Financial Support

  • One year fellowships to cover tuition and fees
  • Competitive annual stipend 
  • Travel support to conferences and professional events

Who Should Apply?

  • Qualified students seeking a PhD degree in an interdisciplinary program in one of the four participating fields: Civil Environmental Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Human Nutrition, Biochemistry. Visit the Virginia Tech Graduate School website for specific admissions requirements.
  • Certificate applicants must have a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent of a US four-year degree from a regionally accredited institution, and must have been accepted (or are currently enrolled) in a degree-granting graduate program at Virginia Tech.
  • If you are a current graduate student of Virginia Tech, you can apply for the Interdisciplinary Water and Health Sciences Graduate Certificate during your graduate study with approval of your program adviser.  

How to Apply

  • Apply for admission as a graduate student at Virginia Tech by visiting the Admission Page where you will find instructions for applying online or via mail-in forms.
  • To apply for admission of Water IGEP program, please submit the following required documents to Dr. Aili Wang (program manager of Water IGEP) at
    • Letter of interest which should include the following: your interest in Water IGEP, how your qualifications and interests match those of the Water IGEP, and how our program will help you achieve your career goals. 
    • Application form for certificate (application form).
    • Letter of approval from thesis/dissertation advisor.
    • Letter of agreement from Water IGEP faculty mentor (this mentor must be different from applicant’s home department and who are agree to guide applicant for 5974 Independent Study).