Climate Action Fellows Program

Two general fellowships of $2500 will be provided to support climate action research and/or internships.

The application deadline has passed.

Eligibility: Proposals are accepted from any UC Irvine student in good standing. Proposals may come from individual students or from a group of students working on a joint project. Group projects are eligible for one of the $2,500 grants. Graduate students must declare their intent to pursue this fellowship with their faculty advisor prior to application submission.

Projects may take a range of forms including:

  • Traditional or action research,
  • Spring or summer quarter internship (for undergraduates),
  • Relevant leadership or other skills building training, including travel costs.

Application proposals should be no more than 1500 words (approximately 3 pages) and include a simple budget indicating how the fellowship will be used. The application proposal should indicate the purpose, desired outcome(s), and proposed process of the student’s project; timeline; methods that will be used in research (if applicable); and how the proposed research, learning, and/or engagement points toward a solution to the climate crisis.  Your application must include a campus and/or community engagement component (see below). All projects must be completed by July 20, 2015. Graduating seniors must complete their projects prior to graduating in June 2015. Evidence of support by a faculty or staff mentor is also required. You will be asked to provide the name and date of mentor consent in the online application form.

Engagement Component: Successful proposals will include an engagement component. Engagement activities may include outreach, application, education, or other forms of partnership with members of the campus, local, or other external communities (including international). For example, a proposal for a fellowship to support an internship will receive stronger consideration if it provides a plan for utilizing the internship experience to engage other people in the issues driving the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative.

Application completion checklist: A complete application will:

  • state clearly the link between proposed project and putting the world on a path towards carbon neutrality
  • state clearly the project’s proposed campus and/or other community engagement processes
  • state clearly the measurable desired outcomes. All projects must include a mechanism for the evaluation of results
  • be submitted and carried out by UC Irvine students
  • be accompanied by a description of how the funding would be used
  • be complete; incomplete applications will not be reviewed
  • include name of at least one UC Irvine faculty or staff member who has agreed to mentor the applicant(s) on the execution of the proposed fellowship project

Additional guidelines:

  • group projects may be carried out jointly with UC Irvine faculty, staff, and campus-based organizations; individuals and groups outside of UCI may not submit proposals
  • there is not retroactive funding
  • if successfully funded, project products (e.g., flyers, posters, papers, etc.) must acknowledge the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative and the Initiative must be verbally acknowledged at affiliated events
  • awards limited to one-time award of $2,500 per fellowship (including group applications)
  • proposed projects may extend through the end of the 2014-2015 academic year, with projected work completed by or before July 20, 2015 (graduating seniors must complete their projects before graduating in June 2015).
  • awardees must submit a simple final report to the organizing committee by July 20, 2015
  • applicants will be notified via email regarding whether their proposal is accepted for funding
  • completed applications will only be accepted via the online application
  • if you are a finalist, the selection committee will email your fellowship mentor and, if applicable, your graduate advisor, to solicit their perspectives on the fellowship proposal

Instructions for online application:

  • download pdf of the online application
  • decide if you are applying as an individual student or as a group project for the Climate Action Fellowships
  • be prepared to answer all questions
  • if you are a graduate student, you need approval of your grad adviser and mentor for the project prior to completing the application
  • all questions regarding the application should be addressed to:

Criteria for Evaluation:

  • Project must broadly address goals of the UC President’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative and the Global Climate Leadership Council
  • Project must be feasible within the given time frame
  • Proposal must clearly state fellowship purpose, outcome, and process
  • Proposal must clearly state campus and/or community engagement component
  • Awardees must be willing to present at the UC system-wide symposium on July 20, 2015 (in person or, if necessary, via poster)

We are endeavoring to secure funding to enable fellows to attend a symposium with climate fellows from all UC campuses. The symposium date is July 20, 2015, in conjunction with the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference at San Francisco State University, which takes place July 20-24, 2015.

Selection Committee: The selection committee is comprised of representatives from the organizing committee (Student Affairs, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Graduate Division, and the Sustainability Initiative). The faculty Executive Committee of the Sustainability Initiative will review and endorse the final selections.

Important Dates:

  • Application deadline: February 18, 2015 by noon
  • Funding notifications: by February 27, 2015
  • Final Report due: July 20, 2015
  • System-wide symposium: July 20, 2015

You will be asked to copy and paste the text of your proposal in the application. Only completed applications will be reviewed.

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