Are you interested in doing environmental research that is connected to real-world policymaking and problem-solving? Do you want to explore how science and scientists can contribute to environmental solutions both inside and outside of academia? Are you eager to communicate your research more broadly and have it make a difference? If so, Brown Environmental Fellows may be a great fit for you.
Brown Environmental Fellows work collaboratively with a faculty mentor to develop environmental research projects with a clear link to a policy or management issue. Juniors from all concentrations are encouraged to apply; we’ve had successful projects that include both quantitative and qualitative methods. Applicants are encouraged but not required to think of a BEF project as a starting point for a senior thesis.
Prospective fellows also are encouraged to identify a particular external mentor from a government or nongovernmental institution, who can complement the expertise provided by the Brown faculty member. If this external mentor has not yet been identified, applicants should articulate how their specific research question relates to policy and/or management.
The competitive fellowship includes a $3500 stipend for summer 2011; designated research funds; and the opportunity to participate in the capstone course on environmental scholarship and communication, ENVS 1965, in Spring 2012.