CNR Graduate Student Fellowships
The College of Natural Resources offers a series of resources to help graduate students succeed in their program of study.
The purpose of the Forest Biometrics Research Institute (FBRI) Doctoral Fellowship is to facilitate the education of forestry professionals toward an advanced understanding and application of forest biometric principals and methods. Fellows are expected to become proficient in nonparametric statistical methods as related to forestry and forest management technologies. FBRI supports and provides the Forest Projection & Planning System (FPS), which is the industry standard for managing forest ownerships. In addition to providing financial assistance, FBRI is offering access to a large database of field research installations and felled-tree measurements encompassing six western States and over two dozen tree species.
The FBRI Fellowship is a three-year commitment to the selected student. The student is expected to complete all coursework and a dissertation leading to a PhD in the three-year time frame. The candidate must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from an SAF-accredited forestry program and be operationally familiar with the silviculture and tree species of the western United States. The selected FBRI Fellow will join a larger cohort of Masters and Doctoral graduate students pursing advanced knowledge in the fields of Forest Biometrics and Silviculture. FBRI Students will be located in graduate student space within the College of Natural Resources. The FBRI Fellow’s doctoral committee will include one Ph.D. FBRI Biometrician.
FBRI Fellowship Funds Available: $20,800 research assistant stipend and coverage of resident fees* and student medical insurance for 3 years. The College of Natural Resources will provide each FBRI Fellow with $3,000 per year to cover research costs such as computer, field equipment, and travel.
* A full-time RA includes a waiver of non-resident fees.
Options and resources also exist for MS FBRI Fellows and for externally funded students to join in on the FBRI program. To learn more, please visit the program site.
Please apply to the University of Idaho’s College of Graduate Studies (COGS) via the standard application process: Apply Now
Within your letter of application, please specifically highlight why you are interesting becoming a FBRI Fellow. Also on the CNR Area of Emphasis Form please write “FBRI Fellowship” where it asks you to highlight a CNR Faculty member you have been corresponding with.
Applications Due/Start Date: The FBRI Fellowship ideally begins with the start of the Fall Semester. The student is expected to select a dissertation research topic within the scope of the FBRI field of applied technologies (nonparametric methods, quantitative aspects of tree site capacity, tree form, or tree growth dynamics.
Each semester, the CNR expects to award up to four (4) Ph.D. Finishing Fellowships to support exceptional doctoral candidates (post-preliminary exams) within 1-2 semesters of completing their degree. The CNR Ph.D. Finishing Fellowship will provide full support (stipend + tuition / fees for 1 credit + medical benefits) for one semester (spring, fall) or summer. Students can elect to have this fellowship paid over 1 or 2 semesters if used on conjunction with other sources of funds (such as an RA or TA). A Finishing Fellowship can only be held once.
- Current Ph.D. students that have a CNR-based major professor
- Must have passed preliminary examinations
- The major professor must expect the student to complete their degree during the semester(s) they are supported by the Finishing Fellowship
Each semester, the CNR expects to award up to two (2) M.S. to Ph.D. Bridge Fellowships to support exceptional students initially enrolled in a M.S. degree within CNR that wish to advance to a Ph.D. degree within CNR but do not have financial support. The CNR M.S. to Ph.D. Bridge Fellowships will provide full support (stipend + full-time tuition / fees + medical benefits + summer credit if applicable) for one semester. Students can only receive a M.S. to Ph.D. Bridge Fellowship a maximum of two (2) times.
- Current University of Idaho student enrolled in CNR MS transitioning to a Ph.D. that have a CNR-based major professor, or a first semester Ph.D. student in CNR that was previously enrolled in a UI M.S. degree in CNR that have a CNR-based major professor
- M.S. GPA of 3.75 or above
- Must have submitted a competitive proposal for graduate funding (NSF, EPA STAR, JFSP GRIN, NASA, etc.,)
Each semester, the CNR expects to award several Graduate Travel ($500-$1,000) and Research Supplemental Grants ($500-$2,500). These grants are intended to support CNR graduate students to attend professional conferences, support fieldwork, journal page charges or sample analyses. Master students can only receive the award once, while doctorate students can only receive these awards a maximum of two times. In addition, research supplemental grants may also be awarded to students that have received competitive funding scholarships and fellowships to help defray in-state tuition when it is not covered by prestigious awards.
- Current M.S. or Ph.D. students within the CNR (FWS, FRFS, NRS, or ENVS with CNR-based major professor)
- GPA of 3.75 or above
- For Graduate Travel Grants, students must either present their research at a professional meeting or seek to conduct fieldwork in direct support of their graduate research
- For Research Supplemental Grants to be used to defray in-state tuition, the student must have received and include the award letter from the awarding agency. Preference will be given to students that have received funds from agencies that do not provide (or permit) funding to cover in-state fees
Students should note that these are merit-based fellowships. The CNR Graduate Council Committee reserves the right to not award all available funding in any one cycle. As well, success will depend on the strength of the qualified applicant pool in any cycle. In line with the University of Idaho’s Strategic Plan, funding support will preferentially support Ph.D. students.
The College of Natural Resources also awards a series of fellowships via foundations or from faculty based research awards. Each of these has different criteria and application instructions:
This fellowship was established by the family of former CNR Dean John Ehrenreich and will be awarded annually to a student pursuing a graduate degree in the College of Natural Resources.
Funds Available: $10,000 available starting January 2017. Possible renewal for up to 2 years. Funds can be used for salary, travel, or research purposes. Students may receive this funding in conjunction with other funding sources, to the extent allowed by UI and external funding policies.
Application Materials: 1) Letter of nomination from faculty indicating how the funds will be used, the degree of financial need and why the student is exceptionally qualified, 2) current CV from student, 3) current UI GPA and GPA from prior degrees, 4) a letter of interest by the student, and 5) GRE scores.
Applications due: October 3 to Keri Moore firstname.lastname@example.org in the CNR Dean’s office. Please combine all documents into a single PDF file.