I-WATER Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for I-WATER Fellowship support?


Only United States citizens and permanent residents enrolled full time in a department or a Ph.D. granting program at CSU are eligible to receive I-WATER Fellowships. I-WATER Fellowship support is awarded both to incoming students new to CSU and students already at CSU that are continuing involvement with I-WATER or aspiring to become involved with I-WATER.

What is the duration of an I-WATER Fellowship?


I-WATER Fellowships are awarded for two years. One year of additional support is guaranteed by the Faculty Mentor sponsoring the I-WATER Fellow. Therefore, I-WATER Fellows commit to the program for at least three years.

How do I apply for an I-WATER Fellowship?


If you are not currently a student in a department or Ph.D. granting program at CSU, the first step is to be accepted into such a program. During the application process, you should simultaneously apply for an I-WATER Fellowship. If you are already a graduate student in a department or Ph.D. granting program at CSU, then the first step is to find two faculty sponsors for your application from different disciplines with interests inI-WATER research. You can find the application material for I-WATER Fellowship support here. Departments, units, and Ph.D. granting programs with connections to I-WATER are listed here. Faculty and scientists with connections to I-WATER are listed here.

What is the commitment of an I-WATER Fellow?


Students receiving I-WATER Fellowships commit to the I-WATER program for three years. The commitment by any student receiving any form of I-WATER support consists of (a) taking the relevant gateway and core courses, (b) attending relevant I-WATER seminars, research group meetings, workshops, and conferences, and (c) conducting I-WATER research as stipulated in the I-WATER Faculty Proposal submitted by your Faculty Mentor.

What is the commitment of the I-WATER Faculty Mentor of an I-WATER Fellow?


Faculty sponsors must contribute directly to all the activities of I-WATER such as organizing a conference, workshop, or seminar series, participating in research team activities, and in gateway and core courses, and organizing the annual I-WATER symposium. In addition to acting as major research advisors, I-WATER Faculty Mentors must commit to providing one year of support for their I-WATER Fellow.

Can a student get an I-WATER Fellowship for the entire time of their graduate studies?


No! I-WATER Fellowships are given for two years only. In addition, the Faculty Mentor sponsoring the I-WATER Fellow commits to providing at least one additional year of support for a total of three years.

Organizing Concept

The primary mission of I-WATER is to prepare Ph.D. students to work in an interdisciplinary team-based activity. Our research themes involve interacting teams of hydrologists, meteorologists, ecologists, and management experts. I-WATER features problem-focused research to bridge basic and applied science by combining fundamental research on scientific problems with application of scientific knowledge to actual resource issues.

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