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  • Note: The Lyle Center Faculty Fellowship Program will not be offered in 2011-12. We hope to be able to offer this opportunity again in 2012-13.

The Lyle Center sponsors a Faculty Fellows program focused on fostering scholarly and creative activities that further the Center’s mission. Faculty Fellows receive a mini-grant of $5,000 and the title of Lyle Center Faculty Fellow. During the fellowship period, Fellows are required to present their work in an informal seminar at the Center and must prepare a summary of their work for publication on the Center’s web site.

The mission of the Lyle Center is to advance the principles of environmentally sustainable living. The Center uses the term “regenerative” to emphasize the development of systems that restore and revitalize themselves, ensuring a sustainable future. The Center pursues a comprehensive and ambitious research agenda which includes, but certainly is not limited to, activities in the following:

  • Renewable energy
  • Landscape ecology
  • Environmentally-sensitive building and landscape design
  • Ecological restoration
  • Sustainable agriculture and aquaculture
  • Sustainable community development
  • Human behavior and sustainable systems
  • Environmental and economic policy analysis
  • Environmental education and cultural awareness

If appropriate, Fellows may take advantage of the Center’s 16 acre site to conduct experiments and research activities.

The Proposal
Proposals for Faculty Fellowships should be focused on a specific project for the fellowship year. Only one proposal may be submitted by an applicant per year. Proposals need to meet the following basic guidelines:

  • Proposals are for research or creative work broadly related to the areas of interest of the Lyle Center.
  • Work conducted in the fellowship year will be submitted to peer review once it is completed. Peer reviewed work includes refereed journal articles, design competition entries, professional award entries, work submitted to juried exhibitions, and books that undergo substantial review by external reviewers before acceptance for publication.
  • Proposals should show how a Faculty Fellowship will make a difference. Where work is substantial and long-term (a large professional project, a book, etc.) it should be made clear how the Faculty Fellowship will help.
  • The applicants must be full or part-time faculty at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona during the Fellowship period.

Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria. The criteria are not in order of importance:

  1. Fit with the mission of the Lyle Center.
  2. Proposal for peer review.
  3. Usefulness of funding.
  4. Eligibility of applicant.
  5. Relevance, quality, and innovation of the proposed work
  6. Likelihood that the work will be completed.

All applications should include one copy of the following items:

  • A narrative describing the project and how it fulfills the review criteria above. The narrative must not exceed two pages. It should include a budget explaining how the funding will be used.
  • Up to one additional page of supporting materials.
  • Abbreviated curriculum vitae.

The Fellowship program will not be offered in 2011-12. We hope to offer this research opportunity atain in 2012-13. Stay tuned for more Information. Applications should be sent via email, fax, or mail to:
Kyle D. Brown
John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
4105 University Drive
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: (909) 869-5155
Fax:  (909) 869-5188

Other information

  • The Lyle Center will appoint up to two Faculty Fellows each year.
  • Funding decisions will be made by a panel of three reviewers selected by and including the Lyle Center director.
  • Funding can be used for a variety of activities including but not limited to release time (as negotiated with your Dean/Director), student assistants, travel, supplies, software, specialized equipment, and reproductions of materials.
  • Notification of awards will be sent in early January. Funding will be available immediately and must be spent by June 30, 2011.
  • Recipients of the Lyle Center Faculty Fellowship are ineligible for consideration for a period of three years following their award.
  • For more information about the program or the Center, contact Kyle D. Brown, Director, John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies or visit our web site at