Prospective Students


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The University of Maine seeks outstanding applicants for a transdisciplinary Conservation Science and Practice, NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program that will prepare the next generation of conservation leaders. These scholars will integrate biophysical and social sciences in collaborative, engaged, and solutions-driven research, professional development, and coursework on resilient conservation of natural resources.  The involvement of faculty from multiple academic units at the University of Maine allows students to earn graduate degrees in Communication, Forest Resources, Wildlife Ecology, or Ecology and Environmental Sciences, while participating in our graduate specialization in Conservation Science. 

Transdisciplinary research and active learning experiences central to the program will address governance frameworks, biodiversity conservation, sustainable rural livelihoods and resource dependent economies, stewardship values, citizen science and participation, and spatial sciences. Our goal is to build a well-trained and experienced workforce to advance conservation solutions that will ultimately lead to enhanced resilience of socio-ecological systems in Maine and beyond.

This innovative program includes:

  • Participation in a new graduate specialization in Conservation Science.
  • Courses that provide theoretical and research foundations in socio-ecological resilience and science communication.
  • Internships with one of our federal, tribal, state, or NGO partners to master STEM professional skills.
  • Transdisciplinary research projects.
  • Mentoring by faculty from multiple academic departments.

Please use the form below to indicate your interest in our program and submit any additional materials.  This information will allow us to contact prospective students if graduate positions become available, and to make your information available to our faculty.

In addition to submitting your information to this link, please  contact potential NRT faculty members directly to inquire if they are accepting new students and/or have funding opportunities. You should try to match your own areas of interest with those of your potential faculty advisor. Visit our website for a listing of NRT faculty:

Please Click Here to Submit Preliminary Materials for Consideration for the Conservation Science and Practice NRT Program

Send additional inquiries to our Program Coordinator, Sabrina Morano (

This is not a formal application, but an opportunity for us to keep track of interested students, for formal applications instructions and complete program details, visit our website: 

Deadline to apply for NRT assistantships is Jan 15th, 2022.

This program is funded by the National Science Foundation award NRT – 1828466 to the University of Maine.
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