delware environmental institute

Environmental Fellows

Bridging Science and Society

The DENIN Environmental Fellows Program supports doctoral students carrying out environmentally relevant research at the University of Delaware. The goal of the program is to help prepare students whose scientific research and interests demonstrate a clear link to societal needs and benefits. We anticipate that, over time, DENIN Fellows will pursue diverse careers across academia, the public and private sectors.

DENIN Fellows are selected to function as a team for two years and work together in ways that complement their primary academic programs. Fellows participate in and lead a select number of DENIN events and activities each year, including symposia and seminar series. DENIN will provide opportunities for networking with domestic and international scientists and leaders, as well as for professional development in areas such as effectively communicating science. Fellows may also propose new initiatives. 

Fellows are selected by a committee of internal and external reviewers. The fellowships include a $30,000 annual stipend. A cost-of-education allowance is also permitted; applicants may request up to $6,680 per year to be used for tuition, research supplies, or research-related travel. Fellowships are paid over a two-year period, as long as the Fellow remains in good standing academically. DENIN Fellows may not have concurrent RA or TA positions.

Address questions regarding the fellowship or the application process to DENIN Associate Director Jeanette Miller by email or by calling 302--831-4167.

Application Instructions for the 2014–2016 Cohort:

The application deadline for the 2014–16 cohort is July 18.  The following application materials should be assembled into a single PDF document in the following order: 1) proposal, 2) resume and 3) transcripts.

Proposal: 7 pages
Address the following questions in your proposal. Adhere to all page limits.
a) Context — Discuss your background and how you became interested in your research area. (1 page)
b) Intellectual Merit — Discuss the research you are carrying out and why it is significant. Note areas of innovation. Include a timeline of your core activities. (2 pages)
c) Broader Impacts — What are the social dimensions or implications of your work?  How will your work address a societal need or provide a benefit to society? How will you engage others outside of your immediate research community? What prior experience do you have in communicating science to nonacademic audiences (2 pages)
d) References Cited (1 page)
e) Budget — Prepare a two-year budget for the fellowship period. (1 page)

Resume: 2 pages
Provide a resume that includes your education, work experience, honors, awards and publications. (2 pages)

Transcripts: no page limit
Provide a copy of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts.  (Unofficial transcripts are fine.)

Combine your proposal, resume and transcripts into a single PDF file.  If you do not have the software to create a PDF document, you can access it at the media center in the UD Library. Submit your PDF document to Jeanette Miller ( via the University of Delaware dropbox service by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 18. Be sure to request notification of your file being opened.

Letters of recommendation: no page limit
Request a letter of recommendation from your academic adviser and a second faculty member. When you request your recommendation letters, be sure to let faculty know of some key points to include, as described below. Ask your references to send their letters via dropbox  to Jeanette Miller by the July 18 deadline mentioned above.

Adviser letter — Your academic adviser’s letter should discuss your potential as an environmental researcher who is able to link science and engineering research to societal needs. Your adviser should a) state a commitment to support you academically and financially after the fellowship concludes and  b) to support your work as a member of the DENIN Environmental Fellows team, who will help to organize (both intellectually and logistically) several environmental meetings and events each year. DENIN Fellows will also receive communications coaching as part of the fellowship.

Second faculty recommendation letter — Request your second letter from a faculty member who knows you and your work well. The second letter could be from a former research mentor or from a faculty member who knows you well from a class. 

Applicants will be notified about the status of their application on August 1.