Global Change Fellowships
GLOBAL CHANGE FELLOWSHIP | Global Change Center
With support from the Virginia Tech Graduate School, the Interfaces of Global Change IGEP awards four 9-month Ph.D. assistantships every academic year, intended to support students who have demonstrated commitment to and engagement within the IGC program, and who will benefit from the funding in a way that will enhance the interdisciplinary and global-change aspects of their research. To be eligible to apply for this assistantship, students should have been enrolled in the IGC IGEP for at least 12 months, have not previously received an IGC fellowship award, and be in good academic standing with the IGC Program, their mentor(s), home department, and the Virginia Tech Graduate School.
The 2023-24 application period is now closed. An updated RFP for the 2024-25 award cycle will be posted in Spring 2024.
The 2023-24 Global Change Fellowship application deadline will be 5 PM EST April 1, 2023.
Please direct any questions to Global Change Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for a Global Change Fellowship:
Applications will be evaluated by a committee of faculty using an admissions rubric that evaluates the student’s professional credentials, the student’s level of engagement in the IGC IGEP and progress in the curriculum, pertinence of the student’s research to global change, the interdisciplinary nature of the work, and the student’s plan for using the fellowship.
Please pay close attention to the application requirements described below. Incorrectly formatted or incomplete applications will not be considered by the admissions committee.
Application Review Criteria for Fellowship Awards:
- Applicant’s professional credentials
- Applicant’s level of engagement in the IGC IGEP, progress in the curriculum, and contributions to inclusion and diversity
- Pertinence of student’s research to global change
- The interdisciplinary nature of the work
- Applicant’s plan for using the fellowship
Applicants should submit the following materials in PDF format, addressed to the IGC Admissions Review Committee, to the IGC/GCC Program Coordinator (email@example.com) via email:
1. The one-page Cover Sheet
2. A CV that includes your graduate GPA
3. A letter of application, not to exceed 2 pages (12 point font), that is divided into 3 sections that address these topics:
- IGC IGEP Engagement: How has the IGC IGEP advanced your professional development to date, and how have you contributed to the program? How have you contributed to fostering an inclusive and diverse IGC IGEP community? Also briefly mention how far you have progressed in the IGC IGEP curriculum, to include progress on your capstone project.
- Research & Policy/Science Communication Statement: What kind of interdisciplinary research are you conducting and how does it relate to global change? How are you employing your IGC IGEP training related to the science-policy interface and/or science communication in your work?
- Plans for Fellowship Use: How will you use the fellowship to advance your professional development?
4. A letter of support from the applicant’s graduate mentor, not to exceed 1 page, that explains:
- The applicant’s progress towards their Ph.D. and notable accomplishments
- The applicant’s contributions to the IGC IGEP and/or other service-related activities
- How the applicant’s training will benefit from the fellowship
The faculty letter of support should be sent as a PDF file directly to the GCC Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The student’s application (Items 1-3 above) should be submitted as a single pdf file by e-mail to IGC/GCC Program Coordinator, email@example.com. Label files as LAST NAME_GlobalChangeFellowshipApplication2023.
FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS | Global Change Center
General ItemDr. Jonathan Doubek
Assistant Professor, Lake Superior State University School of Natural Resources & Environment and Center for Freshwater Research and Education | VT Alumni May 2018
General ItemDr. Tamara Fetters
Biological Sciences | VT Alumni August 2018
General ItemDr. Angie Estrada
Director, Summit Municipal Park | VT Alumni November 2019
General ItemDr. Maya Wilson
Landbird Program Manager at BirdsCaribbean | VT Alumni November 2019,
General ItemZach Martin
Ph.D. Candidate | Fish and Wildlife Conservation | Stream habitat management, landscape ecology, reproductive biology of fishes, watershed modeling, spatial modeling
General ItemDr. Daniel Medina
Post Doctoral Fellow, Amphibian Natural History Laboratory of the University of Campinas, Brazil | VT Alumni July 2018
General ItemDr. Cathy Jachowski
Assistant Professor, Clemson University, Forestry and Environmental Conservation | VT Alumni August 2016
General ItemDr. Gifty Anane-Taabeah
Professor, Department of Fisheries and Watershed Management at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana | VT Alumni September 2018
General ItemDr. Heather Govenor
Risk Assessor, EnSafe, Inc. | VT Alumni December 2017
General ItemDr. Derek Hennen
Slow the Spread Coordinator, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services | VT Alumni April 2020
General ItemDr. Ben Vernasco
Post Doctoral Fellow, US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station | VT Alumni August 2019
2015 RECIPIENT NOT PICTURED: Kaan Kerman
General ItemDr. Benjamin Ahlswede
Researcher Assistant Professor, Penn State University | VT Alumni April 2021
General ItemDr. Mary Lofton
Postdoctoral Researcher at VT |. VT Alumni June 2021
General ItemDr. David Millican
Biological Sciences | VT Alumni May 2023
2016 RECIPIENTS NOT PICTURED: Matthew Aberle & Julie Wiemerslage
General ItemDr. Felipe Carvalho
Postdoctoral Associate, Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech | VT Alumni December 2021
General ItemDr. Ryan McClure
Post Doctoral Fellow, Carnegie Institution for Science | VT Alumni August 2020
General ItemDr. Brandon Semel
Biologist, US Fish & Wildlife Service in Minnesota | VT Alumni February 2021
General ItemDr. Carl Wepking
Research Scientist & Grassland 2.0 Program Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison | VT Alumni August 2018
General ItemHye-jeong Seo
Ph.D. Candidate | Public and International Affairs | Environmental risk communication, environmental planning and policy, collaborative planning and decision-making, public participation, public dispute resolution
General ItemDr. Kerry Gendreau
Postdoctoral researcher at University of Heidelberg | VT Alumni May 2022
General ItemRebecca O’Brien
Ph.D. Student | Fish and Wildlife Conservation | Behavioral ecology, wildlife biology, science communication, landowner relations, sensory ecology
General ItemDr. Sam Lane
NSF PRFB Fellow at North Dakota State University | VT Alumni August 2022
General ItemMelissa Burt
Ph.D. Candidate | Biological Sciences | Species interactions, community ecology, climate change, habitat fragmentation, functional traits
General ItemDr. Lauren Wind
Data Scientist for Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. | VT Alumni December 2020
General ItemDr. Ernie Osburn
Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky | VT Alumni March 2021
General ItemDr. Nicole Ward
Postdoctoral Science-Policy Fellow, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources | VT Alumni April 2021