The wicked socio-environmental challenges of our time such as climate change, water pollution and scarcity, and emerging infectious diseases disproportionately affect marginalized communities around the globe. These environmental injustices will only escalate in years to come without innovation and purposeful intervention. Recognizing this urgency, the Global Change Center seeks to provide interdisciplinary training to a diverse community of aspiring leaders. Our broad aims are to engage students in difficult discussions of complex socioenvironmental problems, learn from their diverse perspectives and life experiences, and equip them with the skills needed to drive change in communities in the U.S. and abroad.
Because environmental injustices must be solved in collaboration with the underserved communities most affected by global changes, we seek to attract the next generation of leaders from under-represented groups to Virginia Tech. With support from the Fralin Life Sciences Institute and the Virginia Tech Graduate School, we will award two Diversity Fellowships to outstanding applicants in the upcoming academic year.
Incoming first year PhD students are eligible to apply (to begin Fall of 2022). Fellows will enroll in a degree-granting program as well as the Interfaces of Global Change Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGC IGEP), where they will be part of a vibrant community of students and faculty from 22 diverse academic departments at Virginia Tech. Fellows will gain their technical depth of expertise through their degree granting program, while broadening their interdisciplinary perspective and collaboration skills through the IGC IGEP.