MS Graduate Fellowship: Community Based Integrative Sustainable Strategies to Address Climate Change and Build Resilience.

For more information, contact Dr. Felix Fernando: [email protected]

The Hanley Sustainability Institute at the University of Dayton has launched a graduate fellowship program for the 2021-2022 academic year to attract high-quality students with sustainability interests to UD.

In an era of climate change, communities grapple with the dual challenge of trying to build resilience capacity to withstand and recover from disaster events while also trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Addressing this dual challenge and enabling a just transition requires innovative and creative solutions that achieve multiple objectives: build resilience capacity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and empower local communities.

This project will examine the feasibility and practicality of integrative sustainable strategies in the City of Dayton, thereby identifying potential practical action. The project will enhance relationships already established with community stakeholders such as the City of Dayton Office of Sustainability and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. The project outcomes will benefit and contribute to the advancement of current sustainability and resilience efforts undertaken by these community partners.

The project will equip the HSI Graduate Fellow with in-demand knowledge on synergistic strategies that marry resilience and sustainability, and application skills that could be translated in other community/employment contexts. This HSI Graduate Fellow will also work with HSI and others on campus to advance the Resilience Commitment that UD has signed with Second Nature.

Students may apply to any masters level graduate program at UD, but prospective applicants are encouraged to consider Communication, Interdisciplinary Studies, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, and Renewable and Clean Energy. Applicants also must apply (separately) and be accepted to the UD graduate program of their choice.

Successful candidates will receive financial support in the form of tuition and a stipend, guaranteed for the 2021-2022 academic year and renewable for an additional semester or academic year pending satisfactory progress.

To apply for the graduate fellowship, please send a cover letter describing your interest, the specific fellowship opportunity and relevant experience, a curriculum vitae, and an unofficial transcript to [email protected]. Please submit your application by Jan. 31, 2021.

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