Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in Southwest China

University of Wisconsin-Madison NSF IGERT China Program

Application Process

Traineeship Application Process - we are no longer accepting traineeship applications

IGERT 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. Trainees will participate in IGERT seminars, workshops, and field research in China. Traineeships include annual tuition and stipend ($30,000/year) for up to 2 years and travel to China. Trainees are also eligible for Graduate Assistant Health Insurance. IGERT Trainees and Faculty are encouraged to find additional funding (teaching, assistantships, project assistantships, research funding) to complete the total costs for training.

Step 1. Review the Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in Southwest China website to determine if the theme of this 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 via e-mail to the IGERT Program Manager.

Step 3. Apply for graduate admission in the PhD program in the faculty memberís Department.

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

  • 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.
  • A letter from your prospective advisor supporting your application to the IGERT program.

Step 5. Request that the department you have applied to send the IGERT Program Manager a complete copy of your graduate school application.

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

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Associate Application Process

Grants of up to $4,000 each, including at least $1,500 for international travel and up to $2,500 for research, that will support the objectives of the grant are available for:

  • PhD students who have research tools they are using elsewhere and with a small grant could complete a comparative study of NW Yunnan and their primary area of focus.
  • MSc students who will conduct summer research important to the IGERT objectives.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a U.S. PhD or MS degree program. Preference will be given to UW-Madison students.

Our requirements of the IGERT Associates are:

  • Preparation of written research results of publishable quality.
  • For UW-Madison students, enrollment in two semesters of IGERT seminar.

Associates will also be invited to participate in on-going Chinese language training.

Candidates for an associateís grant should submit:

  • Official transcripts including GPA and GRE scores.
  • A statement outlining the importance of their research and presenting a research plan.  They should make reference to our three macro themes and the three issues outlined under each rubric (see  This statement should be three to five pages in length and include a detailed budget.
  • A letter of recommendation from their academic advisor.  The application can be accompanied by up to two additional letters of support.

For 2011, these documents should be submitted on or before January 23, 2011 for consideration for summer funding, and on or before August 28, 2011 for academic year funding.

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

For more information and submission of applications contact:

Dr. Teri Allendorf, 280 Russell Labs, 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, phone: 608/262-3946 fax: 608/263-2626

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NOTE: UW-Madison also is home to a second IGERT program focused on issues of vulnerability and sustainability of the global environment. For more information about the CHANGE (Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment) Graduate Training Program please visit