Graduate Student Research Opportunities

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Many of our faculty offer research opportunities for graduate student research (MS, PhD); below are just a few specific opportunities. We encourage you to visit our Research page and contact individual faculty members for opportunities.


The ASU Astrobiology Team invites exceptional students to join us in the search for habitable environments and life beyond Earth. Our research program, centered on the theme "Follow the Elements", aims to develop strategies that will be used in future exploration of our Solar System and of planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy. This program integrates multiple disciplines, degree programs and academic units at ASU and offers opportunities for direct student involvement with NASA missions. Contact: Please visit the ASU Astrobiology Web site or send an email.


Two M.S./Ph.D. assistantships in hydrology/water resources are available starting in the Spring or Fall 2010. The assistantships can be either in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment or the School of Earth and Space Exploration. The two projects will focus on: (1) Ecohydrology of grassland-shrubland transitions to identify controls of hydrologic connectivity at multiple scales; and (2) Seasonality effects on the ecohydrology of the North American monsoon region at the catchment to regional scale. Each assistantship will require data collection, numerical modeling and data synthesis efforts in field sites in Arizona, New Mexico or Sonora, Mexico. Preference will be given to highly-motivated Ph.D. students with strong quantitative skills. For inquiries, contact Prof. Enrique R. Vivoni at

NASA Space Grant

The ASU/NASA Space Grant Program awards at least 1.5 graduate fellowships for an academic year or three fellowships for a semester (fall or spring) for a proposed public outreach or informal education project focused on promoting science literacy, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This can be accomplished through educational outreach, knowledge transfer, technology transfer, science for society, and/or the promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Successful candidates will identify an "educational outreach advisor" from the organization or institution (i.e., a school, museum, park/forest, or an existing educational program) they have proposed to work with. It is recommended but not a requirement that the project benefit those traditionally underrepresented. The formal or informal education proposal can be closely related with area of research, but research is not the primary focus of the fellowship. Since fellowships are very limited, projects are usually awarded for one semester. However, applications should include plans for how the project could be sustained past the time of the award. 

Graduate Fellowship applications are available each spring for the following academic year with a mid-April due date. Fellowships include a stipend of $9,100 per semester for a Master’s student or $9,600 for a PhD student, tuition (both in- and out-of-state), and health insurance. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and full-time students at ASU. For more information, please refer to You can also be notified when applications are available by signing up for email notification at