ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY
A key strength of the Interfaces of Global Change IGEP is having a membership that is committed to maintaining a vibrant community that integrates across campus. Applicants to the IGC IGEP are expected to have a thorough understanding of the program before they apply. Hence, applications will only be accepted from actively enrolled Ph.D. students who have carefully examined the benefits and commitments of IGC membership. Applicants should actively assess whether the IGC IGEP will be beneficial for their career plans and whether they can meet the expectations of the program. Numerous opportunities, described below, are provided to help candidates assess their fit for the program. Applicants must be in good standing with one of our GCC faculty members or with another Virginia Tech faculty mentor conducting global-change related scholarship.
Prior to applying to the IGC IGEP, prospective students are required to attend (at a minimum):
1) An information session with IGC IGEP administrative leadership held early in the Fall semester each year,
2) A Q&A session with a group of faculty involved with the IGC IGEP,
3) A Q&A session with a group of IGC IGEP PhD fellows, and
4) A meeting with their mentor and appropriate prospective graduate committee members (e.g., GCC faculty affiliates) to discuss the suitability of the IGC IGEP for the students’ professional goals and plan of study.
Additional interactions, such as attending a public lecture sponsored by the Global Change Center or meeting with IGC IGEP participants outside of an applicant’s discipline, may also be available and such opportunities will be shared with prospective applicants at the information session on September 23, 2019. See below for more information on important dates.