Opportunities at MSU


Graduate Research Assistantships:


Ph.D. Assistantships/Fellowships - Ph.D. assistantships/fellowships are available for outstanding self-motivated students to conduct innovative and high-impact research and pursue doctoral degrees at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University. Research topics may include  sustainability science, coupled human and natural systems, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, human well-being, land change science, forest and landscape ecology, global change, systems integration,  wildlife ecology and conservation, systems modeling and simulation, and telecoupling. Application materials include:

  • letter of application
  • statement of professional goals
  • CV or resume
  • transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only)
  •  list of 3-4 references (names and contact information)
  • up to three representative publications if any.
  • Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible, or until the positions are filled.  Applications and questions about these opportunities can also be emailed to: 

Jianguo (Jack) Liu
Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

MSU Distinguished University Fellowshiprecognize academic achievement, research goals, demonstrated leadership potential, and contribution to a diverse educational community.

Office of the Provost Postdoctoral Fellowship Program  (Salary, research funds, and health coverage and benefits. U.S. citizens or permanent residents; Female and under-represented minority candidates are especially encouraged to contact Dr. Jack Liu at liuji@msu.edu or other faculty members at CSIS)

ESPP Doctoral Recruiting Fellowships (for students interested in MSU's specialization in the Environmental Science and Policy Program in addition to MSU's Ph.D. program; competitive stipend and health/tuition coverage. Students who are interested in integrating natural and social sciences are encouraged to contact Dr. Jack Liu at liuji@msu.edu or other faculty members at CSIS).

Canadian Studies Center Scholarship (for sophomores or juniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher to work and study in Canada).

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship  for Graduate Students

The MSU Department of Forestry graduate certificate in forest carbon science, policy and management. The forest carbon certificate program, the first of its kind in the United States, offers students the interdisciplinary tools and conceptual background to plan, implement, manage and evaluate forestry-based, climate-change mitigation projects. The certification will give students an edge in competing for employment in carbon mitigation projects of corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations.

MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement: Open to all MSU graduate and professional students, this no-cost program is a way to strengthen the graduate experience and earn a professional credential noted on the transcript. Past students have enjoyed the seminars on community engagement, learned practical skills in the mentored community engagement experience/project, and shared their story during the portfolio presentations.

The Annual Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt Conservation and Environmental Leadership Fellowship. 

Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited Graduate Fellowship.  This fellowship annually honors MSU students enrolled in graduate programs who are working on coldwater fisheries as part of their thesis or dissertation. 

Janice Lee Fenske Excellence in Fisheries Management Fellowship. Jan Fenske was the first female biologist for the Fisheries Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. During her 27 years of service, her love of the environment compelled her to work untiringly for the long-term protection and sustainable use of the State’s aquatic resources. The intent of this award is to honor Jan’s attitude, deep commitment to the resource, integrity, and memory by providing graduate students from the under-served community in the Department with additional financial and mentoring opportunities to assist them in developing successful careers in fisheries management. Applications are due in January each year.