APPLICATION deadline Tuesday, December 15, at 11:59 pm

Application information

[  ] Follow the application instructions for all UTSOA graduate programs.

[  ] See below for PhD application requirements.

Graduate School Requirements

[  ] Follow the Graduate School instructions to submit the application, application fee, transcripts, and test scores. Applicants should submit a GRE score.
For entry in Fall 2021 only: The GRE requirement is WAIVED. If you have GRE scores, you are welcome to submit them but you are not required to. ​

Statement of purpose

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+ A 1,000-1,500 word essay that addresses your interest in the PhD program with respect to your academic and professional objectives, the factors that led you to apply to the UTSOA, a situation or job that helped you define your interest, your most substantial professional contribution and why you view it as such, and/or any other factors related to your academic or professional experience that you wish to convey to the admissions committee.

+ You may submit your ApplyTexas online application before finishing your statement of purpose. You can later upload your statement through MyStatus.

Three letters of recommendation

[  ] Manage and track your letters through MyStatus.

[  ] Provide recommenders' emails as part of the ApplyTexas online application.

+ Recommenders may include former instructors and professional employers.

+ Letters should include comments on the applicant’s intellectual, communicative, and leadership abilities as well as his or her capacity for creativity and relevant personal characteristics.

+ After you submit your application and pay your application fee, notification emails will be sent to your recommenders. Any delay in submitting your application or application fee will delay the notifications to your recommenders.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

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Writing sample

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+ This document should demonstrate your analytical writing and reasoning skills.

+ PhD applicants are expected to submit more substantial writing samples, such as theses or dissertations, which demonstrate research abilities and scholarship.

The Community and Regional Planning (CRP) program at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking a motivated and ambitious PhD student focused on community and climate resilience to join us in August of 2021.
Dr. Katherine Lieberknecht is looking for a PhD student to join her research group for the final two years of a three-year National Science Foundation-funded Smart and Connected Communities project. Her team is part of a collaboration involving community members, UT Austin, a local NGO, the City of Austin, and St. Edward's University that is working in the Dove Springs community in Austin. The entering PhD student will help co-design 1) an interface to assist residents in preparing for climate events while building long-term community resilience and 2) a process to integrate local knowledge and lived experience into planning and policy decisions. The student will of course eventually design and implement their own chosen dissertation research topic within the broad area of environmental planning.  
The entering student will be awarded four years of assured funding out of a typical five-year PhD duration, with the fifth year of funding readily obtainable.
CRP welcomes applications from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and from people of all orientations and gender identities. Note that this opportunity is not restricted to US citizens or permanent residents.  
Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Lieberknecht at for questions about her community and climate resilience research and their potential work with her. They can also contact Jake Wegmann, CRP PhD Program Director, at for general questions about CRP’s PhD program.