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Environment & Society Graduate Fellows Program | CLIMAS

Environment & Society Graduate Fellows Program

 2018 Fellowship Applications Due Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program is accepting applications for the 2018 Environment & Society Graduate Fellows Program (formerly the Climate & Society Graduate Fellows Program). The Fellows Program is designed to provide support for currently enrolled University of Arizona graduate students from any degree-granting program whose work is focused on the nexus of environmental research and decision making. In 2018, up to four fellowships in the amount of $4,750 each will be awarded to selected applicants for projects occurring between January–December 2018. The Environment & Society Fellows Program is supported by the University of Arizona Office of Research, Development, & Innovation and CLIMAS.

This Fellowship provides graduate students an opportunity to develop their knowledge and training in applied environmental science and outreach. Proposals should incorporate a use-inspired approach meaning that research or outreach meets a need expressed by a stakeholder (an organization, community, or person who would be affected by your research outcomes). Competitive proposals will include a component of 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.

Applications should clearly articulate:

  1. the category or categories into which your proposal fits,
  2. why your research/outreach is useful to stakeholders,
  3. who your target stakeholders are,
  4. how engagement with stakeholders will be carried out,
  5. a substantive understanding of the literature regarding the practice of directly engaging with stakeholders to carry out use-inspired research, and
  6. how stakeholder engagement activities will strengthen your research/outreach project and overall career goals.

Fellows will present results from their research at a symposium at the end of their Fellowship and a final project report will be due in early 2019. Final presentations and reports will focus on the process of conducting use-inspired research or outreach, and may include discussing methods, outcomes, successes, and obstacles. Other fellowship requirements include submitting two posts for the Southwestern Oscillations blog with photos and attending quarterly group meetings with CLIMAS researchers (either remotely or in-person). 

Fellows will be selected based on:

  • Quality of the proposed outreach or use-inspired project and articulation of the criteria described above;
  • Cogent articulation of how your research will inform people's decision making and/or raise awareness;
  • Demonstration that you are collaborating with someone or a group who has a stake in your project;
  • The ability to complete project within 1 year.

A set of semi-finalists will be chosen by a review committee and notified in early November 2017. Semi-finalists will be invited to give a 5-minute pitch about their proposed project to a larger review committee on November 17, 2017. Award recipients will be notified within 3 days of these short presentations. Funding will be distributed in early January 2018.

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 2018, and able to attend the final symposium even if they have completed their degree;
  • Conducting research that incorporates environmental issues and societal applications.

Applications must include:

  • A concise description of your project (maximum 2000 words) including: a) what the project is, b) how your project fulfills the selection criteria; c) expected outcomes; and d) how the Fellowship will help advance or complete your project.
  • A proposed timeline outlining your project goals between January–December 2018.
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • One letter of support from a representative of your stakeholder group. 
  • A letter of support from your graduate advisor that endorses your application and demonstrates that they understand the use-inspired nature of your proposed research or outreach project. 

The 2018 Fellows will be required to:

  • Submit at least two blog posts for Southwestern Oscillations (the CLIMAS blog; The first post will be an update from field research or outreach activities (due summer 2018) and the second will include results from your Fellowship (due early 2019).
  • Attend quarterly Fellowship meetings to discuss research progress (students in the field can attend remotely).
  • Present at the Climate & Society Fellows Symposium at the end of the Fellowship.
  • Submit a written report of results and findings from your Fellowship.

​Fellows will be eligible to compete for an additional $1000 award after their Fellowship terms concludes in 2019. This monetary award will be given to the Fellow based on three criteria:

  • clear articulation of results from their use-inspired research or outreach,
  • regular interaction with CLIMAS including participation in quarterly meeting sessions,
  • quality of contributions to the Southwestern Oscillations blog.

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 ( 

Applications must be received by Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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 conduct research on the nature, causes, and consequences of climate change and variability in the southwestern United States. Visit for more information.

Applications should include: -Project Description -Proposed Timeline -Proposed CLIMAS mentor -Your CV