We welcome your application to join the Resilience and Adaptation Program. As you go forward with the application process remember:
- RAP is open to UAF PhD students, UAF masters students, and visiting PhD students from other institutions.
- RAP is NOT a degree granting program. RAP works with existing degree programs to provide an interdisciplinary curriculum in which students participate.
- If you are applying to RAP as a new UAF student, you must also apply to a degree granting program for admissions. These application processes occur concurrently and the application materials you submit for your degree program will be forwarded to RAP as a part of your RAP application.
- Identifying your graduate advisor is an important part of the admissions process. Any UAF faculty person can serve as an advisor. We recommend reviewing the Participating Faculty pages of this website and departmental faculty pages to learn more about the work and interests of UAF faculty. If you need help identifying a graduate advisor, contact Todd Brinkman firstname.lastname@example.org, who coordinates the RAP admissions process.
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if you have questions about any part of the admissions process.
Steps for applying to RAP
There are three separate but essential steps required for a student to be considered for acceptance into RAP:
1. Apply to a UAF Graduate Program: Acceptance into RAP is considered on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed for acceptance into the program and funding support at the end of February. We encourage you to get your application in before that time.
a. In general, you should apply to the department in which your future advisor is housed. If you intend to pursue a PhD and your advisor's department does not offer a PhD, you should apply to the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.
2. Identify your future faculty advisor: This person will be your most effective advocate and colleague during the admission's process and during your entire graduate career. The department of your faculty advisor determines the department to which you should apply.
a. To find potential advisors look at the faculty web pages of individuals who have interests similar to your own in the departments that most closely correspond to your background and academic interests. Contact that faculty member with a copy of your CV and a letter stating your interest in working with them. You can also contact Todd Brinkman (email@example.com) and describe your background and potential thesis interests if you seek help or advice on selecting an advisor.
b. We encourage each student to correspond with several prospective graduate advisors prior to and during the admissions process. Any faculty member at UAF can serve as a RAP faculty advisor. See “Participating Faculty” for a list the current faculty members who have served as RAP advisors and or shown a willingness to act as future advisors.
c. Those applying to the Interdisciplinary PhD program must form their full committee and complete the graduate study plan as a part of the application process.
d. If possible, we encourage all applicants to visit UAF and meet with faculty and current students, sit in on classes, and discuss the program and thesis ideas. Please contact the RAP Office if you plan to visit UAF.
3. Apply for the Resilience and Adaptation Program: The RAP application form is downloadable from this website.Click here to download. The RAP application should be completed and sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org . The target date for submitting your application is March 31st. The RAP Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications in April, and successful applicants are notified in May for entrance the following September. Later applications may be considered.
IMPORTANT: STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED INTO RAP ONLY IF THEY HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BY A DEGREE PROGRAM OR DEPARTMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS . APPLICANTS SHOULD SUBMIT BOTH APPLICATIONS BEFORE ACCEPTANCE INTO THE DEGREE PROGRAM IS ANNOUNCED.