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Environment & Society Graduate Fellows Program | CLIMAS

Environment & Society Graduate Fellows Program

                          2021 Fellowship Applications Due: Monday, October 26, 2020

The Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program is currently accepting applications for the 2021 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 in the amount of $4,750 each will be awarded for projects occurring between January–December 2021. 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 2021, 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:

  • what your project is
  • 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
  • methods for future stakeholder interactions 
  • an 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 by early November 2020. Semi-finalists will be invited to give a 5-minute pitch about their proposed project to a larger review committee in November 2020. Award recipients will be notified within 3 days of these short presentations. Funding will be distributed in early January 2021.

 

Selected Fellows are required to:

  • Submit two blog posts for Southwestern Oscillations (the CLIMAS blog; http://www.climas.arizona.edu/blog). In the first post, students will introduce themselves and their projects (due Spring 2021); in the second post, students will discuss findings and outcomes from the Fellowship (due early 2022).
  • Attend quarterly Fellowship meetings to discuss research progress (students can attend remotely).
  • Present at the Environment & Society Fellows 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 (gigi@arizona.edu) and are due on the same day as the application. 

Applications are due on Monday, October 26, 2020.

Questions: Please contact Gigi Owen (gigi@arizona.edu) 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 conduct research on the nature, causes, and consequences of climate change and variability in the southwestern United States. Visit www.climas.arizona.edu 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 (gigi@arizona.edu) and are due the same day as the application.