CALL FOR FELLOWS 2016-17

To download PDF versions of the Call for Fellows, click here for the Graduate Research Fellowships and here for the Undergraduate Research Fellowships. 

Graduate Research Fellowships

The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities is now accepting applications for Graduate Research Fellows for the Academic Year 2016-2017. Materials are due by Monday, April 18, 2016 (details below.)

Now in its third year, PPEH is a joint initiative of the School of Arts and Sciences and Penn’s Green Campus Partnership. Applications are welcome from students across all of Penn’s Schools. Together we will frame the role of the environmental humanities and think about how public and digital outreach enhances scholarship. PPEH aims to generate knowledge appropriate for our time, now often called the Anthropocene, the Age of the Human.  Our era of rapid global warming calls for new forms of knowledge creation bridging the sciences and the humanities, the natural world and the human.  Penn intends to be among the leaders in this field, and is seeking active engagement from students across the university’s schools. For further information, visit us at ppehlab.org

Graduate Research Fellowships are designed to support graduate students across the university whose work engages the environmental humanities. In addition to the individual project--either the dissertation or preparatory research--each Graduate Fellow has the opportunity to mentor one Undergraduate Research Fellow. While working on the research project, Fellows may also develop collaborative projects. These collaborations might include: organizing a reading group or a works in progress workshop, planning a conference or un-conference, developing a digital and/or public humanities project. (Examples are available the ppehlab.org.) Grant-writing mentorship will be provided by Program faculty. Creative, collaborative, and communicative scholarship is encouraged. The Fellows blog (http://www.ppehlab.org/blog/) is another important vehicle for Fellows work, individually and collaboratively. The editorship of this digital forum rotates between each Graduate Fellow in six-week intervals. Fellows are invited to contribute as many as three short essays throughout the year. Fellows attend the weekly research colloquium where they present individual research projects, interact with Undergraduate Fellows and Program Faculty, and develop collaborative work. Fellows attend PPEH events and symposia. There is a stipend attached to the fellowship.

 

To apply, attach the following word documents to PPEH Director, Bethany Wiggin, at director@ppehlab.org, including PPEH Fellowship Application in the subject line:

  • 750-1000-word research statement. This statement should include a project abstract, a brief statement about how the project intersects with the environmental humanities and about how it might foster collaboration across disciplines.  

  • C.V.

  • 300-word statement on how to mentor undergraduate work in eh

  • contact information for the Ph.D. advisor or graduate chair


Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities is now accepting applications for Undergraduate Research Fellows for the Academic Year 2016-2017. Materials are due by Monday, April 18, 2016 (instructions below.)

Now in its third year, PPEH is a joint initiative of the School of Arts and Sciences and Penn’s Green Campus Partnership. Applications are welcome from students across all of Penn’s Schools. Together we will frame the role of the environmental humanities and think about how public and digital outreach enhances scholarship. PPEH aims to generate knowledge appropriate for our time, now often called the Anthropocene, the Age of the Human.  Our era of rapid global warming calls for new forms of knowledge creation bridging the sciences and the humanities, the natural world and the human.  Penn intends to be among the leaders in this field, and is seeking active engagement from students across the university’s schools. For further information, visit us at ppehlab.org

Fellowships are designed to support the development or completion of senior theses that explore issues of sustainability and environmentalism in both the arts and sciences. Applications are welcome from undergraduates across the university. This fellowship provides a $500 stipend per semester and may be used as the Fellow chooses.

Successful applications will show how the intended research project expands on the student’s course of study, builds on previous work in courses or on internship experiences, and prepares for future projects. Further  information about past Fellows’ projects is available at ppehlab.org.

Program Fellows meet in a weekly research colloquium to present individual research projects, to interact with Graduate Fellows and Program Faculty, and to develop collaborative work. Each Fellow develops a project page on the PPEH website, contributes a short essay to the Fellows’ co-curated blog, and attends PPEH events.

To apply, attach the following word documents to PPEH Director, Bethany Wiggin, at director@ppehlab.org, including PPEH Fellowship Application in the subject line.       

  • a 500-word research proposal outlining the work to be undertaken and a timetable for its completion

  • a brief c.v. or resume

  • the name and contact for an academic reference of a Penn faculty member