Current UMD Students – Apply Now!

The Application period for the 2021 Cohort of UMD Global STEWARDS is now OPEN!
Apply here: 
Application Deadline: September 30th, 2020
Applicant Notification Date: November 1st, 2020
View our UMD Global STEWARDS 2021 Info Sheet
Attend our final Zoom Info Session on Tuesday September 22nd at 11am. Register here:

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.

Application Requirements: 

  • Minimum current GPA of 3.0 (Fellows must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify for stipends and travel awards)
  • Approval from primary PhD advisor (UMD Global STEWARDS Advisor Acknowledgement Form required)
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A Research Statement (max. 2 pages, size 12 font, double spaced, 1-inch margins) describing your prior research experience, your research interests related to the FEW nexus, and why you want to be a UMD Global STEWARD.
  • A current UMD Transcript. An unofficial transcript from Testudo is acceptable.
  • A transcript from your most recently completed degree (ie: Masters or undergraduate 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 UMD Global STEWARDS 2021 Info Sheet for more information.


View the recording of our first Information Session on August 18th, 2020 here:

UMD Global STEWARDS Info session held on 08.18.20 available on YouTube


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