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equity graduate student fellowship

ASEH created this fellowship to recognize graduate students from an underrepresented group for their achievements in environmental history research, to expand ASEH membership, and to broaden the topics of study in the field. The fellowship provides a single payment of $1,000 for Ph.D. graduate student research and travel in the field of environmental history, without geographical restriction. The funds must be used to support primary research and travel during 2021.

The ASEH Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity will review the applications and select the recipient. Students enrolled in Ph.D. programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic Serving Institutions are strongly encouraged to apply, although the Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity will consider applications from students from any underrepresented group. Students must be members of ASEH at the time of their application to be eligible for this award.

The recipient will be selected and notified in January 2021 for funding in 2021.

To apply, please submit the following three items:

        • Two-page statement (500 words) explaining your project and how you intend to use the research funds.
        • A c.v. no more than two pages in length.
        • A letter of recommendation from your graduate advisor (can be sent separately by your graduate advisor) 

All items for the Equity Graduate Student Fellowship must be submitted electronically through THIS FORM by November 20, 2020.

Submitting a recommendation letter? Submit here.


The 2020 Equity Graduate Student Fellowship was awarded to Ramya Swayamprakash for research on dredging in the Detroit River as a political, technological, and territorializing process from 1865 to 1930.

The 2019 Equity Graduate Student Fellowship was awarded to Kyuhhun Han the project “Seeing the Forest Like a State: Forest Management, Wildlife Conservation, and Center-Periphery Relations in Northeast China, 1949 – 1988.”

The 2018 Equity Graduate Student Fellowship was awarded to Isacar Bolañas for research on "Conquering Nature in Ottoman Iraq, 1831-1917.”

The 2017 Equity Graduate Student Fellowship was awarded to Sean Harvey, Northwestern University, for research on “Assembly Lines: Maquilas and the Making of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1932-1992.”



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