Call for Student Proposals || Fall 2022

Call for Student Project Proposals

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Racial injustice and climate change are the two most urgent challenges facing democracies today. What is the relationship between the two? How do we stay with the struggle for environmental justice while striving for hope in these difficult times?

The Repair Lab will fund projects that deal with these questions across a variety of media. Together, these works will generate new understandings of the causes, consequences, and countermeasures of environmental and climate injustice locally and around the world. Students are encouraged to collaborate across disciplines as is relevant to their topic of research. 

Grants of $500 per proposal will be awarded to selected students and collaborations. An additional up to $500 will be made available to cover project materials and expenses.

Black, Indigenous, and students of color, as well as LGBTQIA+ students are encouraged to apply.

Final works may be included by the Repair Lab in publications, websites and other media forms. Creative works will be documented digitally for archiving by the Repair Lab.

Selected students will have twelve weeks to complete their projects during the Fall 2022 semester. Students may reapply for funding over the summer and/or fall to expand upon their work.

Themes

  • Sea-Level rise and environmental racism
  • Resistance to pollution and toxic environments
  • Environmental justice in Virginia
  • Storms, flooding, climate catastrophe
  • Imagining equitable futures
  • Other environmental justice themes

Format

Final projects may take one of the following formats:
Nonfiction audio storytelling including podcasts and/or oral histories, up to 10:00 in length
OR
Creative works/media/art pieces, which might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Fiction audio works, including podcasts, of up to 10:00 in length
  • Video works of up to 7:00 in length.
  • Social practice workshops
  • Performances of up to 15:00 in length

Application

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The application consists of the following.

One PDF (required) including:

  • 150-word proposal
  • Short author or collaboration biography
  • Proposed budget
  • If working as a collaboration, a 200-word statement on the structure of your collaboration and how work will be shared
  • If you are native to a region experiencing climate-induced migration, demographic change, or infrastructure stress, please note that on your application and explain its impact on your proposed project.
  • If you are proposing a project that you will complete alongside an assignment required for a course, please include the course title, name of the professor, a description of the assignment, and a description of how your proposed project expands upon work you have already done or will do.

Optional links to or uploads of examples of past work.

Evaluation & Selection

  • Works will be chosen based on their creativity; adherence to the theme; logistical grounding (is this an appropriate scope for this budget and timeline); and their overall academic rigor and creative quality.
  • Works will be selected by Repair Lab affiliates, who are listed on the Repair Lab website.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Support Offered for Selected Projects

  • Students whose proposals are accepted will receive bi-weekly 60-minute 1:1 mentoring and coaching sessions with Repair Lab Multimedia Producer Adrian Wood (website).
  • Students will share feedback and reflect on each others’ projects in group sessions that will occur before the final presentation.

Contact Information

For more information please contact Repair Lab Multimedia Producer Adrian Wood (kvw5x@virginia.edu)