CFA: Faculty Opportunity for Seed Funds in EH + Adjacent Areas

PPEH invites faculty and lecturers to apply for grants from our EH Seed Fund, up to $3,000 person per applicant. (Collaborative proposals may be awarded more.) Support is offered for:

  • the development of new or existing courses with a strong humanities component
  • research projects in Environmental Humanities and adjacent areas, including in early stages, with opportunities for student involvement 
  • creation of public engagement tools, including participatory action research 

To apply, submit a one-page narrative proposal and an itemized budget to the PPEH Faculty Director, Bethany Wiggin ( by April 1, 2022. Please describe how the proposed work addresses PPEH’s core commitments to foster: 

1) broadly interdisciplinary, collaborative inquiry across the arts and sciences; 

2) arts-driven inquiry into place, particularly our campus and the City of Philadelphia as well as urban ecology in other global contexts; 

3) public engagement, particularly in and with environmental justice communities and concerns; and 

4) the creation and growth of “living archives” via practices of “urgent collection.” 

Application deadline: April 1
Awarded: June 1

Application deadline: October 1
Awarded: December 1

All funds must be spent by June 30, 2023.

Additionally, in order to fulfill the minor, students enroll in one transdisciplinary touchstone course co-taught by at least two faculty working individually in distinct disciplinary traditions and together to model cross-disciplinary knowledge-making.

If you are a faculty team interested in proposing a course in Transdisciplinary Environmental Humanities, please use this link to submit. If you would like to be introduced to other individuals interested in this opportunity, please let us know! 

This course is planned for undergraduates at the intermediate level. Ideally it would be taken in the Spring of their junior year. This course has been offered once before in the Fall of 2021. You can read more about that iteration taught by anthropologist Kristina Lyons and toxicologist Marilyn Howarth. 

It will be next offered in Spring 2023 and we anticipate offering it annually thereafter. 

Email us at with any questions!