Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT)

The University of Idaho has been awarded a five-year grant by the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program.

"Adaptation to change in water resources: science to inform decision-making across disciplines, cultures and scales." 

The project will support 24 doctoral students who will work in interdisciplinary teams. Faculty participants include members from seven colleges and 12 departments/programs at the University of Idaho, and four institutions in Chile and Canada.

The doctoral traineeships will start June 1, 2016. Learn more about how to apply for summer 2016 admission.

Note: All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., its territories or possessions.

Fast Facts:

Who: We are recruiting Masters students with a background in the water sciences, environmental science, ecology, climate science, and related fields.

What: The goal of this project is to study impacts of climate change and population dynamics on physical, ecological, and socio-economic systems, and integrate these to formulate proactive adaptation scenarios for the Columbia River Basin.

Where: Trainees will work in the headwater basins of the Columbia River Basin of the Pacific Northwest US and Canada, and will participate in an immersion course in the Biobío River Basin in Chile.

Why: Climate change and human population dynamics now alter water resource systems throughout the world. Their combined effects are unlike any the human race has experienced in recent history. These two complex stressors are so interrelated, and their effects so wide-ranging, that we cannot address them in disciplinary isolation.

When: Traineeships will start June 1, 2016. 

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Prospective Students

Students with Master’s degrees (and exceptional students with a Bachelors) from the environmental sciences, water sciences, ecology and related fields are being recruited for the project. Learn more about the project.

The next cohort of trainees will start on June 1, 2016. Apply online for summer 2016 admission to the Water Resources Ph.D. degree program. 

Trainees must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., its territories or its possessions.