Current UMD Students

The Application period for the 2020 Cohort of UMD Global STEWARDS closed on September 30th, 2019.
Visit this page in July 2020 to apply to the 2021 cohort of UMD Global STEWARDS.

We invite current and accepted University of Maryland doctoral students to apply to the UMD Global STEWARDS graduate training fellowship, funded by the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) program. The fellowship will prepare a cadre of future leaders focused on innovations at the nexus of food, energy and water (FEW) systems.

Global STEWARDS visit  the town of Emmitsburg MD, a leader in sustainable innovations
UMD Global STEWARDS visit the town of Emmitsburg MD, a leader in sustainable innovations

UMD doctoral students from the life and public health sciences, earth system sciences, engineering and computational sciences, social behavioral sciences, natural resource management, energy and environmental policy, and other FEW-related doctoral programs are encouraged to apply. The UMD Global STEWARDS program will train doctoral students to work and communicate across FEW disciplines, from molecular to societal levels and from local to global scales, enabling transformative discoveries that can only be realized through transdisciplinary approaches. The program is meant to complement existing PhD programs at UMD that address critical FEW challenges.

Applicant Requirements: 

  • Minimum current GPA of 3.0 (Fellows must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify for stipends and travel awards)
  • Intention to conduct research at the FEW nexus (involving at least two nexus areas)
  • Approval from primary PhD advisor
  • A research statement
  • A current CV
  • Transcripts from UMD and your most recently completed program (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree)
  • Two letters of recommendation


The UMD Global STEWARDS program is dedicated to increasing the diversity of graduate students. We encourage applications from qualified individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Applications from minority and women candidates are strongly encouraged.

See our Program Overview and 2020 Application Info Sheet for more information.

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