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Gilbert F. White Environment and Society Fellowship

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP) invites applications for the Gilbert F. White Environment and Society Fellowship. This award is used to recruit and support outstanding students for their pursuit of a PhD degree with research interests consistent with human-environmental sciences (e.g., sustainability, land system science, and resilience-vulnerability, and remote sensing & GIS applied to these subfields). 

Gilbert F White

The Gilbert F. White Fellowship will include: a full tuition award, health insurance, and a stipend of $26,000.  While the award is for one year, it can be renewed during the degree program of the student. It is part of and supplement to the standard financial support packages offered to outstanding graduate candidates.

The duties of the Fellow are defined by B. L. Turner II, although the aim is provide as much flexible time for student projects and study as is possible.  While not limited to those listed, examples of the range of research typically support can be found on Turner’s web page by an examination of his students’ and his research. 

ASU is not currently accepting applications for this fellowship.

To Apply: Please submit an application by December 15, including: 

  1. Statement of research interests.
  2. List of publications and projects undertaken relevant to the research.
  3. List of skill sets (e.g., remote sensing, GIS, spatial statistics, foreign language).

Please submit all application materials by email in one PDF document to, with the following in the subject line: Gilbert F. White Fellowship. 

Fellowship applicants must also complete an ASU graduate admissions application.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Novelty, viability, utility, and transdisciplinarity of the proposed Ph.D. field of study including, but not limited to, alignment with key research themes in SGSUP
  • Preferably, demonstrated synergies with more than one SGSUP faculty member
  • Potential added value with external partners

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • BS, BA, MS, or MA in any field relevant to human-environmental sciences.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Remote sensing, GIS, or other quantitative methods preferred.

Credit hours
The Gilbert F. White Fellowship 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.

An "overaward" is when a student’s need based awards exceed his/her financial need, or the total of the awards exceeds the cost of attendance. If a student has been overawarded, federal regulations require ASU to adjust his/her awards which may result in a reduction in awards or a bill. Need based aid include grants, scholarships, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loans, and outside resources (i.e. faculty/staff tuition benefits, scholarships, stipends, etc.). Non-need based aid includes unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans and Private Education Loans. Questions regarding overawards should be directed to the ASU Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.