Environmental Resilience Fellowships

Graduate Environmental Resilience Fellowships

Sponsored by the Jefferson Trust

In support of the pan-university initiative on Resilience, the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs is soliciting applications for graduate students engaging in cross-disciplinary work in the area of environmental resilience.  The Resilience Fellowships will provide the nucleus for a community of students engaged in the science, politics, economics, culture and ethics of environmental change. 
The Environmental Resilience fellowships will advance cross-disciplinary research projects 
where applicants are advised by faculty members from two disciplines. Resilience is the capacity to deal with change - whether slow or sudden - and to continue to function and flourish.  At the core of the resilience approach is the idea that humans and the environment are tightly coupled.  Developing ways to forestall and adapt to environmental change, and to create innovative solutions to minimize its consequences, will be enhanced by integrating scholarship at the nexus of scientific, technological, policy, and human dimensions of social-environmental resilience. 
Successful applicants will receive up to $8000 in funding to support projects designed with the guidance of faculty members from two different disciplines, with the option of an additional $4000 to support work conducted by an undergraduate.  Students from all schools are eligible. Funds could be used to support summer research (including stipend), travel to field sites, and other research-related needs.  Preference will be given to projects that include an undergraduate researcher.  
Application Process:
Applications will be accepted via on-line submission at: https://virginia.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1749317
Applicants are asked to provide the following:
  • A project statement of no more than two pages that describes the proposed project and how it relates to environmental resilience
  • Letters of recommendation and support from two faculty advisors who will guide the project with the student.  The two advisors must represent different disciplines.  In the case that an undergraduate is involved in the project, the letters should also attest to the ability of the graduate student to mentor and support the undergraduate student throughout the proposed research project
  • A budget outlining how funds will be used
  • A one-page role description of the undergraduate student (if appropriate)
  • A graduate student CV
  • Unofficial transcripts for both the graduate and undergraduate students
Second round fellowship applications are due, Friday, April 8.