The Interfaces of Global Change IGEP awards four 12-month Ph.D. fellowships every academic year, each covering tuition and stipend (~$40,000 total value).  To be eligible to apply for this fellowship, students should have been enrolled in the IGC IGEP for at least 12 months and be in good academic standing with their mentor(s), home department, and the Virginia Tech Graduate School.


The IGC IGEP fellowship application deadline is March 1st each year. 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, pertinence of the student’s research to global change, the interdisciplinary nature of the work, and the student’s plan for using the one-year fellowship.

Please pay close attention to the application requirements described below. Incorrectly formatted or incomplete applications will not be considered by the admissions committee.


Applicants should submit the following materials in PDF format, addressed to the IGC Admissions Review Committee, to Jessica Zielske, IGC Program Coordinator (jcoker@vt.edu):

  1. A CV that includes your undergraduate GPA, graduate GPA (if available), GRE and/or TOEFL score (optional), and contact information (Institution, email, and phone number) for three references.
  2. A 2-page application letter 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?
    • Research & Policy 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 science communication in your work?
    Plans for Fellowship Use:  How will you use the one year fellowship to advance your professional development?
  3. A brief letter of support (not exceeding one page), sent directly to the IGC Program Coordinator, from the PhD mentor(s) explaining:
    • The applicant’s progress towards her/his Ph.D. and notable professional accomplishments.
    • The applicant’s contributions to the IGC IGEP and/or other service-related activities.
    • How will the applicant’s training benefit from the one year fellowship?