The purpose of the Fellowship is to create a unique opportunity for an emerging professional and/or academic who would benefit most from support to conduct research, to teach, and to be mentored by faculty during the term of the fellowship. The award includes $72,000 paid as salary to the fellow and an additional $5,000 awarded as a discretionary stipend for travel, research, and exhibition-related expenses.
The McHarg Center’s mission is to build on the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design’s position as a global leader in urban ecological design. It brings environmental and social scientists together with planners, designers, policymakers, and communities to develop practical, innovative ways of improving the quality of life in the places most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. It adheres to the values set forward by Justice and Belonging at Weitzman School of Design.
Though the structure of the Fellowship is flexible and negotiable, it is expected that the fellow be in residence from August 1, 2024 through May 31, 2025 and undertake both teaching and research at the Weitzman School of Design. The fellow will be assigned teaching roles as part of a team in the August Summer Institute and in a core landscape design studio during the fall semester (either “501”, which focuses on the fundamentals of site-based inquiry and design, or “601”, which focuses on regional-scale social and ecological systems), as well as a new elective seminar related to their research during the spring semester. The fellow is expected to conduct research concurrently and participate in the intellectual and cultural life of the school. They will be invited to present their work-in-progress to the standing faculty of the Department of Landscape Architecture at least once during their fellowship appointment, and to make a public presentation of their work during their final semester. The department’s faculty is available to support and mentor the fellow during their fellowship year.
The Department does not provide office space, a computer, specialized software, or materials. Research carrels in the Fisher Fine Arts Library may be available and/or shared office space in other areas of the school. The fellow will have access to all Penn libraries, the Weitzman Fabrication Lab, and the Architectural Archives. This fellowship is a visiting position and would allow access to the ACA affordable insurance coverages. ACA Affordable Care Act (upenn.edu)