Application Process

How to Apply for IGERT Fellowships

1.   Eligible Ph.D. applicants (U.S. citizen or permanent resident) are encouraged to apply to Kansas State University’s National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program. An IGERT trainee will receive two years (and possibly a third year) of an annual stipend of $30,000 and an additional $10,500 annual allowance for tuition, insurance, as well as resources for specialized training, internships, research, and travel funds.

2.   Application process:

      a.  Apply to a Ph.D. program of one of the participating IGERT departments (2b below).  Please note that departmental application deadlines vary from January 15 to late February.

      b.  Contact an IGERT faculty member to discuss your research and program interests. Additional department information and application procedures are available from these IGERT-participating departments:

Agricultural Economics
Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Grain Science and Industry

      c.  Simultaneous with your departmental Ph.D. application, send a "complete" copy of your departmental application materials: undergraduate / graduate academic records, GRE scores, previous research and community service experience, etc. in a PDF file to the I-STAR program director at  

      d.  In addition, please send a one-page essay to the IGERT program director at this email address: Include the faculty member(s) you are interested in working with, and the director of graduate studies for the department to which you are applying. In your letter, outline your research and career goals and experiences, and indicate how they would be advanced by participation in the IGERT program.

3.  Admission as an IGERT trainee is determined
on a competitive basis by an interdisciplinary committee of participating faculty members.

4.  For additional information regarding student opportunities and the application process, please contact the IGERT principal investigator Dr. Mary Rezac, at