Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships (MSU)

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 5:00pm

Montana Institute on Ecosystems
Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships (MSU)
Deadline: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 5:00pm

Overview: The Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) at MSU, the Montana EPSCoR program, and the MSU Graduate School are pleased to offer two graduate fellowships in interdisciplinary environmental science.  The fellowships are intended for MSU students beginning the PhD program in Fall 2014, although we will consider requests for students in the second year of their doctoral program.

Two IoE Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellows will be awarded annual stipends at a level of $20,000 per year for two years, starting in the Fall Semester in AY 2014-15.  These fellowships also include four nine-credit semesters of in-state tuition waivers (2014-15, 2015-16) provided by the MSU Graduate School.

Departmental or other grant funds must be available to support the Fellow for at least two years after the two-year fellowship.  The Graduate School may provide additional tuition wavers for the final two years (four nine-credit semesters) to match post-fellowship support if there is evidence that the student is progressing towards completion of their degree.  A written commitment of post-fellowship stipend support from the Department Head should be included in the application.

Graduate fellows are expected to join interdisciplinary teams of IoE Faculty Fellows and Affiliates to undertake research relevant to the IoE.  Priority for these fellowships will go to students who will work on current Montana EPSCoR RII Track-1 science and outreach objectives.

IoE Graduate Fellows will have the following additional requirements:

  • Participate in an IoE science outreach project that is identified during the student’s first semester and implemented over the two years of the fellowship;
  • Attend each year the annual IoE Summit in Helena, MT;
  • Attend and support IoE seminar series talks and events;
  • Submit short annual reports to the IoE detailing research and academic progress;
  • Fulfill all NSF EPSCoR reporting requirements.

Please let us know by March 14 (email to if your group intends to nominate a student for this award.

Stipend funding each year will be available mid-August, dependent on continued grant funding.

Applications should be completed by the primary faculty advisor online and include the following:

  • March 14 email of intent to
  • Letter of application/support from the primary faculty advisor.
  • Letter of application/interest from the student.
  • Letter of ongoing support commitment from the department head.
  • Note: The student’s graduate application materials may be requested from the department.

Apply here:


FULL APPLICATIONS DUE:  Monday March 31, 2014 – 5:00pm MST

Contact: Questions should be directed to


MSU IoE Office

Montana State University
605 Leon Johnson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-2374
MSU Director: Bruce Maxwell

UM IoE Office

The Universityi of Montana

The University of Montana
Davidson Honors College
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-6058
UM Director: Maury Valett


Montana University System

Montana University System

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620