Chatham University

Falk School Fellowship and Assistantship Programs

Eden Hall Fellows Scholarship Program

The Eden Hall Fellows program is open to all graduate students in the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment who can show they are committed to carrying on the legacy of Sebastian Mueller's achievements in business, social entrepreneurship, and commitment to improving the quality of life in our region.

Five new and five returning Falk School students will receive:

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Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships are available to full-time graduate students. These positions provide students with the opportunity to conduct research with a faculty member, assist with teaching responsibilities, or participate in and organize departmental or campus projects. Each position requires 10-15 hours per week of work during the academic year. In addition to providing financial assistance, these positions offer students valuable hands-on experience, expanded learning opportunities, and professional skill development.

Assistantships and Fellowships are awarded in the form of tuition remission and can provide a student with significant cost savings, depending on the number of credits taken per term. (Dollar amounts vary by position. Please contact your Admission counselor for specific details). Newly admitted graduate students for fall 2017 will be given preference in the awarding of these positions.

Chatham also offers a limited number of paid graduate Student Employment positions in various academic and administrative departments across campus. These positions are paid hourly, and individuals may hold both an assistantship and a campus work position, up to 19 hours per week. A listing of available positions for which students can apply is available to all deposited students. Please contact your Admission counselor for futher information.

Food Studies & Dual Food Studies/MBA

Agroecology Assistant

The responsibilities of this position include 1) comparative research on the ecosystem services provided by different forms of urban to rural agriculture, 2) participatory research with community stakeholders designed to enhance the sustainability of agroecological systems, and 3) agroecological experiments at the Eden Hall campus. (Dr. Alice Julier)

Eden Hall Project Assistant

This position will help to integrate demonstration, research and education projects as an instrumental component of the overall Falk School curriculum and Eden Hall farm plan. Tasks will include some farm and garden work in order to learn the basics of sustainable agriculture, and will include planning, record keeping, summary analysis and promotion on the status of various projects. (Dr. Alice Julier)

Experiential Learning Assistant

This position will be responsible for assisting with building and refining course materials, especially for a series of integrated or thematic courses within the food studies curriculum. Includes not only traditional classroom preparation but also organization of field trips, development of culinary workshops, care of livestock, and other hands-on activities for courses such as Meat, Chocolate, and Dairy. (Dr. Nadine Lehrer)

Health and Wellness Assistant

This position will support a variety of initiatives, proposed research and development of presentations focusing on human health and wellness as it applies to food access issues and the alternative food system. Includes participation in grant-writing; PowerPoint creation; and outlining and writing presentations and papers for publication. Additionally, the position may aid in the organization and delivery of community-based health and wellness programs as needed and as time allows. (Professor Mim Seidel)


Sustainability & Dual Sustainability/MBA

Ecological Research Assistant

The position will be primarily tasked with supporting research efforts in the ecological sciences conducted in the Falk School of Sustainability. Position obligations will involve a mix of tasks in the field, laboratory, and database management system. The position will involve some degree of flexibility and work may contribute to thesis research. (Dr. Ryan Utz)

K-12 Program Assistant and Educator

This position will work with the K-12 Education Coordinator to design and implement events and courses that connect the Falk School to the local educational community. This includes the scheduling, planning, and execution of year-round programming, including but not limited to summer camps, school partnerships, site visits, open houses, academic challenges, Chatham student trainings, and apprenticeships. (Kelly Henderson)

Sustainability Metrics Assistant

This position has primary responsibility for research, emissions audit data collection and recording for Chatham's climate initiative and other sustainability reporting (including, but not limited to, AASHE STARS, and ISCN). The assistant will conduct research on sustainability initiatives and projects, including costs and funding opportunities; prepare reports, analysis and recommendations; assist the Sustainability Coordinator with program development and implementation, including but not limited to event organizing, presentations, publications, and community activities; provide assistance on shared programs with other departments and centers as applicable, including assistance to student organizations; and help support Climate Committee work. (Dr. Mary Whitney)

Sustainable Technology Assistant

This position will 1) help build course materials focused on linkages between renewable energy, society and the environment, and 2) support ongoing research on the use of solar energy and other renewable energy sources in energy intensive industries in the European Union. Task for this project will be quite varied, including researching solar energy projects in Europe, collecting and evaluating data, and researching policies supporting residential solar electricity generation. (Dr. Iris Grossman)


Dual Degree Students - Food Studies/MBA or Sustainability/MBA

Promotions & Social Media Coordinator (available to dual MAFS/MBA or MSUS/MBA students)

This position will work with the Business & Entrepreneurship Team for Social Media management (WordPress, Facebook, LinkedIn, weekly newsletter, Moodle, Trello, bulletin boards). The job involves developing content; interviewing and following up with students, faculty, alumni, etc.; researching, formatting, editing, posting, and tracking progress; assisting with events, including the developing flyers, planning events, inviting attendees, promoting events to classmates, and attending event. (Ginger Polozoff)


Falk School of Sustainability - General

Internship Assistant

This position will work with the Falk School Internship Coordinator to help find and keep track of internships, interns and related paperwork; visit potential sites; and aid in evaluation of internship sites. (Professor Mim Seidel)

Sustainability Engagement Researcher

This position will work with Dr. Macagno and Dr. DeLong to support research on employee engagement on sustainability with Highmark, which has agreed to a series of focus groups. (Dr. Tom Macagno)


Key Deadlines & Application Information

  • Assistantship applications are available here.
  • The priority deadline to submit an assistantship application is January 15, 2017.
  • Review of assistantship applications will begin in mid-January, and award notifications will be made on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Most award notifications will be made in February and early March.
  • Award recipients will be given a specific deadline by which they must accept the award. To accept, they must (1) submit a tuition deposit to confirm enrollment in their academic program, and (2) return a signed copy of an employment contract that is received with the award notification.