The Global Change Center aims to support faculty and students who engage in interdisciplinary research and problem-solving to address today’s pressing societal and environmental challenges. Below is a comprehensive list of our funding opportunities with application deadlines in the spring 2024 semester. Funds will be utilized in the 2024-2025 fiscal year.  

Faculty Seed Grants

Each year, the GCC, with funding from the Fralin Life Sciences Institute and the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment, accepts proposals from GCC faculty to support collaborative research that will lead to proposals submitted to extramural funding sources. 

Graduate Funding Opportunities

Because environmental injustices must be solved in collaboration with the underserved communities most affected by global changes, we seek to attract the next generation of leaders from under-represented groups to Virginia Tech. With support from the Fralin Life Sciences Institute and the Virginia Tech Graduate School, we will award two Diversity Fellowships to outstanding applicants in the upcoming academic year.

Incoming first year PhD students are eligible to apply (beginning in the Fall 2024 semester).  Fellows will enroll in a degree-granting program as well as the Interfaces of Global Change Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program.

The Rural Environmental Health T32 predoctoral training program at Virginia Tech is a competitive program that provides PhD students with training in environmental health sciences, with a focus on applications in rural landscapes. REH trainees will receive assistantship and tuition support for their first two years of the program.

Trainees will complete rural environmental health specific training covering toxicology, epidemiology, exposure science, and community-based methods. The curriculum will also leverage the well-established Interfaces of Global Change Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program. Rural Environmental Health trainees must be enrolled in one of the six participating PhD programs in biomedical sciences and environmental engineering, be advised by an affiliated faculty mentor, and meet NIH T32 citizenship requirements. 

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.

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.

Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

The Global Change Scholars program is a collaboration between the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) and the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech. The Global Change Scholars program provides financial assistance to undergraduate students from the U.S. who demonstrate a commitment to academics, research, and community stewardship. Undergraduate Scholars conduct research with Global Change Center faculty.

This program offers awards ranging from $750.00 to $1,500.00 for eligible U.S. citizens with unmet financial need. The application to apply will go live in mid-Feb. with the deadline to apply being April 15th.