The Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy (RISE) is seeking proposals from UMass Lowell faculty members and students interested in pursuing sustainability-related research, education, or engagement projects for its 2021-2022 RISE Fellowship Program. 

RISE brings together the university’s efforts across climate change mitigation, resilience, and energy innovation and formalizes partnerships between the Office of Sustainability, the Climate Change Initiative, and renewable energy engineering. RISE will integrate UML’s research, education, and action on important issues associated with sustainability. It will strengthen and coordinate opportunities for students through innovative sustainability education and real-world student-led projects. 

  • UMass Lowell undergraduate students are invited to submit a brief proposal describing a research, education, or engagement project that furthers sustainability on the UMass Lowell campus and beyond. Proposed project areas include, but are not limited to projects that:

    • Reduce UMass Lowell’s greenhouse gas emissions;
    • Engage the student body with our sustainability-related initiatives;
    • Enhance partnerships between the University and the City of Lowell to move shared sustainability goals forward; or
    • Conduct new sustainability-related research.

    Submissions should include:

    • A project description not to exceed one page;
    • A brief timeline and budget justification (not to exceed an additional page).
    • A brief resume that provides evidence of qualifications needed to execute the proposed project.
    • A letter of support from a faculty mentor who will advise the RISE Undergraduate Fellow throughout the project.

    RISE Undergraduate Fellows will be awarded $5,000 that can be used for a stipend or to provide financial support for their project.

    Application deadline extended to Friday, Aug. 13, 2021

    Please submit application materials through the RISE Fellowships Online Application Form.

    Please email: Sustainability@uml.edu with any questions.

  • UMass Lowell graduate students are invited to submit a brief proposal describing a research, education, or engagement project that furthers sustainability on the UMass Lowell campus and beyond. Proposed project areas include, but are not limited to projects that:

    • Reduce UMass Lowell’s greenhouse gas emissions;
    • Engage the student body with our sustainability-related initiatives;
    • Enhance partnerships between the University and the City of Lowell to move shared sustainability goals forward; or
    • Conduct new sustainability-related research.

    Submissions should include:

    • A project description not to exceed one page;
    • A brief timeline and budget justification (not to exceed an additional page).
    • A brief resume that provides evidence of qualifications needed to execute the proposed project; 
    • A letter of support from a faculty mentor who will advise the RISE Graduate Fellow throughout the project.

    RISE Graduate Fellows will be awarded $12,000 that can be used for a stipend or to provide financial support for their project. 

    Application deadline extended to Friday, Aug. 13, 2021

    Please submit application materials through the RISE Fellowships Online Application Form.

    Please email: Sustainability@uml.edu with any questions.

  • UMass Lowell faculty members are invited to submit a brief proposal describing a research, education, or engagement project that furthers sustainability on the UMass Lowell campus and beyond. Proposed project areas include, but are not limited to projects that:

    • Expand UMass Lowell’s sustainability-related course offerings by developing a new course or developing curriculum and offering professional development that enables multiple faculty members to integrate new sustainability-related content into their own courses. We are especially interested in the development of new courses to support sustainability education at UMass Lowell;
    • Develop preliminary research or external funding to bring new sustainability-related research to UMass Lowell or
    • Enhance partnerships with the City of Lowell or Commonwealth that expand research and education-related opportunities for students and faculty.

    Submissions should include:

    • A project description and relevant qualifications not to exceed one page;
    • A brief timeline and budget justification (not to exceed an additional page).

    RISE Faculty Fellows will receive $15,000 that can be used for a course buy-out or to provide financial support for their proposed project.

    Application deadline extended to Friday, Aug. 13, 2021

    Please submit application materials through the RISE Fellowships Online Application Form.

    Please email: Sustainability@uml.edu with any questions.

Apply For A RISE Fellowship

Please select the intended RISE Fellowship position below to review application requirements. This application portal will remain open until Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. For more information, please email: sustainability@uml.edu.