How to Apply

THE A2C2 IGERT is no longer accepting applications.

A2C2 seeks highly qualified and motivated students who are interested in becoming experts in a core academic discipline, while simultaneously pushing beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries to create new and innovative ways to address the complex human dimensions, challenges, and opportunities associated with abrupt climate change.

A2C2 traineeships are highly competitive, with accepted students receiving an annual stipend of $30,000 per year in each of the first 2 years, plus tuition, fees, and health insurance coverage.  Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to receive IGERT support, and must be seeking a Ph.D. degree.

To apply:

  • Review this website to determine if the theme of the program matches your interests and goals.
  • Read the full call for applications (PDF).
  • Contact one of the A2C2 IGERT faculty or other UMaine faculty with interests in A2C2, discuss your interests with them, determine their willingness to serve as your advisor, and make a decision together on whether to apply.
  • Apply for UMaine graduate admission in the Ph.D. program in the supporting faculty member’s department/program.
  • Submit the following  materials (as PDFs) to the A2C2 IGERT program office (
  1. A2C2 IGERT Application Form
  2. CV/Resume
  3. A letter from you describing your interest in participating in this IGERT program, whether you have experience working in multidisciplinary teams, and how your research interests relate to the IGERT project (see Program and Research pages on this website).
  • Request a letter from your prospective advisor supporting your application to the IGERT program.  Your prospective advisor should indicate in her/his letter whether you will need support after 2 years and, if so, clearly identify potential sources for that support.  Ask your prospective advisor to send this letter directly to the A2C2 IGERT program office (

For full consideration for Fall 2015, submit all documents no later than February 1, 2015. Any questions about this program should be sent to the IGERT A2C2 Program Director, Dr. Jasmine Saros,