The InTERFEWS application deadline for the Fall 2020 cohort has now closed. The application period for the Fall 2021 cohort will open in October/November 2020. Please check back for more details!


The InTERFEWS Program is currently offered to Colorado State University PhD students who have been accepted into their department’s program. Priority will be given to those entering the 1st or 2nd semester of their PhD program, and those beyond their 3rd semester are not eligible. Both funded and unfunded positions will be offered. In order to receive a funded position including a paid stipend and tuition coverage, trainees must be US citizens. Funded InTERFEWS trainees will be supported for 2 years by the program, and for 1-2 years by their selected mentor. Funded trainees will receive $34,000 per year and tuition coverage. Unfunded trainees will not receive a stipend or tuition full coverage from the program; however, unfunded trainees will be eligible for a tuition premium, if needed. Additionally, unfunded trainees will receive other benefits offered to InTERFEWS trainees (e.g., ability to apply for travel and supply funds, access to office space, etc.), and will participate in the same curriculum and professional development activities as funded trainees. Trainee selection criteria will be based on research interests, fit with program, and scholastic record. A new cohort will be selected for Fall 2021. 

NOTE: If you have applied for a department’s PhD program, but do not yet know if you have been accepted, note this on the application along with any faculty you have been in contact with regarding research.

The application form requires submission of the following documents:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Statement of research interest alignment with InTERFEWS (1 page or less)
  • Description of how InTERFEWS will facilitate your career goals (750 character max)
  • Selection of up to three research topics of interest

InTERFEWS Trainee Application

PhD applicants interested in participating in transdisciplinary research on FEWS topics are highly encouraged to apply to become an InTEFEWS trainee.
  • Please specify whether you are a US Citizen or permanent resident of the US
  • Please indicate your race/ethnicity. You may check multiple answers if multiracial.
  • Please identify which CSU College you have applied to or are accepted into (e.g. "Warner College of Natural Resources").
  • Please specify exactly where you are in your graduate studies and specify whether you have been accepted to a PhD program. If you have gone straight from a bachelors to a PhD degree, please specify that and describe how far along you are in your graduate program, i.e. what milestones are completed and which are not.
  • Please indicate faculty member(s) you are interested to work with. You can list up to three faculty.
  • Please indicate which research project you are interested in (see "Research Projects" page for complete list). You can list up to three projects.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    In 1 page or less, please describe how your research interest(s) align with the InTERFEWS Program.
  • Please describe how InTERFEWS will facilitate your career goals. (750 character max)
  • Please upload your most recent academic transcripts.