Faculty Fellowship

The Sustainability Faculty Fellowship is an award program that supports Florida A&M University faculty who are making outstanding research, teaching or service contributions to the University and beyond in the area of sustainability. The program promotes interdisciplinary collaborations and sustainability scholarship by providing teaching release time, research seed money and opportunities to engage with a broad, interdisciplinary audience on and off campus. In turn, Faculty Fellows increase productivity, position themselves for significant external funding, while also supporting the goals of the SI; to advance the research and application of innovations that support the long term health and viability of people and the planet.


APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2016-2017 COHORT ARE CLOSED. Next application will be in Spring 2017.


Benefits to Faculty

  • Professional recognition and research productivity
  • Increased opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Potential future salary enhancements

Benefits to the University

  • Increased portfolio of interdisciplinary projects and initiatives
  • A community of academics that can be mobilized to respond to funding opportunities that otherwise would not be possible
  • Expansion of the active sustainability researcher network;
  • increased visibility and impact of sustainability research


Each Fellow will receive $5,000 as seed money to initiate or advance a sustainability related research or extension project. Funds are allocated in an SI account and Fellows receive concierge services to utilize for research program related expenses only (no salary) and within the award year. A maximum of 4 new Fellows will be awarded annually, as funding allows

Fellowship Terms

  • Fellowships are for one academic year (August – June)
  • Applications are recieved and Fellows are selected in the Spring semester.
  • Fellowships begin in the following Fall semester (August). Fellowship may also start in the Summer of that academic year, beginning July 1, if feasible (determined on an individual basis).
  • SI may negotiate release time of up to one 3 credit hour course for two semesters with the respective dean or department head such that a Fellow can devote time to perform his/her proposed research/extension project.

Fellows’ Contribution

  • Provide research and/or education program and product information to be included on the Institute’s website and newsletters
  • Present their research in a FAMU-wide seminar
  • Coordinate at least one interdisciplinary proposal through the Institute for external funding during their one-year tenure
  • Promote the Institute across campus and externally

Expectations upon Completion of Fellowship Term

Institute Fellows shall provide a short report (maximum of three-pages) reviewing their contributions and accomplishments during the period they held the Institute Fellowship and their expectations for future contributions.


Fellows should reflect their award in email signatures and on published papers. The title is: “Faculty Fellow, Sustainability Institute”

Fellows are required to acknowledge SI support in published materials, posters, talks, and power points that are related to the funded project. Below is some suggested text:

"This work was supported [optional: in part] by Florida A&M University's Sustainability Institute (FAMU SI)."

If approached by media for a quote or story concering your funded project, please include your Sustainability Institute affiliation.  This is one of the best ways to raise FAMU’s visibility in the sustainability arena.


  • Full-time Assistant, Associate and Full Professors (9- and 12-month faculty appointments) who have been on the FAMU faculty for at least two years (as of May 31 in the year of nomination) are eligible. Adjunct or part-time faculty members are not eligible.
  • Applicants must meet FAMU’s principal investigator eligibility http://www.famu.edu/DOR_division_of_research/Principal%20Investigator%20Eligibility.pdf
  • Department Chairs and Deans (all levels) are not eligible.
  • Faculty members are eligible for re-nomination following a two-year hiatus after holding an Institute Fellowship.


Candidates must have research or extension interests with major emphasis on sustainability issues, with outputs that are likely to lead to distinction in the field. The primary selection criteria include:

  1. Evidence of a strong interdisciplinary research, education, or extension interest and experience that has a major focus on sustainability issues;
  2. Research productivity in the past three years;
  3. Potential for intellectual and professional growth;
  4. Enthusiasm for collaborative engagement, and
  5. Commitment to contribute to SI initiatives during the Fellow award duration.

Selection Process

The SI Advisory Council reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the SI leadership (Faculty Director and Executive Director) for up to 5 Faculty Fellows per academic year, as funding allows. The SI leadership team makes the final decisions based on the criteria. Eligible members of the Advisory Council can be nominated for the fellowship but may not be part of the voting discussions or selection process during the year they are nominated.


Eligible faculty may apply online with the following supporting documents:

  • A short application statement (2 pages max) documenting
    • current and past contributions to interdisciplinary research, education, or extension programs that advances sustainability knowledge and practice,
    • the proposed contributions during the one-year term if they are selected as Fellows and
    • A brief narrative budget for the research seed fund.
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A letter of support from the candidate’s Department Chair and/or colleague documenting the candidate’s contributions in his/her field of expertise.

Sustainability Faculty Fellowship Application

Application Timeline

Completed applications due – April 30, 2016.

Notification of award – May 27, 2016

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