Call for Proposals
Solving society's environmental problems is an inherently interdisciplinary effort, requiring both innovation within disciplines and collaboration across them. The Council for the Environment will award a 10K Green Fellowship for the Environment this fall to be shared by two currently supported University of Maryland graduate students whose research is relevant to the environment in a broad sense. This award is not intended to replace current student support, but rather to encourage broader thinking about environmental problems both here and abroad. A major goal of this award is to foster collaboration across disciplines relevant to environmental problems. It is intended that this fellowship be shared jointly between a team of two students, one each from two different disciplines (e.g. an engineer and an economist, an soil scientist and an epidemiologist). Thus, students will usually be from different colleges as well as different departments.
The UMD Council on the Environment will sponsor a graduate student reception on 11 September 2013 in the Chemistry Atrium starting at 5:30pm. All interested graduate students are encouraged to attend. Proposals will be due by close of business on November 1, 2013.
Who is eligible?
Currently supported UMCP graduate students who are interested in formulating new transdisciplinary research ideas pertaining to the environment are eligible.
What is required for the application?
A CV from each of the team members
A short proposal (two page limit) describing the transdisciplinary project, including a brief description of how the students represent different disciplines and their collaboration crosses traditional academic boundaries in a way that is innovative and likely to have significant impact.
The proposal should have some cost analysis without a full budget and should not be used for travel; the proposal must be an original collaboration among graduate students, not extensions of faculty inspired/directed research; a timeline and defined legacy of the project should be included in the proposal as well.
Two letters of recommendation, one from each student’s advisor. These brief letters should address the innovative methods used in the transdiciplinary research.
What is required of the award winners?
The fellowship team will be expected to propose a project connected to the environment of a transdiscplinary nature to be accomplished in the spring semester, and to present the results at a spring meeting of the Council on the Environment. A letter of appreciation and a brief report to the donor of the Fellowship is also expected.
The University of Maryland is committed to diversity and encourages programs to offer support to a diverse range of students consistent with campus principles of equal opportunity.
To assist students in finding a research partner, ConE has developed a website where students can register their areas of interest and expertise and view those of others. Please see
If you have any questions regarding this fellowship please contact Cathy Stephens, Director of Planning, Programs and Communications for the Council on the Environment, at:
Applications should be submitted by November 1, 2013 to:
Cathy Stephens, 5825 University Research Court, Suite 4001, College Park, MD 20740;