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About the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Current Graduate Scholarship Opportunities

  1. One van Eck Scholarship on forest responses to climate change. Candidates should have a GPA of at least 3.2 and a top-tier GRE score. In addition to stipend, an annual research budget ($10,000) will be available for research support. Applications must be received in December for fall 2016 admission.

In addition, Purdue has several competitive fellowships for graduate students through the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Ecological Sciences and Engineering (ESE) Program. Students in underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply all the above positions.

Current Post-Doc Opportunities

Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources seeks candidates for 1-2 postdoctoral positions in natural resources science or management. The department has a broad environmental scope with nationally ranked doctoral programs, emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches across a spectrum of research areas including ecology, genetics, forest biology, wildlife, fisheries and aquatic sciences, and human dimensions of natural resource management ( Departmental faculty members actively participate in interdisciplinary initiatives including the Center for the Environment, Purdue Water Community, Purdue Interdisciplinary Center for Ecological Sustainability, Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, and Purdue Climate Change Research Center.

Requirements for the position(s) include a Ph.D. in natural resources or related discipline, evidence of initiative, independence, and productivity, and a commitment to conservation of natural resources. The program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.

Positions will be 2-year appointments at a salary of $45,000, plus benefits and a discretionary fund of $5,000/year in addition to any research funds that are provided by mentors.

Application Process: Before applying, interested individuals should contact prospective postdoctoral mentors in the department to discuss project ideas. A list of faculty mentors is available at Mentoring may be sought from individual faculty or by faculty teams, whichever is more appropriate to successfully conduct the proposed work.

To apply to the Natural Resources Scholars program candidates must submit a) names of one or more faculty who have agreed to serve as mentors for the proposed project, b) a curriculum vitae, c) a proposal describing the work to be undertaken, d) two letters of reference, and e) a 1-page statement of support from the proposed mentor(s). Materials should be submitted as pdf files via email to with the subject line “Application: Postdoc Scholars in Natural Resources”. Letter writers should submit their recommendations directly using the email address above.

Applicants may propose projects that complement, extend, or synthesize existing efforts and interests of the faculty. The proposal should identify the issue to be addressed, summarize the current level of knowledge as it relates to the issue, describe the objective(s) of the proposed work, provide the study design and methods used to meet the objective(s), explain expected results and deliverables, and highlight their scientific and broader significance. The proposal is limited to a 300-word summary page and three (3) single-spaced pages, not including references, using one-inch margins and a minimum 11 point standard font.

Applications will be judged on overall quality including prior performance, support letters, and the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of the proposal.