Biomimicry Fellowships 2015 (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, engineering 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 2015. 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 2015 and September 2015 (apply before October 15th for the best chance at a January start)

We have secured funding for Biomimicry Fellowships to support fellows working with new cohorts of corporate sponsors and teachers in K12 schools. Biomimicry Fellows in K12 schools will pursue their graduate research in Biomimicry and spend 16-20 hours per week partnered with a teacher to bring Biomimicry into the K12 classroom. Corporate Biomimicry Fellows will be active in the R&D or organization of the sponsor bringing biomimicry as a new tool for innovation and problem solving. 

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.

Key activities of Corporate Biomimicry Fellows include:

    • working on existing or new projects involving products, services or processes that could benefit from biomimicry thinking
    • collaborating with other corporate fellows on biomimetic design process addressing challenges held in common among multiple corporate sponsors

Our Biomimicry Corporate Fellow model is unique and robust. We are currently working with a wide diversity of partners including Ross Environmental Services, Sherwin Williams, Gojo Industries, Parker Hannafin, Lubrizol, and others

More Information:

Germinature (a blog by the current Biomimicry Fellows)


Biomimicry Fellowships FAQ

Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC)


Peter H. Niewiarowski PhD

Biology and Integrated Bioscience • 330-972-7311

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