The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP) invites applications for the SGSUP Nexus Research Fellowship (SNRF) award to exceptional young scholars. The mission of the highly competitive SNRF award is to recruit and support outstanding students for their pursuit of a PhD degree with research that centers upon existing strengths within SGSUP and is focused on solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges. The SNRF award aims to foster synergistic collaborations with SGSUP’s diverse faculty and supports a transdisciplinary vision that will ideally cultivate partnerships with industry, government, and/or NGOs.  Successful project proposals will address at least one pressing challenge at the intersection of SGSUP’s key research themes

SNRF award will include: a full tuition award and health insurance, a stipend of $25,000 in Year 1, a discretionary research expense allowance (for travel, data, consumables, etc.) of $1500 in Year 1, and honorary membership to the academic association of the student’s choice.

To Apply: Please submit a project proposal by December 15, including. 

  1. Project Summary: including Title and Executive Summary. (1 page maximum, single-spaced)
  2. Project Description: including methods, data, study site, anticipated outcomes, anticipated significance.  (3 pages maximum, single-spaced)
  3. Proposed Mentorship: Names and justification of 3 proposed SGSUP faculty mentors

Please submit all application materials by email in one PDF document to, with the following in the subject line: SNRF award. 

 Fellowship applicants must also complete an ASU graduate admissions application.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Novelty, viability, utility, and transdisciplinarity of the proposed PhD Project, including alignment with key research themes in SGSUP.
  • Demonstrated synergies with more than one SGSUP faculty member. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members prior to submitting proposals.
  • Potential added value with external partners.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • BS, BA, MS, or MA in Geography, Atmospheric or related Earth Sciences, Urban Planning or related fields. Demonstrated coursework or training in Geographical Sciences is required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

Credit hours
The SRNF Award is based on 9 credit hours of enrollment each semester of the first year.

Each fellow is personally responsible for individual taxes related to this award. Specific questions should be directed to a tax advisor or contact the ASU Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.

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