The EOS Project at Vanderbilt University supports the development of new curriculum and extra-curricular programming on environment/society issues. This focus recognizes that this generation’s principal challenge is to find ways to redirect the human trajectory away from the precarious future that looms as anthropogenic climate change accelerates, social inequality and insecurity deepen, and rising aspirations are channeled into wasteful cultures of consumption too often impoverishing of community and spirit. The challenges are thoroughly trans-disciplinary, and meeting them requires imagination, creativity, and problem-solving grounded in a firm grasp of the complex, intertwined social, cultural, and ecological forces in play. Eos seeks to empower Vanderbilt students and faculty to seek solutions and forge pathways toward a healthier future.

In Fall 2015, graduate students and faculty (including lecturers) are invited to submit proposals for innovative projects to promote understanding of urgent environmental issues and social action-pathways to respond to the challenges of climate change. We seek proposals from diverse disciplines and Vanderbilt University constituencies, especially those in which attention to environment/society concerns is underdeveloped and ripe for stimulus.

Successful applicants will receive personal research funds, a budget for their project, and appointment as an EOS Environmental Fellow in 2015-16. Proposals may be submitted in two categories:

A topically-focused initiative to develop understanding and/or action on specific issues or ideas during the 2015-16 academic year. Possibilities include (but are not limited to) reading/discussion groups, engagements with guest speakers, field trips, community service projects, film series, participatory performances, art interventions, and other immersive learning experiences. For retreats, low-cost lodging (for up to 8-10 people), meeting space, and outdoor walking/activity facilities are available in the countryside an hour from Nashville.


“Seed project” funding: $1000 in individual research funds and a project budget up to $1000. We also invite joint proposals coordinated by two applicants, each of whom will receive $1000. For larger budget needs, Eos Project personnel may help Fellows to seek additional funding.


“Seed project” deadline: Submit a one-page proposal by Monday, September 14, 2015. Interviews with selected applicants will take place Thursday-Friday, September 17-18. Decisions will be announced September 22, and project funds will be available immediately thereafter.


A discipline-focused initiative to develop more sustainable attention to environmental issues in a department or program’s curriculum and/or extra-curricular programming. Applicants must obtain a statement of support from the Department Chair or Program Director, with a commitment and plan to make this an ongoing part of the program.


“Greening project” funding: $1500 in personal research funds. For joint proposals from two applicants, each will receive $1000. Additional funding may be available to support initial programming or start-up costs in 2015-16.


“Greening project” deadline: Submit a two-page proposal by Monday, September 21st. Interviews with selected applicants will take place Thursday-Friday, September 24-25th.


For application forms and more details on proposal priorities, go to the Grant Applications Page

Later applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For questions and to submit a proposal, email: Beth A. Conklin, Chair, Department of Anthropology: beth.a.conklin@vanderbilt.edu