Environmental Futures Fellows

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The Environmental Institute accepts proposals for summer interdisciplinary graduate fellowships that advance resilience and sustainability research each year.

Developing ways to adapt to environmental change, and to create innovative solutions to minimize its consequences, will be enhanced by integrating scholarship across disciplines.

The Environmental Futures Fellows program helps foster a community of students engaged in the science, politics, economics, culture, and ethics of environmental change.

Graduate students at the M.S. and Ph.D. level are eligible for selection as a fellow. Applicants are expected to be engaged in a cross-disciplinary research project and are advised by faculty members from two different disciplines. Students from all schools and colleges at the University of Virginia are eligible.

Applicants may request up to $8,000 in funding to support projects, with the option of an additional $6,000 to support work conducted by an undergraduate. Funds may be used to support summer research (including stipend) such as travel to field sites and other research-related needs.

Note that preference will be given to projects that include an undergraduate researcher.

To Apply

The deadline for applications is midnight April 14, 2024.

To start, please supply:

  1. A project statement (no more than two pages) that describes the proposed project and how it relates to environmental resilience and sustainability. If support for an undergraduate student is requested, their role in the research should be described.
  2. Letters of recommendation from two faculty members who will serve as advisors. The advisors must represent different disciplines. If an undergraduate is involved in the project, the letters should also attest to the ability of the graduate student to act as a mentor. (Such letters may be emailed independently to EI’s Environmental Futures Fellows Program Manager at jfogel@virginia.edu.)
  3. A budget outlining how funds will be used
  4. A graduate student CV
  5. Unofficial transcripts for both the graduate and undergraduate students

For Questions

For questions regarding any aspect of the Environmental Futures Fellows program, including requirements, qualifications, and expectations, email environment@virginia.edu.

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