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Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

College of Natural Resources

phone: (208) 885-7952
fax: (208) 885-6564

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133

Graduate Assistantships

Foster Forestry Fellowship

The Consul General Foster Forestry Fellowship (herein Foster Forestry Fellowship), established in 1954, provides support for students from Latin America to complete studies in forestry at the University of Idaho. We are currently recruiting a graduate student at the MS or PhD level. A stipend (awarded at current rate; MS for 2 years, PhD for 3 years) and an out-of-state tuition waiver are provided. The Foster Fellow and major professor are encouraged to identify additional funding sources to cover in-state fees. This fellowship is available to both currently enrolled and potential students, however is conditional upon acceptance into an appropriate program at the University of Idaho and identification of a major professor in the College of Natural Resources.

Application process:

A letter, not exceeding three pages, explaining the desired outcome, either from a personal perspective or for the study objectives, of studying forestry at the University of Idaho. This can come from either a student (potential or current) or a faculty interested in recruiting a student. It is due to the Head of the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences by 23 January 2015. If for a potential student, they must have met all requirements for admission into the University of Idaho at the time of application.

Funding Cycle

  • 23 January 2015: Applications due by close of business
  • 31 January 2015: Award notification and selection
  • 1 August 2015: Funds available

Please address questions to Anthony S. Davis (

Ph.D. Assistantship - Tree Hydraulics - Johnson lab

The Johnson lab at the University of Idaho is looking for a highly-motivated Ph.D. student to work on an aspect (to be determined by Dr. Johnson and the student) of tree hydraulics. Potential projects include, but are not limited to, xylem embolism occurrence and repair, leaf hydraulic function, and whole-tree responses to drought. The position would start in August of 2015. The University of Idaho is located in Moscow, a small college town with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation and a thriving arts scene. Pullman, WA (Washington State University) is only 7 miles from Moscow and between the two schools there are many opportunities for collaboration. For more information email Dan Johnson or view his faculty profile.

Forest Bioenergy Research Assistantship in the Forest Operations Research Lab

A fully paid, three year doctoral Research Assistantship is available immediately (as soon as Spring, 2015) in the Forest Operations Research Lab at the University of Idaho, working on forest bioenergy. This research is part of the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR) project, a US $10 million dollar research grant funded by the US Dept. of Agriculture. International students and women are encouraged to apply. At least one degree in Forestry, Forest Operations , or Forest Engineering is preferred. The successful applicant will work closely with another MS student at the University of Idaho, and as part of a team of researchers from the University of Montana, USDA Forest Service, Colorado State University, and University of Wyoming. There are substantial opportunities to develop equipment and logistics studies on the UI Experimental Forest, at the UI Forest Operations Research Lab, and on field sites chosen for this project.

There is flexibility in developing research questions at this stage, but dissertation work must focus generally on forest operations aspects of harvesting beetle-killed timber resources to produce bioenergy in the Northern Rocky Mountain region of the western United States. This is an exciting place to study forest operations, with a mix of ground and cable systems in use and almost 2 billion board feet of timber harvested annually non-industrial private, industry, state, and federal timberlands. Additionally, the student will serve as Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate-level forest operations course for one semester during his or her degree.

Dr. Robert Keefe will serve as Graduate Advisor. Dr. Keefe is the Forestry Program Lead and manages the 10,000 acre University of Idaho Experimental Forest. During your graduate experience, you will have the opportunity to assist with harvest planning, helping to implement stand-level experiments with various faculty, prescribed burning, and other forest management activities.

Assistantship: A full out-of-state tuition waiver and graduate stipend is available.

To apply: Students interested in applying should contact Dr. Robert Keefe, Assistant Professor of Forest Operations, by email ( with questions as soon as possible. Please attach a copy of your CV. The names of three references and GRE scores are also required for application to the Graduate School at the University of Idaho.