Planetary Health Scholars

The Scholars Program

The Planetary Health Graduate Scholarship program supports and brings together University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate and professional students and their professors working in the field of planetary Health. It will foster dialogue across campus to encourage a mindset shift toward research that considers the interdependencies between the health of the planet and the health of humans.

The application period for 2021-2022 is closed.

The scholarships will be administered by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Events related to the scholarship program will be organized by the Global Health Institute (GHI).

In the 2020-2021 academic year, five scholarships will be awarded to graduate and professional students who are currently working with faculty members engaged with GHI. The recipients will provide input, help determine the current planetary health landscape at the university and support the development of the program.

Applications for the 2021-2022 Planetary Health Graduate Scholarships will be open from February 1 to March 1, 2021. Students and their advisors will be informed of acceptance by April 1, and awards will be formally later in the spring semester.

The aim of the scholarship is to create community around the interdisciplinary concept of planetary health by creating a cohort of scholarship recipients and advisor working in the field.

Students, who must be admitted and enrolled graduate and professional students at UW-Madison, will receive $3,500 each to support their academic planetary health-related research. The scholarship payments, half each semester, will be applied to student tuition accounts for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students will be required to participate in planetary health cohort activities, compile a year-end report and present a flash talk about their work.

Each faculty advisor will receive $500 in discretionary funds to a campus 233 project that supports student research, promotes planetary health partnerships or covers related meeting/conference participation.