Call for Applications: Faculty Research and Teaching Seed Fund 2018-2019

The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities invites faculty to apply for grants from the Research and Teaching Seed Fund in support of projects that speak to the Program’s four core commitments:


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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

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

These seed funds are meant to support initiatives which may still be in their early stages but could grow into opportunities for student involvement in the environmental humanities, including both coursework and research. Proposals that work toward building new courses in environmental humanities are particularly welcome. The funds may also be used to develop public engagement tools and/or innovative research projects. For example, they may be used for conference support, specialized student or pedagogical projects, civic or community collaborations, exhibitions, and/or digital projects. They may also be ideal for faculty developing longer-term projects capable of attracting external funds.


Awards will be made in increments of $3,000 and paid as faculty research funds. Multiple awards can be made to team proposals, especially those that pursue distant interdisciplinarity with faculty across divisions and schools.

Applicants should submit one-page narrative proposals and an itemized budget to the PPEH Managing Director, Meg Arenberg ( by December 21, 2018. Proposals will be reviewed by a broadly interdisciplinary committee chaired by the Faculty Director. Announcements of awards will be made by mid-January. 

Seed grant recipients will be expected to present their projects to the PPEH Faculty Working Group as part of a series of roundtables in the Fall of 2019, and to produce a short report including high resolution images for PPEH records and social media. All funds must be spent by December 31, 2019.


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