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2021-2022 Environments Graduate Student Fellowships


The Topic.  The environment interacts with all elements of human life and society. Therefore, challenges related to the environment and climate change require connections that cut across disciplinary boundaries. The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and the Climate and Society Grand Challenge Initiative will co-host a year-long interdisciplinary graduate student seminar to explore the broad theme of “Environments.” All approaches to this question are welcome.

The Program.  Fellows will convene weekly to discuss scholarly work-in-progress. The schedule and nature of the meetings will be established collectively by the Fellows in consultation with the Center Director. At the end of the appointment, Fellows will be expected to have completed an academic research project (such as an article or dissertation chapter or law-review note), a creative/artistic project, or a scholarly public engagement project. 

They will also be required to give a public presentation on their project at the end of the spring semester.

Who Can Apply. Graduate students from all schools are invited to apply. Students must have completed at least one year of their program and be working on a well-defined project in their program to be eligible. Each graduate student will be provided $2000 in research funds.   

Note: This is a residential fellowship. All Fellows, including those on leave, are expected to participate fully, in person, in the collaborative work and scheduled meetings of the group.    

To Apply.  Applicants for the Environments Graduate Fellows Program should provide their curriculum vitae and a maximum of 1,000 word statement that describes their project, its relevance to the fellowship theme, and the work to be completed over the course of the fellowship. Preference will be given to candidates who reflect on the specific aspects of their work that could benefit from collaborative, interdisciplinary engagement with other colleagues, as well as projects that are broadly relevant to climate and society. All materials will be reviewed by the RPW Center Director and an interdisciplinary faculty review panel.

If you are willing to serve as a coordinator for the seminar, please indicate that in your application.

Send all application materials (CV, statement) with "Environments Graduate Fellowship" in the subject line to  Mary Gray Lindstrom   by  June 1, 2021. Applicants will be notified of their status by July 1, 2021.

For all questions, please contact Holly Tucker, Director, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.