Planetary Health Graduate Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria
All students enrolled in a graduate or professional program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are eligible to apply.

Students must:

  1. Be enrolled full-time and making progress toward a graduate or professional degree
  2. Be in good academic standing (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  3. Be engaged in (or planning to begin) research on a topic relevant to planetary health
  4. Be available on-campus during the 2020/2021 academic year (participation in scholarship program events is required)
  5. Have the support and commitment of your faculty advisor to participate in the program. Faculty advisor participation is required.

Note: Applicants and their advisors may receive this award more than once.

Donor Information
This scholarship award program was initiated via private philanthropy from David and Sarah Epstein.

Award Information
Priority will be given to applicants with pre-Dissertator status. Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee and notified of the decision no later than 1 April 2020. As a condition of award acceptance, awardees and their faculty advisors are required to participate in all Planetary Health Scholars Program events scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year. See https://ghi.wisc.edu/planetary-health/ for more information.

Graduate student awardees must:

  • Remain actively enrolled in a graduate or professional program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Write a thank you letter to David and Sarah Epstein. This process should be coordinated with the Planetary Health Scholars Program Manager and/or the Nelson Institute’s Director of Advancement & Donor Relations.

Supplemental Information
The global environment is changing rapidly—as evidenced by warming temperatures, pollinator collapse, extreme weather events, and accelerating food insecurity to name a few. Humans sit at the apex of these issues, driving shifts across planetary systems with our extensive consumption, pollution, production, and destruction. Everything is connected. Changes to the planet impact our health and wellbeing, from the food we eat and the air we breathe to our exposure to disease and the places we can safely live. There is an urgent need for action; interdisciplinary research, innovation, and outside-of-the-box thinking are crucial to solving planetary health challenges.

The Global Health Institute and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies have created a Planetary Health Scholarship Program to galvanize awareness of and attention to planetary health at UW-Madison. The program will support graduate students conducting relevant research and bring together a diverse community from across campus to share ideas, form collaborations, and generate new scholarship.

To learn more about Planetary Health please visit:
https://ghi.wisc.edu/planetary-health/
https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/our-work/initiatives/planetary-health/

Applications should include the following:

  • A current CV
  • A letter of recommendation from faculty advisor
  • UW transcript (unofficial is OK)
  • 2-3 page application [Double spaced in 12 pt. font. References should be cited in a consistent style where appropriate, but bibliography does not count toward the page limit.]
    Note: Key points to include within your 2-3 page application.
    Planetary Health is an emerging interdisciplinary field of research and action rooted in understanding the interdependencies of human and natural systems. Please describe your research and how it aligns with planetary health. Be sure to include the following:
  • Explanation of how participation in this scholarship program would benefit you/your research
  • Introduction and summary of your research objectives
  • Background and significance of research
  • Brief overview of research design and methods
  • Description of preliminary data or findings (if available) and next steps

Award Amount
Graduate Student awards of $5,000 each are available for the 2020/21 academic year.
Additionally, $1,000 is available for each student’s faculty advisor (to be distributed as discretionary funds) for the 2020/21 academic year. Five or six awards are expected to be funded per year.

Deadline
1 March 2020

Contact: Questions regarding the scholarship can be sent to globalhealth@ghi.wisc.edu or Valerie Stull [ vstull@wisc.edu ]. Please list Planetary Health Scholarship in the subject line.

Award
$5,000
Organizations
Global Health Institute, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Deadline
03/01/2020
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload a current CV
  2. Please provide the name and email address of your faculty advisor. They will be contacted to provide a letter of recommendation.
  3. Please upload your UW transcript (unofficial is OK)
  4. Please upload your 2-3 page application [Double spaced in 12 pt. font. References should be cited in a consistent style where appropriate, but bibliography does not count toward the page limit.]