How to Apply

The application period for the 2024 trainee cohort is now closed. If you have any inquiries regarding applying to the program for the next cycle, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Director Jan Boll at Please note that current WSU graduate students are welcome to apply to the Community Engagement in River and Watershed Systems Certificate program at any time – please see here for more information.

RWC students will be M.S. or Ph.D. graduate students with a strong interest in river systems and in gaining experience working with communities and agencies involved with water quality and aquatic systems issues. Eligibility requirements include those of the WSU Graduate School and the participating department or school, and an aptitude for training in interdisciplinarity, teamwork, leadership, and working in cross-cultural environments. In order to receive NSF funding through the RWC program, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents affiliated with U.S. universities, per National Science Foundation requirements. We are specifically interested in training members of Native American Tribes and underrepresented minorities.

The RWC program requests: (1) a completed application form, which includes questions about your interest in the program, (2) a letter of support from a former advisor or (if known) the advisor of your M.S. or Ph.D. program at WSU, and (3) a resume. Please find a link with details about the statement of interest questions that are asked on the online application form here.