Position Opening for Water Science and Policy Communications Graduate Student Research Fellowship

The Center for Water Policy is seeking a candidate for a two-year funded Water Science and Policy Communications Graduate Student Research Fellowship, while earning a master’s degree from the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

To be considered for the Fellowship, the student must be admitted to the master’s degree program. Click here for information on how to apply for the master’s degree program. Indicate interest in this Fellowship on your personal statement in the application. Fall semester admission deadline is January 15.

The Research Fellowship will begin in Fall 2022 and run through Spring 2024. The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, science, engineering or a related field and should be interested in conducting graduate research toward a thesis focused on water science and policy communications. The Research Fellowship represents a unique opportunity for a student who wants to explore the intersection between water science, policy, and communications.

The Research Fellow will be enrolled in the thesis track master’s degree at UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences and employed as a research assistant in the Center for Water Policy, conducting original research around the topics of water science, policy and communication. The specific topic of the student’s work will be determined by the student, in consultation with Center for Water Policy director Melissa Scanlan. Professor Scanlan will supervise the student work and serve as the student’s advisor. The work performed by the student will culminate in a thesis that will be defended before graduation. The student may have an opportunity to work with Dan Egan, Brico Fund Journalist in Residence and author of Death and Life of the Great Lakes and the 2021 interactive New York Times article on the climate crisis and the Great Lakes.

The Center for Water Policy is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research. Qualified women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

For questions about the Research Fellowship, please contact Marilyn at waterpolicy@uwm.edu.