AWARD – Visiting Scholar, McGill

McGill School of Environment – Visiting Scholar Award 2012-2013

The McGill School of Environment invites applications from tenured professors who would like spend a minimum of 4 months of their sabbatical at McGill University’s School of Environment. The goal of this Award is to promote MSE collaborations with outstanding scholars of international stature in transdisciplinary environmental research.

The Scholar will be expected, at a minimum, to:

    • initiate or further develop collaborative, interdisciplinary environmental research with Jointly Appointed Faculty and/or Associate Members of the MSE;
    • give a research seminar on each of the two McGill campuses;
    • give a public lecture;
    • be present full-time at the MSE for at least 2 months within one of the two academic terms (Sept-Dec 2012; Jan-April 2013);
    • acknowledge the McGill School of Environment as the formal affiliation during the tenure of the award, and in publications that result from work conducted during the tenure of the award.

The Scholar will receive an honorarium of $1500 (Canadian) per month spent full-time at the MSE, and will be provided with an office, computer, email, internet and library connections, as well as limited secretarial support.

To apply for a Visiting Scholar position between June 2012 and May 2013, please submit an electronic application to Marilyn Scott by NOVEMBER 30, 2012. The application should include

    1. a covering letter that indicates, the planned research activities to be undertaken, the benefits that are likely to arise for the applicant and for the McGill School of Environment and the proposed duration and starting date;
    2. an up-to-date CV;
    3. an example of titles for a research seminar and a public lecture; and a nomination letter from one or more MSE colleagues with whom the research collaboration will occur.

Click here for more information or visit the McGill School of Environment’s website.

ESSAY COMPETITION – Web of Life Foundation

2nd Call For Essays
Deadline: September 30th, 2012

We are seeking Fresh ideas, Freshly presented.

The Web of Life Foundation (WOLFoundation) is seeking submissions of essays to its annual competition that carries $2,000 in prize money:  the winning entry will receive a cash prize of $1,500 while $500 will be awarded to the second placed entry. The shortlisted entries will be published as a book of collected essays.

WOLFoundation is a non-profit organization aimed at encouraging fresh thinking and clear, accessible, enjoyable writing on socio-environmental subjects.  We are looking for ideas presented in a high quality, non-technical style. We welcome any opinion on environmental issues—be they for or against any particular debate or point of view.

We are looking for clear, compelling writing in the English language showing original thinking and new ideas. We welcome any form of writing—essays, fiction short stories or any other form of prose written in accessible, enjoyable, style.

Submission Requirements: Manuscripts must be written in English, double spaced, no longer than 2,000 words and contain no abstract, list of references, or footnotes. Images are allowed as part of the manuscript.

There are no fees or membership requirements for submission.  For more information about submission guidelines and to submit your essay, please visit

ESSAY COMPETITION – Silent Spring Essay Contest

Fifty years ago, the world was rocked by the publication of a quiet tirade against the chemical industry. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring exposed the dangers and risks of everyday chemicals and commonplace practices; it launched the modern American environmental movements and also influenced similar movements all over the globe.

In commemoration of fifty years of Silent Spring, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (in collaboration with the British Council, the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations, and the Consulate General of the United States, Munich) is soliciting essays from junior and senior scholars which analyze the impact and reception of Silent Spring as well as the legacy of Rachel Carson. Essays might address one or more of the following questions:

  • How has Silent Spring shaped environmentalism or environmental thought in various countries? How is it a global phenomenon?
  • What elements of Silent Spring have had the greatest impact on environmental leaders? Policy makers? Anti-environmentalists?
  • How is Silent Spring still relevant to current environmental debates?
  • How has the relevance of Rachel Carson’s writing changed over the decades since Silent Spring was published?
  • If Rachel Carson were alive today, what would she be writing about?

In the spirit of Carson’s own writing, submissions are encouraged to address an interested public with an approachable and provocative style. The RCC will be awarding both a junior and senior prize for the most outstanding essays:

  • Junior Prize: $1,000 for 1,000 words (or less); Open to students aged 13-18
  • Senior Prize: $2,000 for 2,000 words (or less); Open to anyone aged 19 and above

The winning essays, as well as those which receive an honorable mention, will be published in a commemorative edition of the RCC Perspectives series, an occasional papers series available in print and online. Submissions are due via email to

The submission deadline is March 15, 2012.

Please also include a short biographical profile and indicate whether the essay is to be considered for the junior or senior prize. The essays will be reviewed by an international committee of scholars and writers. For questions, please submit queries to

ESSAY COMPETITION – Web of Life Foundation

The recently formed Web of Life Foundation – WOLFoundation – runs an annual competition looking for the best non-technical, English language writing on any subject related to environmental issues.  Deadline 15 Dec 2011. To enter pleae visit our Guidelines Page

The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $1,500. A further $500 will be awarded to the second placed entry.  The top 20 entries will be published as a book of collected essays

The competition is open to all and the judges are looking for “fresh ideas, freshly presented” on any topic relating to environmental or conservation issues. Manuscripts must be written in English, double spaced, no longer than 3,000 words and contain no abstract, list of references or footnotes. Images are allowed as part of the manuscript.

PRIZE – Holmes Rolston, III – 2nd Annual Early Career Essay Prize

The International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) and the Center for Environmental Philosophy invite submissions for its annual essay prize for scholars in the early stages of their career. The prize is named in honour of Professor Holmes Rolston III, for his pioneering work in the field of environmental philosophy.

Papers are invited on all aspects of environmental philosophy or environmental affairs (with a strong theoretical component). A prize of $500 will be awarded to the winning essay.

All submitted papers that qualify (see conditions) will be reviewed by an Essay Prize Committee in consultation with the Editorial Board of Environmental Ethics. The winning essay will be published in the journal, Environmental Ethics.

Closing date for submissions: *June 1st, 2012*
-Eligibility: Submissions are invited from scholars who already hold a PhD and have earned their doctorate no more than five years prior to the submission deadline. Submissions must be accompanied by a one-page CV to provide evidence of early career status.
-Word limit: 60,000 characters (including spaces), including notes and references. An abstract of 100-150 words should also be included.
-Style: consult the Chicago Manual of Style or any recent issue of Environmental Ethics.
-Essays must be prepared for blind review (cover page with contact information and email on a separate page).
-Submissions should be emailed to: Please put ‘Essay Prize’ in the subject line of the email submission.
-The essay should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and should not be submitted to any other journal until the outcome of the competition is announced.
-The decision of the committee will be final. There is only one prize per year and the committee reserves the right not to award the prize if submissions are not of an appropriate standard.

Dr. Emily Brady
President, International Society for Environmental Ethics
University of Edinburgh,

Dr. Eugene C. Hargrove
Center for Environmental Philosophy
University of North Texas,

PRIZE WINNER – Holmes Rolston, III Early Career Essay

The International Society for Environmental Ethics and the Center for Environmental Philosophy are pleased to announce the winner of our first Holmes Rolston III Early Career Essay Prize, Joakim Sandberg’s essay, “My Emissions Make No Difference,” which will be published in the Fall 2011 issue of Environmental Ethics.

The essay addresses an important and timely topic, the question of individual responsibility with respect to carbon emissions. Dr Sandberg is a Research Fellow in Practical Philosophy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and an Associate Researcher at the Centre for European Research on Microfinance at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. His research on environmental philosophy has been made possible by financial support from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra/SIRP).

The aim of the annual essay prize is to encourage and support research in environmental philosophy by scholars in the early stages of their career (within five years of having earned the PhD). The prize is named for Holmes Rolston III, in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of environmental philosophy.

Congratulations to our prize winner!