The Climate & Society Graduate Fellows Program supports University of Arizona graduate students whose work connects climate research and decision making. The program is made possible by support from the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS), the International Research Applications Program (IRAP), and the UA Office for Research and Discovery. Fellows receive $5,000 and guidance from members of the CLIMAS research team for one year. The program’s main objective is to train a group of students to cross the traditional boundaries of academic research into use-inspired science and applied research. While CLIMAS research generally occurs in the Southwest U.S., the Fellows program allows students to work anywhere in the world.
Fellows’ projects may follow two tracks. Students who want to conduct collaborative research may use their funding for use-inspired projects. Students who have conducted climate research and want to communicate their findings to audiences outside of academia may use their funding for outreach. Fellows may also use their funding for a combination of the two tracks.
The Climate & Society Graduate Fellows Program helps students address the world’s climate-related problems by funding projects that engage people outside of the university.
The 2016 Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) Climate & Society Graduate Fellows are:
Developing a Community Hub for Climate Innovations in Southwest Coastal Bangladesh
Collaborative Outreach and Climate Adaptation Planning with the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
Solar Sovereignty: use-inspired collaborative research for affordable off-grid solar on the Navajo Nation
Outreach for Small Hydropower Governance in Chile
Dryland conservation in China: local incentives drive collaborative action on regional climate adaptation