Postdoctoral and Doctoral Fellowships at Vanderbilt University

Scholarship: Fully-funded
Degree: Ph.D
Nationality: International Students
Location: USA
Application deadlines: Start in autumn 2024, applying by 1 January 2024.

Scholarship Description:

Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt University (Vandy) is a world-renowned private research university ranked 13th in the 2022 U.S. News America’s Best Colleges.Vanderbilt University, founded by American railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, has four undergraduate colleges and six graduate colleges with a total of more than 10,000 students, and is known as the “Harvard of the South” and the “New Ivy League”.

The acceptance rate for the Class of 2020 is 9% (32,376 applicants). Distinguished alumni include two US Vice Presidents and seven Nobel Laureates. The College of Humanities and Sciences, which houses the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is the core and oldest college at Vanderbilt. It enjoys a strong academic reputation for its diverse research interests and vibrant academic atmosphere. Vanderbilt University is located in Nashville, the capital city of Tennessee, USA. The city has a beautiful environment, pleasant climate, prosperity and vitality, and has been named one of the fastest growing cities in the United States in 2021.

Meng Lin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University, with research interests in global change ecology. His research has been published in Science, PNAS, PNAS NEXUS, GCB, AFM and other international journals.

He has been awarded the Grand Prize of the Global Young Scientist Award 2021 by Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and SciLifeLab, the Global Green Elite Award 2022 by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the NASA Earth and Space Technology Fellowship, the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Ton Damman Award, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Ecohydrology Award in Hydrology, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Masters Scholarship.

He was a member of the AGU Section Committee on Global Environmental Change, a member of the FLUXNET Youth Committee, and Chair of Human Ecology at the Ecological Society of America.

 Available Subjects:

  • (1) Response of vegetation dynamics to climate change and human activities
  • (2) Effects of night lighting on urban ecology
  • (3) Impacts of climate change and forest fires on carbon and water cycling in the Amazonian tropical rainforest

Eligibility criteria:

  • (1) Background knowledge of global change ecology, remote sensing of vegetation and land surface processes;
  • (2) Skills in programming, data processing and analysis;
  • (3) proficiency in spoken English and academic writing.

Application Procedure:

Interested parties should send an email enquiry to Professor Meng Lin, attaching a CV, transcripts and a description of their personal research interests. Further information can be found at