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Environment & Society Graduate Fellows Program | CLIMAS

Environment & Society Graduate Fellows Program

                          2023 Fellowship Application - Due February 15, 2023

The Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program is currently accepting applications for the 2023 Environment & Society Graduate Fellows Program. This fellowship supports University of Arizona graduate students from any degree-granting program whose work is focused on collaborative environmental research. Up to four fellowships of $4,750 each will be awarded for projects occurring between April 2023–March 2024. The Environment & Society Fellows Program is made possible by CLIMAS, the University of Arizona Office of Research, Innovation, & Impact, and the Arizona Institute for Resilience.

The Environment & Society Fellowship provides an opportunity for graduate students to develop their knowledge, training, and experience in applied environmental science and communication. Projects should incorporate a use-inspired research approach meaning that the project meets a need expressed by a stakeholder (an organization, community, or person affected by your research outcomes). Competitive proposals will describe methods for stakeholder engagement or collaboration. Projects can fall under one or more of the following categories: scoping research, dissertation/thesis work, a discrete 1-year project, outreach, and/or network building.

Applicants must be:

  • A degree-seeking graduate student from any department at the University of Arizona;
  • Making good progress towards their degree, enrolled in spring semester 2023, and able to continue with the fellowship through Spring 2024;
  • Conducting research that incorporates both environmental and societal issues.

Applications must include:

  • A concise description of your project (maximum 2000 words). See below for more information about project descriptions.
  • A proposed timeline outlining your project goals between April 2023-March 2024.
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • One letter of support from a representative of your stakeholder group. 
  • One letter of support from your graduate advisor that endorses your application and demonstrates that they understand the collaborative nature of your proposed research or outreach project. 

Project descriptions should address:

  • background of your project
  • the category or categories into which your proposal fits (scoping research, dissertation/thesis work, a discrete 1-year project, outreach, and/or network building)
  • who your stakeholders are
  • why your research/outreach is useful to these stakeholders
  • your level of engagement with stakeholders at the time of application
  • your approach to stakeholder interactions 
  • a general understanding of the practice of direct engagement with stakeholders to carry out collaborative research and communication
  • how these stakeholder interactions will strengthen your project and your overall career goals

A set of semi-finalists will be chosen by a review committee. Semi-finalists will be invited to record a 5-minute pitch about their proposed project (due March 1, 2023) and participate in a Q&A session with a larger review committee (on March 2, 2023). Award recipients will be notified within 3 days of these short presentations. Funding will be distributed in March 2023.


Selected Fellows are required to:

  • Submit two blog posts for Southwestern Oscillations (the CLIMAS blog) or another kind of outreach product. In the first post, students will introduce themselves and their projects (due Spring 2023); in the second post, students will discuss findings and outcomes from the Fellowship (due early 2024).
  • Attend quarterly Fellowship meetings to discuss research progress (students can attend remotely).
  • Participate in a podcast about your Fellowship experience.
  • Submit a written report of results and findings.

Please submit your application via the webform below AND send a copy to Gigi Owen ( Your application should be submitted as one document, either as a .pdf or .doc, except for the letter of support from your stakeholder representative and your advisor.

Letters from your stakeholder representative and advisor should be emailed directly to Gigi Owen ( and are due on the same day as the application. 

Applications are due February 15, 2023 by 11:59 pm MST.

Questions: Please contact Gigi Owen ( with any questions about the Environment & Society Graduate Fellows Program or the application process. 

CLIMAS Background

CLIMAS, housed at the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment, is part of the nationwide Climate Adaptation Partnerships (CAP) / Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) program funded by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). CLIMAS promotes participatory research involving scientists, decision makers, resource users, educators, and others who need more and better information about climate and its impacts. CLIMAS investigators research the nature, causes, and consequences of climate change and variability in the southwestern United States. Visit for more information.


Reminder: Please send a copy of your application to Gigi Owen ( Your application should be submitted as a .pdf or .doc, except for the letter of support from your stakeholder representative and your advisor. These two letters should be emailed directly to Gigi Owen ( and are due the same day as the application. 

Note: Please have your graduate advisor send their letter directly to by the deadline.
Applications should include: -Project Description -Proposed Timeline -Proposed CLIMAS mentor -Your CV