Application open for UMD Global STEWARDS NSF NRT Fellowship, 2022 Cohort

We are now accepting applications for the UMD Global STEWARDS (STEM Training at the Nexus of Energy, WAter Reuse, and FooD Systems) graduate training fellowship, funded by the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) program.

Applications are due by October 15th, 2021, and the cohort will begin in January 2022. Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted into a PhD program at the University of Maryland College Park.

Approximately 12 Global STEWARDS will be accepted to the 2022 cohort. We will have funding from NSF to offer one-year stipends ($34,000) to approximately 6 of the 12 accepted students, along with tuition support and health benefits. Funding decisions are based on the strength of accepted students’ application materials.

To be eligible for an NSF stipend, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. However, we encourage students to apply for the Global STEWARDS program even if they are not eligible to receive an NSF stipend because these individuals will still be able to participate in all NRT program elements. In addition, all 12 accepted Global STEWARDS Fellows, regardless of whether they receive the NSF stipend or not, will receive $1,500 to support conference travel, workshops and publications.

Please see the attached announcement and our website ( for additional information about the program. Application information and the link to the application website can be found here:

Finally, we encourage interested doctoral students to attend our upcoming UMD Global STEWARDS Zoom Information Session, Friday September 17th at 12pm. Please register for the Zoom session here:

If you have any additional questions, please email us at Please forward this email to any doctoral students who may be interested in this opportunity.

Thanks for your support!