The UIC Institute for Environmental Science and Policy (IESP) announces the predoctoral fellowship award competition for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The mission of IESP is to advance interdisciplinary inquiry on the environment among the sciences and engineering, economics, social thought, and policy among UIC’s faculty and students, transmit workable solutions for environmental problem to the public sectors, and prepare the next generation of environmental decision-makers.

Exciting thinking often lies at the borders of academic disciplines, including the many that have contributed to advances in environmental scholarship. For IESP fellowships, the program of study, the theme of the proposed research, and the methodologies to be used should seek to be interdisciplinary in nature. Interdisciplinary study is integrative, seeking to forge new models of scholarship which build upon the traditional disciplines. The world of the future will require scholars with a global approach to problem solving. It will no longer be enough to know one area, one discipline, or one field of study. Inquiry and discovery are crossing disciplines. With this in mind, the mission of the IESP predoctoral fellowship program is to span traditional boundaries among disciplines while helping students develop knowledge and skills for independent research on the fundamental questions of the present and the future.

The IESP predoctoral fellowship program is open to any predoctoral student at UIC whose research is related to interdisciplinary environmental scholarship. Each fellowship carries with it a $15,000 award.

Applications are due Monday May 2, 2011, 3PM.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit the IESP website at


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