Graduate Fellowships in Urban Sustainability Available for Fall 2021 – Southeast Michigan

Wayne State University
Detroit, MI
Job Category
Fellowships & Scholarships
$34,000 stipend + tuition for 1 year
Last Date to Apply
Wayne State University is recruiting outstanding applicants for an interdisciplinary NSF-funded graduate training program in Urban Sustainability (T-RUST). Foundational support for graduate study will be provided with additional support likely available through other programs. Students will pursue a Ph.D. or Master’s in Anthropology, Biology, Civil Engineering, Communication, Economics, Education, Environmental Health Sciences, Geology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology, Physiology, Public Health, Sociology, or Urban Planning with a focus in Urban Sustainability. Competitive 1-year fellowships are available to support students committed to integrating perspectives from multiple disciplines to address emerging ecological, social, economic, and technological challenges in urban sustainability. We seek to build a diverse cohort of incoming fellows and strongly encourage applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields including American Indians/Alaska natives, African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders (such as natives of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa), persons with disabilities, veterans, and/or women. The program will provide innovative graduate-level training that integrates social and physical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Our vision is to train students to work with local communities, businesses, industries, scientists, and policy-makers to understand and address sustainability challenges faced in urban settings. Specific research themes include: • Urban Ecological Systems – The evaluation and maintenance of ecosystem services requires the integration of natural science, social science, and engineering-based environmental studies with community and education outreach research projects to sustain the urban ecological systems upon which human quality of life depends. • Urban Redevelopment and the Blue Economy – From land use and urban re-design, to global supply-chain and behavioral economics, and sociological and natural systems that make cities healthy and vital places, this research track unites social and physical sciences with engineering and design for spatially and socially integrated solutions. Studies of the “Blue Economy” are particularly relevant for cities with waterfronts that are reinventing themselves. • Sustainable Urban Water Infrastructure – Analysis of the natural, engineered, and societal systems that have formed the current water infrastructure of Detroit will provide trainees the foundation for understanding the complex inter-relationships and progressive solutions for sustainable urban infrastructure. Specialties within this track will include drinking water treatment and distribution, wastewater management, and the use of big data and sensor technologies in decision-making for improved infrastructure sustainability. Successful applicants will participate in an interdisciplinary training program that includes: • Cutting-edge research methods to address complex, multidisciplinary environmental problems. • Thesis/dissertation development with an interdisciplinary team and internationally-recognized faculty advisors. • Network and communication skill building through interaction with policymakers, practitioners, industry representatives, and the broader public. • Paid internships, professional development, community service opportunities, and leadership training. • Student exchange programs in Puerto Rico. • Attendance at local, regional, national, and international conferences, expenses paid. Wayne State University is a large, comprehensive, nationally-ranked research institution with state-of-the-art research facilities. The metropolitan Detroit area offers a rich cultural and educational environment, an excellent standard of living, and easy proximity to Michigan’s lakes, forests, and recreational sites. Acceptance into the T-RUST program is contingent upon successful admission in to a partnering graduate program at WSU. For more information and application instructions, please visit our website at or contact us at
Acceptance into the T-RUST program is contingent upon successful admission in to a partnering graduate program at WSU. Please see individual departmental requirements for admission as well as for their application deadlines. A list of partnering departments is available on the T-RUST website, though we welcome applicants from other fields as well.
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