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PPEH Undergraduate Research Fellows Application Information

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September 5, 2017

Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH)

Undergraduate Research Fellows Application Information

The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities is now welcoming applications for Undergraduate Research Fellows for the Academic Year 2017–2018. Now in its fourth year, PPEH is a joint initiative of the School of Arts and Sciences and Penn’s Sustainability Office.     For further information, visit us at ppehlab.org.

Environmental Humanities at Penn

The human species now profoundly shapes the planet and its atmosphere, most significantly via a warming climate with the well-known list of related woes. Natural sciences are no longer distinct from human sciences. Within an ecological system under stress, environmental  humanities points toward a sustainable future by promoting the kinds of collaborative knowledge production necessary to insure future livability. PPEH aims to generate knowledge appropriate for our time, now often called the Anthropocene, the Age of the Human. Our era of rapid climate change 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 arts and sciences and the university’s schools.

PPEH Undergraduate Research Fellowships.

Fellowships are designed to support student research projects exploring issues of sustainability and environmentalism at the intersections of 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.  This fellowship may be used, for example, to support costs for senior thesis research.  Other uses of the funds are of course possible!  For information  about past Fellows’ projects, check http://www.ppehlab.org/fellows/.  Undergraduate Fellows may  also choose to enroll in a spring-semester seminar in the public environmental humanities  facilitated by PPEH’s Faculty Director and Managing Director.

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.  Collaborative and/or scalable project proposals are especially welcome.

Program Fellows meet together regularly to develop collaborative work and also receive intensive mentoring. Each Fellow also develops a project page on the PPEH website.

The application deadline is Monday, September 25th.

To apply, please attach the following word documents to PPEH Director, Bethany Wiggin at director@ppehlab.org.  Please include 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
  •  Name and contact for an academic reference of one Penn faculty member

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