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IGERT Fellowships

NSF IGERT program
The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) has been developed to meet the challenges of educating U.S. scientists, engineers, and educators with the interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills needed to become leaders and creative agents for change. The doctoral program is intended to catalyze a cultural change in graduate education, for students, faculty, and institutions, by establishing innovative new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. The program seeks to create new graduate programs that provide selected trainees the resources and environment needed for interdisciplinary scholarship.
The IGERT fellowship award includes a full-tuition scholarship, an annual stipend of $30,000, and a paid research opportunity with national or international partners. Due to NSF restrictions, funding for the Water Diplomacy IGERT fellowship is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

IGERT Fellowships
The Water Diplomacy program has concluded enrollment and is no longer accepting applications.

The Water Diplomacy program is able to offer highly motivated doctoral students an IGERT fellowship award, which provides funding for two years.

Please note: As a requirement in accepting NSF traineeship, trainees commit to remain actively involved beyond two-year IGERT funding period and complete their Ph.D. requirement in Water Diplomacy at Tufts University.

IGERT trainees are advised to consult early on in their studies with the graduate program director of their academic department to discuss departmental sources and levels of support available to them in the out years. Out-year funding may be in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or fellowships. Stipends for teaching assistantships and research assistantships are typically below the rate of the IGERT stipend, so the trainee should plan accordingly.
Stipends: A stipend of $30,000 per year per trainee is allocated. First year funding will be provided upon admission to the program; second year funding will be dependent on academic performance.

$2,000 per year per trainee is allocated for travel and for presenting results at interdisciplinary conferences. These conferences will be outside trainees' primary discipline and will expose them to interfacing disciplines related to their Ph.D. dissertation topic related to Water Diplomacy.

Research Experience Allowance: Trainees will participate in a research-oriented traineeship either with a domestic or international partner. We have budgeted $5,000 for a domestic internship allowance and $7,500 for the international internship allowance.

Student Publication Costs: $1,000 per IGERT trainee for publication costs, including page charges and abstract fees for national and international conferences are budgeted for IGERT students.

Students are responsible for following the proper procedures to obtain travel funds and reimbursements.
IGERT Associates
Students receiving stipends from the IGERT project are considered IGERT Fellows. Students who do not receive NSF IGERT stipends, but are participating in the Water Diplomacy Program's classes and activities including IGERT surveys and other trainee evaluation requirements are considered IGERT associates. Water Diplomacy courses and special events are open to all interested Tufts graduate students. All are welcome to participate.