HEI is excited to launch its new Summer Fellowship Program! The program aims to encourage undergraduate students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the environmental health sciences to explore research opportunities in this area.
We have formed a joint HEI/ISEE/ISES committee that will select prospective fellows and match them with mentors at academic or other nonprofit institutions, and in state or local governments. HEI intends to continue the fellowship program on an annual basis.
Fellowship applications will open in mid December. Stay tuned!
Paid summer fellowship
Environmental health research
Rising college juniors and seniors
Underrepresented in environmental health
U.S. based program
Expect to award 4 fellowships
To initiate this program, we are inviting researchers at academic or other nonprofit institutions, and in state or local governments, to apply to mentor and host an undergraduate student in their group during the Summer of 2023. Environmental health fields are defined broadly and include environmental exposures, epidemiology, and public health among other areas. Types of opportunities might include bench science, data analysis, field work, and modeling. Specific research projects will be defined closer to the outreach to potential fellowship applicants in mid-December.
If you would like to mentor a summer fellow as part of this program, please answer some questions about yourself and your research. We would like you to tell us what the fellow can expect in terms of the research environment, who will supervise them and how often, how many fellow students they may interact with, which portions of research and meetings will be in person versus remote, and whether the institution can provide additional support (for example, housing). This information will not be used to select mentors; we welcome all to serve in this role! Rather, it is meant to provide prospective fellows with information that helps them choose which project they may want to apply for.
Mentorship applications are now closed. Because we can award only 4 fellowships and will prioritize the student applicants in making matches, please note that we might not be able to match you with a fellow. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Potential applicants to the summer fellowship should self-identify as coming from an underrepresented or disadvantaged background defined as follows:
1) Indigenous or underrepresented race or ethnicity group; 2) Individuals with disabilities (physical or mental impairments that substantially limit major life activities); 3) Other socially disadvantaged groups (first-generation students, sexual orientation/gender identity, or other).
Applicants should be authorized to work in the United States. The fellowship application process will open in mid-December 2022. Stay tuned for more detailed information.
We expect to select 4 fellows and match them with a mentor of their choice. Decisions will be made no later than March 2023. Stipends will be $6500 for a 10- to 12-week fellowship to cover travel, housing, and other expenses. To foster connections among fellows, we will plan several activities throughout the program. We will invite fellows to present the results of their summer research project during a webinar at the end of the program. More details to follow.
HEI, ISEE, and ISES have formed a joint committee to manage the fellowship program. HEI thanks both societies for their support and time, and prospective mentors for taking these summer fellows under their wing. Members of the joint committee are as follows:
Carrie Breton, University of Southern California and ISEE North America Chapter Executive Council; Christine Ekenga, Emory University and ISES Diversity Committee; Donghai Liang, Emory University and ISES Diversity Committee; Beate Ritz, University of California—Los Angeles and ISEE Capacity Building and Education Committee.
Additional support is provided by Ellen Mantus, Elise Elliott, Allison Patton, and Annemoon van Erp at HEI.