Climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss, and other environmental challenges affect everyone, but their impacts are felt most by those who are the most vulnerable. This includes historically underserved and marginalized communities, especially communities of color. Coupled with environmental challenges, social and health inequities disproportionately affect these vulnerable communities; emphasizing the need to raise awareness of these injustices, support community-based solutions, and empower community members for change. As the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex — with 21 museums, the National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, numerous science and cultural research centers, including the newly launched Center for Environmental Justice at the Anacostia Community Museum — the Smithsonian Institution strives to play a leading role in addressing environmental justice.* Given the complexity of this challenge ahead, the Smithsonian seeks to convene diverse perspectives from a multitude of stakeholders, especially those closest and most impacted by the challenges, to inform and identify solutions. For any solution to be effective, rights and stakeholders must take into account the role of science, art, history, and culture in our society.
The Smithsonian will award two to five 2-year Environmental Justice Fellowships starting in Fall 2023. Fellows will be able to leverage the Institution's vast resources and expertise to study environmental injustice and inform potential solutions. All proposals are welcome, but the following focus areas have been suggested by Smithsonian scholars who are poised to serve as advisors.
*Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
Deadline: August 31, 2023.
Notification Date: Fall 2023
Term: 24 months (in residence)
Stipend: Recipients will receive a stipend of $62,000 per year. Stipends are prorated for periods of less than 24 months. A maximum research allowance up to $10,000 is available for the fellowship period.
Potential research themes include, but are not limited to: