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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is IGERT?

What is Interdisciplinary Perceptual Science?

What are IGERT fellows expected to do as part of the program?

Tell me more about the research aspects of the program.

For how many years is the IGERT grant and what does it cover?

How do I apply?

Can I apply if I am not a US citizen or permanent resident?

What can I do with a Ph.D. concentration in Interdisciplinary Perceptual Science?

Where can I find general information about IGERT?

What is the tax status of my IGERT grant?

What is the term of the fellowship?

Do I get benefits in addition to the $30,000 stipend?

Is the health insurance I get as a trainee the same as with a TA/GA?

What is IGERT?

IGERT stands for Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship and is a program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal os the IGERT program is to help universities develop new graduate programs that foster collaborative, innovative, and intredisciplinary research.

What is Interdisciplinary Perceptual Science?

The past decade of growth in perceptual technologies (e.g., automated recognition systems, usable virtual environments) has created the need for a new generation of realistic, comprehensive and innovative perceptual models, applicable to humans and implemented in machines. Interdisciplinary Perceptual Science will train students to develop and apply such models by integrating formal and experimental approaches to human and machine perception, and by bridging the gaps in language, perspective and knowledge that traditionally divide technically and behaviorally oriented disciplines. A cornerstone of this program is a one-year laboratory course, Integrative Methods in Perceptual Science, in which students learn to integrate human and computer perception by working on realistic projects in small teams with faculty mentors in a specialized multi-faceted teaching laboratory.

What are IGERT fellows expected to do as part of the program?

The IGERT program is more than a simple fellowship or research assistantship. There are three program components in which trainees will participate:

  • Integrative graduate education
  • Integrative, cross-disciplinary thesis research
  • Integrative professional development and training.

Tell me more about the research aspects of the program.

The IGERT in Perceptual Science integrates research projects in more than 18 different laboratories. IGERT students will learn a broad array of approaches, skills, and methods to achieve a better understanding of human perception and perceptual models, and to design innovative perceptual technologies that address significant human needs.

For how many years is the IGERT grant and what does it cover?

The IGERT award is for two years and provides a $30,000, 12-month stipend, and also includes tuition, student fees, and health insurance. The department in which you are majoring will provide, or help you secure, University Fellowship or Assistantship support for the additional years leading to the Ph.D. (typically 5 years).

How do I apply?

Application information and a link to the Rutgers Graduate School for application forms are at Thinking of applying. You apply to one of the participating departments, indicating your interest in perceptual science in your personal statement. Please also fill in the contact form to let us know of your interest. Note that the application deadlines indicate when applications will begin being reviewed. Late applications will be accepted.

Can I apply if I am not a US citizen or permanent resident?

Yes! In order to receive an NSF-IGERT fellowship you must be a US citizen or permanent resident, however students whose funding comes from other sources, can be full participants in the Interdisciplinary Perceptual Science program. Rutgers University has funding available and there are other outside sources of funding as well.

What can I do with a Ph.D. concentration in Interdisciplinary Perceptual Science?

Students in the program are prepared for scientific careers in academic, industrial, or government settings. An example of one possible career path could research and development leading to novel perceptual devices and technologies usable in home, educational, clinical or industrial settings.

Where can I find general information about IGERT?

Information can be found at NSF and at www.igert.org.

What is the tax status of my IGERT grant?

Rutgers does not deduct taxes from fellowship stipends. Fellows receive a letter sometime in January which indicates the fellowship payments for the prior year (they do not receive a W-2). The fellowship payment amounts are not reported to the IRS. However, the IRS does indicate that fellowship grants are taxable if the total amount exceeds tuition and fees required for enrollment and other fees, books, supplies, equipment etc. A Tax Workshop for graduate students is conducted in February. All students are notified in advance and are welcome to attend.

What is the term of the fellowship?

The Fellowships run from September 1 to August 31.

Do I get benefits in addition to the stipend?

Yes. Your benefits include health insurance, tuition, and student fees.

Is the health insurance I get as a trainee the same as with a TA/GA?

No, it is a different insurance policy.