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Environment & Society Graduate Fellows Program | CLIMAS

Environment & Society Graduate Fellows Program

 2019 Fellowship Applications Due Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program is accepting applications for the 2019 Environment & Society Graduate Fellows Program. This fellowship supports 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. Up to four fellowships in the amount of $4,750 each will be awarded for projects occurring between January–December 2019. The Environment & Society Fellows Program is made possible by the University of Arizona Office of Research, Development, & Innovation and CLIMAS.

The Environment & Society Fellowship provides an opportunity for graduate students to develop their knowledge, training, and experience in applied environmental science and outreach. 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 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.

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 2019, 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). See below for more information about project descriptions.
  • A proposed timeline outlining your project goals between January–December 2019.
  • 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 use-inspired 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 
  • a substantive understanding of the literature regarding the practice of direct engagement with stakeholders to carry out use-inspired research
  • how these stakeholder interactions will strengthen your research/outreach project and overall career goals

A set of semi-finalists will be chosen by a review committee and notified by late October 2018. Semi-finalists will be invited to give a 5-minute pitch about their proposed project to a larger review committee in November 2018. Award recipients will be notified within 3 days of these short presentations. Funding will be distributed in early January 2019.


Selected Fellows are required to:

  • Submit two blog posts for Southwestern Oscillations (the CLIMAS blog; The first post will be an update from field research or outreach activities (due summer 2019) and the second will include results from the Fellowship (due early 2020).
  • Attend quarterly Fellowship meetings to discuss research progress (students in the field can attend remotely).
  • Present at the Environment & Society Fellows Symposium at the end of the Fellowship.
  • Submit a written report of results and findings.

​Fellows are eligible to compete for an additional $1000 award after the Fellowship term concludes. This monetary award will be given to one Fellow based on three criteria:

  • clear articulation of results from their use-inspired research or outreach in their final presentation and report,
  • regular interaction with CLIMAS researchers by participating 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 ( and are due the same day as the application. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, October 18, 2018

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