Fellows Program

We are excited that you are interested in
ESDRI's Fellows Program!

ESDRI's fellows are engaged undergraduate students interested in research and creative activities relating to the environment and sustainability. They come from diverse backgrounds and have many different majors and together we are building a collaborative community focussed on environmental issues. Our fellows typically meet a few times per year, with opportunities for extracurricular events too, such as community engagement or service projects. Fellows foster change by engaging in meaningful experiences that connect them to each other and the world around them. They shape the future by supporting emerging advocates and connecting them with experts that are well-versed in environmental topics.


  • Building interest in and connections to research and creative activities
  • Assistance with research or creative activity placement
  • Research and/or professional advising
  • Eligibility for research or creative activity funding
  • Meet other like-minded students and faculty
  • Stay in the loop with environmentally focused information
  • Add this fellowship and the skills you build to your resumé

Expectations for fellows:

  • Attend the Fellows Program meetings (hosted once per fall and spring term).
  • Participate in at least one other ESDRI event per semester; summer term is optional.
  • If conducting projects, share your research or creative activities with fellows. 
  • If funding is received, present ESDRI-funded research or creative activities at a university symposium or conference.

Open to:

Any current undergraduate student at Kent State University. We enjoy working with students across the campuses and all majors/minors.

Application details:

  • Accepted year-round
  • Approximately 10 minutes to complete

application for fellowship

What to do after you have applied

Thank you for applying to the Environmental Science and Design Research Institute's Fellows Program! We look forward to supporting you throughout your journey at Kent State University.  

  • You should receive a response from esdri@kent.edu within one week.
    • Upon submission, you will automatically be added to ESDRI's listserv, which features the institute's latest news, events, and communications.
    • Upon acceptance, we will reach out to you to schedule a conversation about your interests. We would like to get to know you better and offer our help connecting you to campus resources.
  • Remember, there are a few expectation for maintaining your fellowship (listed above).  

If you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. We look forward to welcoming you into the Fellows Program!

Active Fellows

Have you already received an acceptance letter into the institute's Fellows Program?  If so, congratulations and you are now eligible for funding related to your research or creative activities!

Helpful reminders:

  • Continue to meet the program's expectations (see above) and communicate with us to remain eligible.  
  • If conducting research or creative activities and applying for funding, you must identify KSU faculty who will oversee it. Give them a heads up that you are requesting funding because they will need to submit a letter of recommendation for the project. 

Preview application form:
View the application for funding
Submit application:
Begin the application for funding