Rising Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship

October 23, 2022

Rising Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Environmental Sciences

The UVA Department of Environmental Sciences seeks to recruit and support a postdoctoral fellow from any field within the environmental sciences through the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Mellon Foundation. We also encourage applicants whose scientific research informs environmental justice. This opportunity is part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ mission to support career development for scholars from underrepresented groups. We seek a scholar who will thrive in our interdisciplinary department that includes hydrologists, atmospheric scientists, ecologists, and geoscientists. The Fellow will join a College-wide cohort of postdoctoral scholars, providing a wider community for networking and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Fellow will conduct original research and teaching, with mentorship from a faculty member with allied research interests and within the Department of Environmental Sciences. As part of their research, the Fellow will publish papers, present at conferences, and have opportunities to mentor students and develop skills for writing grant proposals. After completing a course design experience, the Fellow is expected to teach one course per year that aligns with their professional development goals. The fellowship includes a base salary of $55,000 with the possibility of additional salary from the Department, benefits including portable retirement contributions, and a research fund of $3,500.

Eligibility and Application: Prospective applicants should contact a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Sciences before applying to discuss the fellowship and potential research and teaching opportunities. To be eligible, applicants must have received or will receive their Ph.D. degree between August 24, 2020 and August 24, 2023. There is no citizenship requirement. The Fellow will be appointed for two years contingent on a successful annual review. International scholars are eligible and if selected, are expected to immediately begin the visa process with support from UVA.


Applications should be submitted by January 15, 2023 for full consideration. A full description of the application components and a link to the application portal are posted at https://graduate.as.virginia.edu/rising-scholars. The website encompasses multiple fellowship opportunities under the College-wide Rising Scholars Program. For additional questions regarding the program within Environmental Sciences, please contact Howard Epstein, Department Chair (hee2b@virginia.edu).