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Doctoral Fellowship, Transdisciplinary Tectonics, Utah State University

The Department of Geology at USU seeks outstanding PhD applicants for a Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship pursuing research in tectonics, starting fall 2018. This selective fellowship provides four years of support in the form of a competitive stipend, tuition, and health benefits. Two research themes in tectonics within the department are:

1. What controls fault zone and plate boundary behavior through time? Critical to understanding these processes are constraints on earthquake process, timing, and physics, characterization of Earth material properties and petrology, the role of fluids in fault slip, and the rheological evolution of the lithosphere.

2. What are the interactions among tectonics, surface processes, and landscape evolution? Research in tectonic geomorphology and geodynamics involves deep-Earth and near-surface/critical zone processes, drainage analysis, and natural hazards.

The Department of Geology at USU is field oriented, has a dynamic graduate program, and is located in northern Utah surrounded by excellent outdoor opportunities.

Visit for more information about our program and possible faculty mentors, and contact for questions. Applications are due January 8, 2018 at