students, to develop robust interdisciplinary environment and sustainability research, and to provide outstanding educational opportunities to graduate students from underrepresented groups. The one-year program supports graduate students during their first year of studies while they interact as an interdisciplinary cohort.

This opportunity is available to students in their first year of graduate study at the University of Utah who will be working with GCSC-affiliated faculty. To be considered for this opportunity, graduate school applicants who wish to be considered for this opportunity do not apply directly, but should signal their interest to their potential advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies in the department to which they are applying. Nominations for GCSC First Year Fellowships are submitted by affiliated faculty to the GCSC Fellowship Committee.

About the fellowship
  • Only new graduate students who are being recruited to work with GCSC-affiliated faculty are eligible for the fellowship. Potential fellows’ application and admission to the University follows the usual departmental / Graduate School recruiting process.
  • The GCSC does not take the place of the fellow’s academic department advisors.
  • Graduate fellows may qualify for the tuition benefit program. Tuition and health insurance are not included in the fellowship. Fellows should consult with their department advisors on these matters.
  • Fellows are encouraged to meet with University financial aid counselors to understand and plan for their particular situation.
requirements of fellows
  • All GCSC Fellows are expected to participate in GCSC events such as the fall retreat and annual Research Symposium.
  • All fellows are required to enroll in the GCSC seminar course (SUST 6800, Tuesdays, 4 pm, Fall and Spring semesters, 1 credit hour) in Fall and Spring their first year.
  • Fellows who are awarded 2-semester or 3-semester fellowships are required to participate in the GCSC interdisciplinary project-based course Global Changes and Society (SUST 6000) during Spring semester of their fellowship year. Fellows with a 1-semester award (typically summer support) are encouraged to participate in the course.
  • Fellows who receive funding from the Wilkes Center for Climate Science and Policy are expected to present a poster at the annual Wilkes Summit


See all GCSC Fellows here.