Prospective students

*We accept graduate students who have completed at least one year of graduate studies. We encourage Hispanics, African Americans, American Indians/Alaska natives, as well as women (in computer science, statistics, and mathematics), students from low-income families, rurally isolated students, first-generation college students, veterans, and single parents to apply. Please illustrate how you meet this criteria if applicable.



  1. Letter of interest from student (please see guidelines below).
  2. Letter of support from student’s major advisor.
  3. Unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts.
  4. Indication of US citizenship or permanent residency, if applying for a NRT fellowship.
  5. Student ID number and e-mail address.

Description of the program

The goal of the program is to train students to develop a deep understanding of marine issues from multiple perspectives, including natural and social sciences, management, and policy implications.

As such, the program:

  1. Focuses on marine systems and issues by integrating the natural and social sciences with analytical methods.
  2. Focuses on risk and uncertainty through involving discovery, analysis, and engagement.
  3. Approaches issues from a top down (policy-driven) and bottom up (natural science) perspective.

Letter of Interest should include:

  1. Statement of your academic, research, and personal experience and interests as they relate to the NRT program. See also the “Research” and “Training” pages on the NRT website.
  2. Students will work on transdisciplinary teams over time. State your commitment to engaging in collaborative activities (e.g. use others work in your work, participate in a peer colloquium, craft a collaboration chapter/publication, participate in a longitudinal evaluation, design a viable completion plan) with your peers.
  3. Description of how your participation in the NRT program (as described above) will help you achieve your academic and professional goals.
  4. Please identify which existing project or new (see # 2 of advisor letter) project you wish to work on and how you intend to contribute to it.
  5. Description of your funding plan for completing your degree. If requesting to be considered for a one-year NRT fellowship, state so in the letter. Limited number of one-year NRT fellowships are available for US Citizens and permanent residents, and will be assigned based on financial needs and academic accomplishments. Fellowships include stipend, tuition and benefits.

Letter of support from advisor should include:

  1. Description of how the student can succeed in the NRT program from the three dimensions listed above, specifically addressing potential to develop both strong quantitative skills and deep understanding of the natural and social sciences, management, and policy approaches. See also the “Research” and “Training” pages on the NRT website.
  2. Please illustrate how student fits in either an existing research project or a new one that they you are developing. If developing a new one, please propose a 1.5 page “new research project” no later than Feb. 28th, 2017 and mirror the existing ones in terms of criteria, paying particular attention to the types of students you will need for the cluster. Please send to
  3. Examples of how the student will succeed in collaborative, cross-disciplinary team settings.
  4. Evidence of a viable plan for funding for the student for his/her entire degree program.
  5. Describe your plans for working with the student and other NRT faculty in the training aspects of the program. Specifically, address how you will:
  • follow students progress to finalization of degree,
  • participate in NRT activities when requested,
  • engage with other NRT faculty collaborating with your student.

NOTE: All students will be asked to formally agree to participate in evaluating activities over the course of the program, including the preparation of a student individual development plan (IDP).

Send all materials by April 14th, 2017 to 


Katherine Hoffman
104 Burt Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331

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