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Environment & Society Graduate Fellows Program | CLIMAS

Environment & Society Graduate Fellows Program

                          2022 Fellowship Applications Due: Friday, October 22, 2021

The Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program is currently accepting applications for the 2022 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 January–December 2022. The Environment & Society Fellows Program is made possible by CLIMAS, the University of Arizona Office of Research, Innovation, & Impact, and the Arizona Institutes 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. 

In light of the current uncertainty around in-person research, we strongly encourage applicants to think creatively about the ways they might collaborate, communicate, or otherwise engage with their research partners or stakeholders. 

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 2022, and able to attend the final symposium even if they have completed their degree;
  • 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 January–December 2021.
  • 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 and notified in November 2021. Semi-finalists will be invited to record a 5-minute pitch about their proposed project and participate in a Q&A session with a larger review committee on December 3, 2021. Award recipients will be notified within 3 days of these short presentations. Funding will be distributed in early January 2022.


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 2022); in the second post, students will discuss findings and outcomes from the Fellowship (due early 2023).
  • Participate in one 4-week online course from the Transdisciplinary Environmental Science for Society (TESS) series. Fellows may select from one of three courses offered throughout the year. More information about these courses can be found at the TESS course site. Registration fees will be covered. 
  • Attend quarterly Fellowship meetings to discuss research progress (students can attend remotely).
  • Present at the Environment & Society Fellowship Symposium at the end of the Fellowship.
  • Submit a written report of results and findings.

Please submit your application via the webform below. 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. These letters should be emailed directly to Gigi Owen ( and are due on the same day as the application. 

Applications are due by 11:59pm on Friday, October 22, 2021.

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 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: 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. 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