The Environmental Resilience Institute invites proposals for summer inter-disciplinary graduate fellowships that advance resilience and sustainability research. The ERI Graduate Fellows program helps foster a community of students engaged in the science, design, politics, economics, culture, and ethics of environmental change. 

Graduate students at the M.S. and Ph.D. level from all schools are eligible. Proposals must be for and inter-disciplinary research project, AND must include faculty advisors from two different disciplines.

Students applicants may request up to $8000 in funding to support summer research (including stipend), travel to field sites, and other research-related needs. An additional $4000 may be requested to support work conducted by an undergraduate assistant. Preference will be given to projects that include an undergraduate researcher.  If an undergraduate researcher is desired, but not yet identified, ERI may help find interested undergraduate applicants.

Application Process

Fellowship applications are due no later than 5:00PM on Friday, April 1st, 2019.

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 and sustainability. If support for an undergraduate student is requested, their role in the research should be described.
  • Letters of recommendation from two faculty who will serve as advisors; the two advisors must represent different disciplines. If an undergraduate is involved in the project, the letters should also attest to the ability of the graduate student to act as a mentor.
  • A budget outlining how funds will be used
  • A graduate student CV
  • Unofficial transcripts for both the graduate and undergraduate students