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Graduate Student PhD Fellowship in Science and Technology Studies and Human Centered Design

The Human Centered Design (HCD) Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP) at Virginia Tech seeks an exceptional student to pursue a PhD in Science and Technology Studies (STS) with a focus on design studies. As part of their coursework, they will take a four-course sequence with a studio component that will result in an HCD Certificate. The student will participate in the new, state-of-the-art facility of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and the Environment (ICAT) and will receive 4 years of tuition remission, insurance, and a stipend of approximately $20,000 annually.

The successful candidate may focus his/her dissertation on any topic at the nexus of STS and design, though a strong preference is for someone working either on exchanges between artists, scientists, and technologists or the cultural meaning of innovation. His/her methods may be ethnographic, historical, or studio-based. A Masters degree in STS or a design field is desirable, as is industry experience. Candidates must be self-motivated flexible thinkers who are simultaneously conversant in design practice and critical scholarship.

He or she will work under the supervision of Matthew Wisnioski as he pursues the historical project �understanding innovation expertise� and will draw on the vibrant interdisciplinary community of the HCD program, which includes multimedia artists, educational technology designers, ICT4D researchers, additive manufacturing (3D printing) engineers, and rhetoricians.

Applicants should submit an application online to the Graduate School at Virginia Tech by selecting the HCD option in the menu. Please direct all questions to Matthew Wisnioski (

We will begin reviewing applications immediately.

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