Graduate Fellowship AY 22-23

Call for Applications, PPEH Graduate Fellowships, 2022–2023
Application deadline: July 17, 2022

To apply, please submit the following via email to

  • 1000-word research statement. This statement should include a 5-sentence project abstract and address how the project intersects with the environmental humanities  
  • 250-word statement addressing the candidate’s plans to develop public, collaborative humanities projects emanating from the research project. These might include public writing, digital humanities, grant writing, public workshops, etc.
  • C.V.

Also required:

  • One confidential letter of recommendation from your dissertation advisor or graduate chair. Please ask your referee to email their letter to no later than the application deadline, June 15, 2022.

The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities is now accepting applications for one-year research fellowships to Penn graduate students who have completed their qualifying exams. 

Each PPEH Graduate Fellowship carries a stipend between $2,000-4,000 designed to support EH projects at the doctoral level, and, in select cases, for projects leading to a M.A. M.S., M.F.A, or M.P.H. 

The Fellows Program supports individual projects designed to develop public engagement projects related to the dissertation or research in preparation for it. In consultation with program faculty and staff, Fellows may choose to develop their projects under the umbrella of one of PPEH’s ongoing public research projects: My Climate Story, Futures Beyond Refining, or the Ecotopian Toolkit for the Anthropocene. Fellows are asked to document their work with one podcast segment of 8-10 minutes, to be aired as part of the Program’s The Canopy. Additionally, Fellows are asked to write a short (200-word) contribution to the Program’s blog, Field Note. Collaborative work between and among Fellows is both encouraged and recommended and can be supported with additional funds.

PPEH Fellows’ work is also supported through a community of practitioners of community-based environmental research. This community includes faculty and students at Penn as well as Affiliated Researchers from academic institutions and NGOs, and it meets twice monthly for a public environmental research seminar called Working Wednesdays. Graduate Fellows will present their work to the WW seminar in the spring semester and are expected regularly to attend WW meetings. In AY 22-23, Fellows may also wish to participate in the reading group on Anthropocene and Animal Studies (meeting times tbd). Further, Graduate Fellows may choose to take part in the international doctoral cluster for training in the environmental humanities, a partnership between the University of Toronto, Oxford University, and Penn. Fellows are encouraged to attend lectures and workshops that make up PPEH’s 2022-23 research topic, the “Anthropos-Not-Seen,” led by Professor Kristina Lyons (Anthropology).

In the spring semester, all Fellows enroll in Public Environmental Humanities (ANTH 543, COML 562, ENVS 544, GRMN 544, URBS 544), to receive one course credit for their Fellowship. This colloquium is guided by PPEH Faculty Director, Professor Bethany Wiggin (Germanics). This colloquium is also designed to facilitate alternative academic career exposure and training in public research methods with invited experts. Topics for spring 2023 include: grant writing, public writing, podcasting, editing, and teaching in non-traditional contexts, including prisons (with Visiting Scholar and PPEH Affiliate Researcher Dr. Isabel Lane).

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