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The McHarg Fellowship

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
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Dec 4, 2023

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The McHarg Fellowship

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Open Date: Sep 30, 2023
Deadline: Dec 29, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

The McHarg Fellowship is a teaching and research fellowship award given by The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology to an emerging voice in landscape architecture and its related fields. The Fellowship is awarded competitively on an annual basis and the selected fellow is expected to be in residence at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design, in Philadelphia, full-time for one academic year, from the beginning of the Fall semester (August) through the end of the following Spring semester (May).

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 (

Minimum qualifications: a professionally accredited bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in landscape architecture (or the international equivalent) is required.

Application Instructions
Applicants should submit a cover letter addressed to the McHarg Fellowship Search Committee expressing their interest in the fellowship and their agenda for research and scholarship; a curriculum vitae; and a 10-page portfolio of their creative work (8.5”x11” PDF file format, maximum 10MB). In addition, applicants should provide the names of three references who will be contacted at a later time. Women candidates and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2024, and will continue until the fellowship position is filled. The fellowship position will begin on August 1, 2024.

Questions should be directed to Eric Baratta, Assistant Director of Administration / Department Coordinator, Landscape Architecture, at:

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The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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