Biomimicry Fellowships 2014 (January and September)

Humans have a long history of taking inspiration from nature to find extraordinary solutions to intractable or new challenges. Biomimicry is an emerging discipline that is now formalizing this approach. The University of Akron, in collaboration with faculty from The Cleveland Institute of Art, and in affilliation with The Biomimicry Institute and the Great Lake Biomimicry Collaborative are offering the first of its kind PhD training in Biomimicry. Take advantage of this opportunity to help shape a new field that is revolutionizing the way we think about nature, society and technology.

Who are the fellowships for?

Applicants to the Integrated Bioscience (IB) PhD Program at the University of Akron

What kind of background do I need?

A bachelors degree (including but not limited to one of the following: science, engineering,design, business or law) from an accredited college or university, and the experience and desire to work in a dynamic interdisciplinary environment that blends design, biology and business to discover and apply the principles of living systems to human centered problems.

When are applications due?

Applications will be reviewed until all fellowships are awarded for 2014. Because the admission process is rolling, you can maximize your chances of being considered for a fellowship by applying as early as possible. If you have questions, contact Peter H. Niewiarowski

NEW FELLOWSHIPS Available for January 2014 and September 2014

We have secured funding for Biomimicry Fellowships to support fellows working with teachers in K12 schools. Fellows will pursue their graduate research in Biomimicry and send 16-20 hours per week partnered with a teacher to bring Biomimicry into K12 classrooms. Participating schools include:

National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM middle school (NIHF) 

Lake Ridge Academy

Key activities of Biomimicry Fellows in K-12 include:

    • Fellows spend up to 20 hours per week working with teachers in and out of the classroom to develop biomimicry curricula
    • Teachers collaborate (with a stipend provided for the teacher) with Fellows during the summer months in biomimicry research/design projects
    • Teachers and Fellows network with colleagues at other schools to help build a biomimicry curriculum network for sharing and disseminating resources

Our program uses a teacher-fellow model developed and perfected through previous support from the National Science Foundation's GK-12 program.

More Information:

Germinature (a blog by the current Biomimicry Fellows)


Biomimicry Fellowships FAQ


Peter H. Niewiarowski PhD

Biology and Integrated Bioscience • 330-972-7311