Who is eligible to participate in the program?

Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be eligible for the National Science Foundation-funded traineeships. However, with the directorsí permission, non-U.S. graduate students in the participating departments may complete the Complex Scene Perception graduate training program as Associates, rather than as NSF-funded Trainees.

Is financial support available to program participants?

Students admitted to the participating departments are provided with a minimum of five years of support, which includes tuition and health insurance plus a stipend. Students selected as IGERT trainees will receive their support from the NSF-funded IGERT grant for at least one and no more than two of these years, with a corresponding stipend of $30,000 per year. Departmental stipends, which may be slightly lower than the NSF amount, will be provided in the other years. Support from the IGERT grant is contingent on satisfactory progress through the program as well as choosing to do dissertation research in the broadly defined area of perception.

What degree will I get?

In addition to receiving a Ph.D. from the home department, all students who complete the program requirements, whether as NSF Trainees or as Associates, will be awarded a certificate indicating that they have fulfilled the requirements of the Complex Scene Perception graduate training program.