Master’s Fellowship

The Economics Department at the University of Montana is currently offering a Master’s Fellowship for the UM BRIDGES National Research Training program on “Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems” ( The successful applicant will enter the MA Economics program in August 2020, and will also join a cohort of Masters and PhD students from other departments to work on interdisciplinary topics at the food-energy-water nexus; take corresponding coursework; and participate in training activities.


The first year of the two-year Economics MA program will be funded through a teaching or research assistantship with a stipend of $9K-$11K. Subject to satisfactory performance, the second year will be funded through a UM BRIDGES Fellowship of $34K. Tuition waivers will be provided in both years. Fellowships can only be awarded to US citizens. However, non-US citizens are eligible for Economics Department teaching assistantships and may participate in the UM BRIDGES program as trainees rather than fellows.


Research supported by this grant will be interdisciplinary, involving at least two elements of the food-energy-water nexus. Potential areas of research include: (1) interactions between water and agricultural production in the Brazilian Amazon; (2) drought management in the face of climate change uncertainty; (3) tribal and indigenous issues at the food-energy-water nexus; (4) implications for agriculture and water of energy transitions (e.g., between fossil fuels and renewables).


If you would like to be considered for the NRT Fellowship, please submit a full application to the University of Montana MA Economics program (instructions for this can be found at: In addition, send a CV with cover letter stating whether you are a US citizen, and describing why you would be a strong candidate for the UM BRIDGES program to Katrina Mullan at Review of applications will begin January 31st 2019 and continue until the position is filled.  The University of Montana is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.