Opportunities in China for grad students interested in conservation biology

Grad students and prospective grad students have until Jan. 15 to apply for traineeships in the UW-Madison NSF IGERT China Program, a research and training project aimed at understanding biodiversity conservation issues in the eastern Himalayas of southwest China.

The area has been designated a “Global Biodiversity Hotspot” reflecting rich biodiversity and endangered species that face great pressure from local populations seeking their livelihood on the land, external populations coming in pursuit of new economic opportunities, and the rapid rise of mass tourism.

For full program information, see the web site:\

To download an announcement of this opportunity, go to

Applications will be accepted from current graduate students, graduate students who are currently in the process of applying and those contemplating applying

Traineeship Application Process

Traineeships will train graduate students to address the complex, transdisciplinary challenges of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Trainees will participate in IGERT seminars, workshops, and field research in China.

IGERT Traineeships will cover annual tuition and stipend ($30,000) for up to two years and travel to China. IGERT Trainees and Faculty are encouraged to find additional funding (teaching assistantships, project assistantships, research funding) to complete the total costs for training. Trainees are also eligible for Graduate Assistant Health Insurance.

Step 1. Review the program overview to determine if the general theme of this IGERT program matches with your educational interests and goals. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be seeking a PhD degree.

Step 2. Contact one of the IGERT faculty (see Research team) or other UW faculty with interests pertinent to this IGERT. Send the faculty member a letter of interest. Send the same information to Dr Teri Allendorf, IGERT Program Manager (

Step 3 . Apply for graduate admission in the PhD program in the faculty member’s Department.

Step 4. If a faculty member agrees to sponsor your application for an IGERT traineeship, please submit the following:

  • A copy of your graduate school application,
  • Your resume,
  • A brief IGERT application letter that indicates why you want to participate in this IGERT program, your experience in working in multidisciplinary teams and how your research will relate to the IGERT project, and
  • A letter from your prospective advisor supporting your application to the IGERT program.

These documents must be submitted by January 15th, 2007.

UW-Madison is committed to diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.