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Hixon Student Fellowship Applications for 2022

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Hixon Student Fellowships - Applications due March 11, 2022

Up to seven student grants ($7,000 max each) will be awarded competitively to Yale School of the Environment students interested in conducting natural and social science research in cities that advances the Hixon Center mission. Funds for Hixon Fellowships are intended to support full-time summer research endeavors. 

In support of the project during the fall 2022 term, students must take a 3-credit project course to complete their research/project manuscript. Projects must be completed by mid-December 2022. The award will be provided in 3 installments: 50% upon acceptance of the proposal; 25% upon enrollment in the project course in September; and the final 25% upon completion of the project course, and receipt of an abstract and of a minimum 10-page final report (which will be published on the Hixon website).

Application Submission Guidelines: Proposals should include maximum 3-page narrative, budget and identify a faculty advisor, who should send a one paragraph letter of support indicating willingness to guide your research including the summer field season and the fall project course. The student’s narrative should describe the project, including methods, and any hypotheses to be tested in the case of research proposals. Proposals must include an explicit outreach component to share your research results with the public, such as a podcast, Op-Ed, practitioner tool or other deliverable. Applications should make it clear how the project is mainly urban, especially in cases where study sites are not entirely within cities. Budgets can include reasonable living costs but should not contain salaries for assistants.

Our evaluation criteria will assess: 1) research design; 2) justification (importance of research); 3) feasibility (applicant’s preparation in theory and methods; logistical planning and timetable); and 4) how applicants research will be shared with the public. Please direct proposals to by 4:00 pm on March 11, 2022. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend presentations by the 2021 Fellows on January 28 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom (link). Successful applicants will be notified by March 21, 2022. Please contact Colleen Murphy-Dunning (203-432-6570) with any questions.

Note for Summer 2022: In light of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, we do not yet know whether Yale-funded travel will be permitted for the summer of 2022. You are advised to make summer plans with caution, taking into account that your proposed project may be subject to restrictions or may need to be carried out remotely.

Cary-Yale Urban Collaboratory Research Assistant - Spring 2022

The vision of the Cary-Yale Urban Collaboratory is to generate scientific knowledge to enable people to envision and create more ecological and socially sustainable, vibrant and equitable urban places. The Collaboratory would leverage existing strengths and research at both institutions to amplify research impact. 

Research will draw on work in the Hudson Valley Region and the Greater New Haven Region. The Collaboratory will also conduct synthesis activities–building on the pioneering history of synthetic Cary Conferences–with the goal of being a repository of global urban ecology knowledge and action. The Collaboratory aims to be a knowledge portal on strategies that worked in different cities and those that didn’t, lessons learned, and streaming research to action.

The RA position will require up to 10 hours/week; hours are generally flexible. Pay will be at established Yale rates.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Flexible, creative thinker, and able to interpret and communicate data, science, and trends across varied fields.
  • Knowledge of urban ecology, urbanization, spatial analysis, environmental management, and environmental justice.
  • Experience conducting background research and literature reviews.
  • Experience in finding and analyzing data. Familiarity with ArcGIS and R or Python is a plus.
  • Organized and with good attention to detail.
  • Self-starter and independent worker.
  • Familiar with MS Office Suite, Dropbox, Zoom.

Applications: send resumes and cover letter to Required: title your email subject line “Application for Cary-Yale Urban Collaboratory Research Assistant.”

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