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 Masters and PhD students and visiting PhD students from other institutions.
  • RAP is NOT a degree granting program. RAP collaborates  with existing degree programs to foster research that considers concepts such as resilience,  adaptation, transformation or sustainability of human or natural systems.   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 member may 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, who coordinates the RAP admissions process.
  • Download the 2017-2018 RAP application here >>>

Feel free to contact the RAP Office at  if you have questions about any part of the admissions process.


Steps for applying to RAP

RAP Application Steps

There are three separate but essential steps to submitting a complete RAP application. 

1. 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.

  1. 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 may  also contact Todd Brinkman ( and describe your background and potential thesis interests if you need assistance or advice  selecting an advisor.
  2. 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 of the current faculty members who have served as RAP advisors and/ or shown a willingness to act as future advisors.
  3. 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. 
  4. If possible, we encourage all applicants to visit UAF and meet with faculty and current students, attend  classes, and discuss program and thesis ideas.   Please contact the RAP Office if you plan to visit UAF.  

2. Apply to a UAF Graduate Program:   RAP acceptance  is considered on a rolling basis.  Applications will be reviewed for acceptance and funding beginning April 1.  We encourage you to submit your application before that time.  Most students will  apply to the department in which their 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. 

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 to 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.   Late applications may be considered.

IMPORTANT:   RAP acceptance is contingent upon acceptance by a degree program or department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Applicants should submit both departmental and RAP applications before degree program acceptance is announced.

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