Summer Challenge Fellowship: LAND-USE

POSTED ON: March 21, 2016


Due to requests for extra time, the CUISD Summer Challenge Fellowship deadline has been EXTENDED UNTIL MONDAY MAY 2nd at 11:00pm EST.

We would like to remind applicants that we are accepting written proposals that articulate a project idea of up to 500 words, there is no minimum word count required.

All fellowship details are below


As the second year of the Institute’s fellowship competition, we invite students to expand on the theme of Visualizing Climate Change to consider Land-Use. We call for project proposals that focus on the relationships between the earth’s biological systems and human activities such as agriculture, deforestation, urbanization, and resource extraction.

Each project should combine scientific research with a visual component that invents a way to represent research findings to a larger audience. The projects will be exhibited at The Cooper Union in the fall of 2016.

Interdisciplinary teams of two or three students from the various schools will be given preference (although individual submissions will also be considered). 

Three fellowships in the amount of $1,500 per project will be awarded in the spring of 2016 for use during the summer of 2016 and the fall 2016 semester. Awards will be made on the basis of merit to students who have attended The Cooper Union for at least one year and who will be enrolled for the 2016–2017 academic year. Fellowships are intended to provide a stipend to students involved in sustainability research. Students who are awarded the fellowships must agree to exhibit their work publicly during the following academic year.


Applications must be submitted to The Cooper Union Institute of Sustainable Design at the following email: by Monday April 18, at 11:00pm EST. Applications should include a proposal (up to 500 words), and may include up to five images that help explain the proposal. The text and images should be sent as one pdf file, not as individual files. Additionally, all team members must submit a digital copy of their academic transcript to the above email.  

A jury from the four faculties of The Cooper Union will select the winners. Results will be announced by Thursday May 6.


Sustainability, living in harmony with the natural processes of the planet, is the central challenge of the twenty first century. No part of that challenge is more pivotal than addressing global warming, the alteration of earth’s climate dynamics.

The mission of The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design is to promote leadership in sustainability within The Cooper community. As part of that effort, the Institute will award a student fellowship for scientific and visual research on a chosen theme of sustainability.

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