The VF Graduate Research Assistantship in Apparel and Footwear supports outstanding graduate students conducting research on emerging and advanced topics in apparel and footwear of interest to VF Corporation. As presented in their 2021 Strategic Plan, VF’s aspiration is to “create amazing products and brand experiences that transform and improve the lives of consumers worldwide.” Any admitted/enrolled student at the thesis-track master’s or Ph.D. level in a Wilson College of Textiles administered degree program can apply through a competitive application process, which is hereby announced and further described below.
This assistantship develops high-caliber researchers with skills and passion for careers in the textile industry, and encourages collaborative approaches to solving industry relevant challenges. The award provides:
- A 12-month graduate research assistantship appointment, dedicated to research within the approved project, with a first-year stipend of $20,000 for a Ph.D. level awardee or $18,000 for a master’s level awardee
- In addition, the award pays for tuition, fees and medical insurance, and provides funds of up to $4,500 per year for eligible expenses, such as research materials and services and research-related travel.
- Provided that program requirements are met, reappointment to the assistantship will be made on an annual basis, up to the maximum duration of the award, which is two years for master’s students and three years for Ph.D. students, or until completion of the degree, whichever comes first.
Applications are due March 31, 2018.
All application materials must be submitted to the Moodle site by the deadline for consideration.
Application instructions and templates are located on Moodle via this link. Use your Unity ID (or enter as guest, if lacking a Unity ID), and type the self-enrollment key “Innovation” to access the site.
Applications require submission of the following components, according to the templates provided: Personal Statement, Research Plan, Faculty Advisor Support Letter, and One-Page Resume. Academic transcripts will be reviewed as part of application screening. Finalists will be notified by April 20, and may be asked to make a short presentation to the selection committee in early May, with final selection in mid to late May.
For questions about the program or application process, contact the Program Manager, Dr. Sonja Salmon, at firstname.lastname@example.org