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Frequently Asked Questions

I am a masters student. Am I eligible?

Yes! Any full-time Masters or PhD student interested in conducting research at the nexus of food, water, and energy systems is eligible to be a part of the program. Please see the admissions page for more info.

Am I required to do a Designated Emphasis (DE)?

There IS substantial overlap between the Development Engineering DE in the InFEWS program, and it is completely possible to do without adding any additional elements to your normative degree time. If you are applying to become a funded InFEWS Fellow, we strongly encourage you to enroll in the DE as preference will be given to DE students for funding.
However, if the DE does not work for you for any reason, you are not required to enroll in the DE to take advantage of the InFEWS program, and you will be eligible to take advantage of all the elements of InFEWS.

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

No! Any full-time Masters or PhD student is eligible to become an InFEWS Fellow. As a fellow, you are eligible to participate in all InFEWS events, internship opportunities, and unique co-mentorship opportunities in the program.
However, you DO need to be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident to be eligible for the funding opportunity. Select fellows will be considered to receive one year of cost-of-instruction support (tuition and fees) and a stipend ($34,000). Please see the admissions page for more info.

I have more questions! Whom do I ask?

Please reach out to Sophi Martin at

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DGE-1633740. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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