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Funding Opportunities for Travel and Field Research in Fall 2019

Applications for the Fall 2019 Global Fellows and Travel Grant Programs are now open! Apply today for funding for your sustainability research.

Earth Institute Travel Grant Program

The Earth Institute Travel Grant Program makes it possible for Columbia University students to work on a variety of sustainable development and environmental projects nationally and internationally. Research must be affiliated with projects for which students will receive academic credit towards their degree programs at Columbia University. Individual students may apply for up to $750 in funding and groups may apply for up to $2,000 (groups should submit one application; there are no restrictions on the number of students per group). All students who receive funding are required to participate Student Research Showcase, which is hosted by The Earth Institute in the spring. Current Columbia University undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students pursuing research related to sustainability and the environment are eligible to apply. Applications are only accepted for future travel.

To apply, please submit an application HERE by Sunday, October 13 at 11:55pm.

Global Fellows in Sustainable Development Program

In order to understand the dynamics of globalization and the interconnections of our social and natural systems, students are encouraged to experience and research these issues in the field. The Global Fellows in Sustainable Development Program enables The Earth Institute, through a generous gift, to support field research for current Columbia University undergraduates studying sustainable development. This experiential learning may take the form of fieldwork, research assistantships, or study abroad opportunities related to students’ sustainable development studies. This program will ensure that the challenges presented by globalization are not abstract ideas, and that students are able to gain practical experience outside of the classroom in the critical areas of sustainable development they have studied. Awards vary in amount according to individual project needs. Funding will only be awarded for fieldwork explicitly related to a recipient’s degree requirements or that which furthers his or her studies in the sustainable development program.

Current full-time undergraduates who have declared the sustainable development major or special concentration are eligible to apply provided that they are in good academic standing. All students who receive funding participate in the Student Research Showcase, which is hosted by The Earth Institute in the spring.

Application information is available HERE. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until November 1, 2019.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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