GCSC Fellowship Nominations

Prospective graduate students do not apply directly for the fellowship, rather, the potential faculty advisor makes the nomination. Students must apply and be admitted to the University through the departmental and Graduate School process. Each GCSC affiliate faculty member may nominate no more than one student.

We offer three levels of fellowship support, allowing us to leverage the available funding. We welcome requests for summer fellowships (one semester), academic year fellowships (two semesters), or full year fellowships (three semesters). Partial fellowship offers must be combined with other departmental/advisor support (i.e. RA or TA) to make a competitive offer.

Step 1: Nomination

Each nomination must include the following:

(a)  A letter from the nominating GCSC affiliate faculty member indicating:

  1. that this student will be working under their supervision
  2. why the student should be considered for a GCSC fellowship
  3. faculty advisor’s support of the student’s participation in the fellowship program (see requirements of fellows, above)
  4. available matching or supporting funds
  5. the department/advisor’s financial commitment for student support beyond the 1st year
  6. Specifically indicate whether the student is being nominated for a 1, 2, or 3-semester fellowship.

(b) The nominee’s complete graduate school application packet

(c)  A letter from the student describing their interest in interdisciplinary environment and sustainability related research and training. This letter should be solicited by the nominating faculty member.

(d)  A statement from the department’s chair of graduate studies indicating that the student has been (or will be, upon admission to the U) admitted into your department’s graduate program.

(e) The names and contact information of department personnel who should be consulted or informed regarding fellowship offers (i.e. graduate advisors, financial officers)

Step 2: Submitting nominations to the GCSC

To submit a nomination, compile the required nomination elements in a UBox folder and share the folder with: laurie.mecham@utah.edu and brenda.bowen@utah.edu by the nomination deadline.

Step 3: GCSC Graduate Fellowship offers

An interdisciplinary GCSC Fellowship Selection Committee will review all submitted nominations and will decide on fellowship offers to be made. As graduate application due dates in different academic programs at the U span from December to February, nominations will be reviewed starting in early February through mid-March. Priority will be given to nominees that include some level of matching support and to students from underrepresented groups. We will be in close contact with nominating faculty as decisions are made.

Step 4: Welcome the new GCSC Graduate Fellows!

Fellows are introduced to their cohort members and welcomed into our interdisciplinary community at the fall Retreat.