Prospective students are strongly advised to identify a ESUR faculty advisor through contact with that person prior to application submission. Students will then apply to the participating graduate program, PSU Graduate Studies, and the ESUR IGERT Program.

The ESUR IGERT program in collaboration with Heritage University seeks to identify applicants from groups under-represented in science and engineering.

    Funding and Other Resources

    Successful applicants receive IGERT funding for 2 years based on a competitive awards process. Funding includes a $30,000 annual stipend, fully paid tuition and fees, health insurance and up to $10,500 in research funding to support dissertation research. ESUR IGERT trainees will have dedicated office and common space to facilitate effective interdisciplinary education and research, and travel support to present professional papers. IGERT trainees who wish to conduct research in foreign countries will be assisted in securing funding to cover international travel expenses.


    Applicants for the ESUR IGERT traineeship must be US citizens or permanent residents; must be seeking a PhD degree in a participating PSU department, school, or program; and must have the support of an ESUR faculty advisor. Preference is given to incoming PhD students. However, students currently in their first year of a PhD program at PSU may apply. Other PSU PhD students may participate in the program without ESUR IGERT traineeship support. Please indicate your intentions and eligibility on the application form. Deadline: Applications are due January 15 for the following academic year. Late applications may be considered on a space available basis.

    • Step 1. Review this ESUR IGERT website to determine if the program theme matches your educational interests and goals.

      This program requires interdisciplinary study and research. A student must be committed to interdisciplinary research and projects.

    • Step 2. Contact one of the ESUR IGERT core or associated faculty with interests aligned with your research goals. Send the faculty member a letter of interest and cc:

      Correspond with faculty who share research interests similar to yours and who might serve as a graduate advisor. See the list of ESUR FACULTY.

    • Step 3. Apply for graduate admission to PSU in the supporting faculty member’s department.

      All applicants to ESUR must also apply for graduate admission to the participating academic department in which their ESUR IGERT faculty advisor is housed.

    • Step 4. Once an IGERT core or associated faculty member agrees to sponsor your application for an IGERT fellowshop, please submit an electronic application form

    • On the electronic application form you will be directed to submit the following:

    1. a brief statement (1000 word maximum) explaining why you want to participate in ESUR program, qualifications for interdisciplinary study, including relevant work experience, your research interests and how your research will relate to the ESUR IGERT;

    2. resume or curriculum vitae (CV);

    3. a letter from your prospective IGERT core or associated faculty advisor supporting your application to the ESUR program. This should come directly from the faculty member in electronic form;

    4. any publications or other documents that reflect your commitment to interdisciplinary education and research on ecosystem services related to urbanizing regions.

      PSU is committed to diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

    Application Review

    Submissions will be reviewed beginning January 15, for enrollment the following September. Traineeships will be awarded to the most highly qualified individuals with career aspirations consistent with ESUR thematic areas, as selected by the ESUR Core Faculty Team. Offers will be contingent upon acceptance in a home department, school or program and a faculty sponsor.

    NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications. The final cohort was admitted in Fall 2015.