Dr. Matthew Sanderson is recruiting graduate students (M.A/M.S. or Ph.D.) for an interdisciplinary graduate training program at Kansas State University funded by a National Research Traineeship (NRT) Award from the National Science Foundation.

The program is designed to prepare future leaders in academia, government, industry, and/or policy settings to help shape more sustainable rural communities. Students will be based in the Sociology Graduate Program, or another social science-oriented department on campus, and work with an interdisciplinary team on cutting-edge research related to food-energy-water systems, coupled socio-ecological systems, socio-hydrologic systems, and rural resource management, governance, and resiliency.

Support: The program offers a stipend of $34,000 per year (1-year at the Master’s level, 2-years at the PhD level, contingent upon satisfactory performance), and full tuition (up to 18 credit hours per year).  Following this funding, students in the program will be competitive for university and college fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships to complete their studies. The NSF requires U.S. Citizenship, green card, or permanent residency to participate with NRT funding.  Applicants will be reviewed fall/winter 2019 and positions will be available starting fall 2020.

Required Qualifications:

  • B.A./B.S. and/or M.A./M.S. in Sociology, Social Science, Geography, Agricultural Sciences, Ecological Sciences, Natural Resource Management or related fields
  • Excellent communication skills in oral and written English
  • Clear interest and/or ability to work with an interdisciplinary team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using quantitative (e.g., survey/experimental design, multivariate statistics) and/or qualitative (e.g., interviews, focus groups, and analysis) methodologies

To Apply: Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Matthew Sanderson ([email protected]) in advance of the application. Please include the following information in your message: i) motivation for going to graduate school, ii) what you hope to accomplish while enrolled, iii) your research interests, iv) why you are interested in the NRT program and working with Dr. Sanderson, v) a writing sample, and vi) any other information you think is relevant.  Please attach your CV/resume.  If you meet the basic qualifications for the positions, you will be encouraged to apply for admission to the Kansas State University Graduate School.

Kansas State has long maintained a demonstrable commitment to diversity in people and ideas. Since 1863, as the nation’s first operational land-grant university, K-State has heralded “full educational privileges” with open enrollment to all students regardless of gender, race or creed. From the very beginning, our commitment to access, opportunity and success has remained unchanged.