The Institute on the Environment announces call for new Fellows and Affiliates
The Institute on the Environment is excited to launch a new Fellows and Affiliates program as part of its commitment to bring together innovators from across the University and beyond to solve complex environmental challenges.
Faculty fellows have been essential members — the foundation — of the IonE community since it began and have helped establish IonE as one of the premier environmental think tanks in the country. This new program will expand on the current fellows program and offer openings for early-career faculty, visiting scholars and others.
Under the new program, individuals may formally affiliate with IonE in one of four ways:
- IonE Fellows: foundational members of IonE, composed of senior faculty and others of similar rank with a track record of transformative and interdisciplinary environmental work
- IonE Associates: early-career researchers who are developing skills in interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship
- IonE Visiting Scholars: professionals in residence at IonE
- IonE Educators: academic leaders seeking to advance sustainability education inside and outside the University.
Benefits of affiliation include eligibility for IonE grants and matching research support, access to services such as IonE’s communications support, and the use of IonE facilities for research and meetings. In return, affiliates are expected to contribute to the IonE community through participation in events and other collaborative and interdisciplinary activities.
“Fellows have been the lifeblood of the Institute, and we are excited to expand the program and welcome new members to the IonE community,” said Jessica Hellmann, IonE director. “IonE is helping to create a more interdisciplinary and externally engaged University by bringing scholars together and giving transformative researchers and teachers the recognition and opportunity they deserve.”
In addition to the creation of new categories, the new program increases focus on education and building the interdisciplinary capacity of the broader University community. IonE will also begin hosting an annual meeting for fellows, affiliates, friends of the Institute, partners and others in 2017.
The application/nomination deadline is September 15, 2016 for IonE fellows, associates and visiting scholars. IonE educators deadline is September 22. Please share this announcement with fellow environmental innovators across the University of Minnesota — and outside the U — who might be interested in a formal affiliation with IonE.