The deadline to apply is Oct. 25, 2019
The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Sustainability Institute announces the 2019-2020 Sustainability Fellows Program.
The FAMU Sustainability Institute in the second year of a partnership with Dow is seeking to utilize the expertise of both its faculty and students to advance sustainability initiatives. Projects are being sought that will improve sustainability research, education, curriculum development, service, and/or resource stewardship practices at the University.
The Fellows program was introduced in the spring of 2016 to accelerate and incentivize sustainability research. The second 2019 cohort included two Faculty Fellows and three Student Fellows. This year, one faculty and three student Fellowships will be funded through the generous support of the Dow along with an additional Fellowship for a graduate student that will be funded by the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
Projects will be selected through a competitive application process with awards being made to those that best advance sustainability research, education, or practice at FAMU.
Interested faculty and students are invited to apply. Applications for this year’s Sustainability Fellows Program are available to prospective applicants upon email request. The deadline for receipt of completed proposal submissions for both faculty and students is October 25, 2019.
The DOW FAMU Faculty Sustainability Fellowship will be awarded for outstanding research, teaching, and/or service, or a combination thereof for a sustainability-related effort. The selected Faculty Fellows will receive up to $5,000to initiate or advance a project.
The DOW FAMU Student Sustainability Fellowship will be awarded for planning and conducting a campus-based sustainability initiative. The selected Student Fellows will receive up to $2,500 to fund a new project or advance an existing one. Successful proposals will include a detailed plan for addressing a sustainability issue on FAMU’s campus.
New this year is the FAMU Graduate Studies Sustainability Research Fellowship that will be awarded for outstanding sustainability research. The selected Graduate Fellow will receive up to $5,000 to initiate or advance a research project sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies and Research.
“This is an excellent opportunity to aim some of our brightest minds at some of the larger problems facing our planet, I am very interested to see the impact of the projects that our students develop,” said David Jackson, associate provost for Graduate Education and dean School of Graduate Studies & Research at FAMU
Special consideration will be given to projects that address FAMU and Dow’s sustainability priorities around climate change, plastic waste, and circular economy.
Dow is on its third set of 10-year sustainability goals, known as the 2025 Sustainability Goals. These goals include recruiting the best and brightest talent for the advancement of sustainability, as well as addressing climate change, eliminating plastic waste, and improving public literacy about chemistry and materials science in our everyday lives. Dow has committed to supporting faculty and student fellows over a three-year period.
The Sustainability Institute’s strategic focus areas: resilience and social vulnerability; geospatial technology education or applications; sustainable urban and regional food systems; and improving the delivery of sustainability education at FAMU.
FAMU is a recent signatory of the Capital Area Sustainability Compact, which calls on the members to adopt innovative strategies to promote resource stewardship. The Sustainability Fellowship Program is one of several strategies by which FAMU is accelerating its sustainability focus.
Eunice Heath, Dow corporate director of sustainability, noted the shared goals for Dow and FAMU in striving toward a smarter and more sustainable campus and world.
“Our support of the Sustainability Fellows program is a part of our larger strategy to build and develop an inclusive and diverse workforce of innovative sustainability problem solvers,” Heath said.
Selected projects will be announced in December 2019 and Fellows will complete their proposed projects by December 2020.
For more information or to request a copy of the FAMU Sustainability Institute Fellows request for applications, please contact Bruce Strouble, Ph.D., Coordinator for Research and Programs for the Sustainability Institute at Bruce.Strouble@famu.edu.