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Special Fellowhip Programs for Graduate Students

The Department participates in several multi-department programs that provide support for graduate students to perform research in collaboration with departments in other Johns Hopkins divisions or nearly institutes.  Further details on these programs are below.

Application to all programs is through the regular application procedure Interest in special programs should be included in statement of interests.

APL Graduate Fellowships

Fellowships are available for graduate students working with scientists at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL).  JHU/APL is a national laboratory with a 50-year history of innovative space science and engineering, and APL engineers and scientists have designed, built, and launched 64 spacecraft and more than 150 instruments. JHU/APL scientists use a wide range of remote sensing, in situ, and laboratory techniques to research planetary systems, and opportunities exist for graduate students to be immersed in research projects tied to current and planned NASA missions, instrument development, and basic NASA research and analyses. Further information can be found at


IGERT Water, Climate, and Health

This NSF-funded program provides training in understanding and assessing threats to water resources and health posed by climate change, and the development of innovative adaptive strategies that respond to these threats. The program includes place-based capstone courses (in the Chesapeake Bay, Peruvian Amazon, and Nile River basin), and is a collaboration among the Schools of Engineering, Arts & Sciences, Public Health, and Medicine at JHU and Howard University.  Further information can be found at

IGERT Modeling Complex Systems

This NSF-funded multidisciplinary training program focuses on of science-based coupling of multi-physics models at different scales, and the use of computational simulations to address critical processes, such as energy production, environmental protection, and infrastructural integrity.  The program includes faculty and students from several engineering departments, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Further information can be found at


This graduate program is part of Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research (GESTAR) --- a research collaboration between NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Universities Space Research Association (USRA), Morgan State University, JHU and other partners. Through this program, JHU PhD students can perform research at NASA GSFC, and will be co-advised by NASA staff and JHU faculty.  Students will spend a significant part of their research experience in residence at GSFC, and will have access to resources and facilities at GSFC.  Areas of research include, but are not limited to, atmospheric, climate, hydrological, and oceanic sciences.  Further information can be found at

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