Summer Independent Study – Environmental Studies, 2018
EcoUniv is a social enterprise in Pune in environmental & sustainability education and consulting.
Our independent study program is meant to encourage participants to acquire interdisciplinary knowledge in environmental studies on their own.
|What is an independent Study||Independent Study is typically a 1-4 month program where a student chooses a particular area of interest within their field of study and reads books and research papers with that focus. Independent studies may also contain action components where the student develops a model, a research hypothesis or research plan, a software program, conduct expert interviews, or conduct preliminary field research/data collection to form initial understanding about an idea or an issue.
|Independent study at EcoUniv||We intend to work with participants who wish to work on the intersection of environment/natural resources/ecosystems/landscapes/biodiversity and other fields like history, agriculture, economics, social systems, education, industrial systems, technology, energy, environmental problems, man-nature relationship, urban issues, equity, governance, environmental law, globalization, financial systems, protected areas, wildlife conservation, etc.
3-4 Participants may choose their topic of independent study in consultation with us and conduct their study on their own, with periodic meetings with us as a sounding board or mentor, and to provide study pointers. 3-4 meetings will be useful to have during the study duration.
The outcome of the study could be a report, a research plan for further research (e.g. an idea for a paper, or an idea for a future Master’s or PhD program), a booklet or a case study, and so on. It is completely left to the candidate. At the least, it could be simply enriched understanding about the field of interest.
|When and Where||May, 2018
For meetings, our offices are at The Mesh co-working, off Senapati Bapat Road, Pune
|Fees||Free of charge, but candidates must bear their own expenses related to the study, if any|
|Minimum Eligibility||· Any Master’s students in environmental studies or the above interdisciplinary fields
· Any bachelor’s degree / final year students AND Has taken any post-graduate diploma or certificate course in one or more areas of environmental studies or sustainability,
· Any bachelor’s degree / final year students AND 1-2 years of work experience or research experience in an area of environmental studies or its intersection with other fields.
|Application Process||· Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a 2-3 line description of your profile and 6-10 line description with your initial thoughts about the independent study area or theme that you wish to pursue.
· An application will be mailed to you. Please mail it back by May 1, 2018.
· Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview.
|Facilitator/ Mentor||Yogesh Pathak, founder of EcoUniv. Yogesh has 25 years of experience in technology and management consulting, entrepreneurship, venture capital, environmental NGOs, and sustainability education, across US, UK, and India. Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yogeshpathak/|