Application Deadline is Friday, January 14, 2022, by 5pm.


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 (those beyond their 3rd semester are not eligible in order to ensure they can complete the InTERFEWS requirements without prolonging graduation in their PhD program). 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 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 2022, with applications due by Friday, January 14, 2022, by 5pm.

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:

  • All post-secondary academic transcripts (e.g., undergraduate and any graduate transcripts)
  • Resume/CV
  • Letters of Recommendation for PhD Program
  • 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 or specific projects of interest
    • Note: Incoming trainees do not necessarily need to join one of the projects listed on the Research Projects page upon entrance into the InTERFEWS program. Trainees may choose to develop their own FEW-related research project for their dissertation, create their own smaller project within one of the larger projects, etc. If applicants do not wish to join any of the listed projects, state the general FEW topic areas you are interested in, as well as if you have formed an idea for your dissertation research already.

InTERFEWS Trainee Application

PhD applicants interested in participating in transdisciplinary research on FEWS topics are highly encouraged to apply to become an InTEFEWS trainee.
  • Specify whether you are a US Citizen or permanent resident of the US.
  • You may check multiple answers if multiracial.
  • Identify which CSU College you have applied to/have been accepted into (e.g. "Warner College of Natural Resources").
  • Identify which CSU Department you have applied for/have been accepted into.
  • Specify whether you have been accepted into a PhD program and exactly where you are in your graduate studies at this time. If you have gone straight from a bachelors to a PhD, please specify that and describe how far along you are in your graduate program (e.g., what milestones are completed and which are not).
  • Indicate faculty member(s) you are interested in working with. You can list up to three faculty, and note whether you have been in contact with these faculty members yet. Specifically state if your PhD advisor is already confirmed.
  • Please indicate which topic area(s) or projects you are interested in (see "Research Projects" page for a complete list). You can list up to three topic areas/projects. Your selection of specific projects does not necessarily mean you will work on those projects.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    In one page or less, describe how your research interest(s) align with the InTERFEWS Program. (2MB file size max)
  • Describe how InTERFEWS will facilitate your career goals. (750 character max)
  • Please upload an updated resume or CV. (2MB file size max)
  • Drop files here or
    Please upload all post-secondary academic transcripts (e.g., undergraduate and any graduate transcripts). (2MB file size max)
  • Drop files here or
    Please upload all letters of recommendation submitted with your application for your PhD program at CSU. (2MB file size max)