Richman Fellows are selected from among individuals active in public life whose contributions have had a significant impact on improving American society, strengthening democratic institutions, advancing social justice or increasing opportunities for all citizens to realize and share in the benefits of this nation.

The Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life was created by Brandeis alumna Dr. Carol Richman Saivetz ’69, along with her children, Michael Saivetz ’97 and Aliza Saivetz Glasser ’01, in honor of Carol’s parents, Fred and Rita Richman. The award is funded by the generosity of the Richman and Saivetz families.

The Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life is hosted by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life on behalf of the Office of the President and Office of the Provost.

Peter Frumhoff2022 Fellow Named

Climate Scientist Peter C. Frumhoff is the 2022 Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life.

Dr. Frumhoff's residency will be held March 29-31, 2022.

Currently the Chief Climate Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Peter Frumhoff leads strategies and initiatives to bring robust scientific expertise to bear on informing public understanding and motivating public policies; guides science, equity and innovation post-doctoral fellowships; and serves as senior liaison with the scientific community, policymakers and media.

A global change ecologist, Dr. Frumhoff has published widely at the nexus of climate science and policy, including on the role of tropical forests and land-use in climate mitigation, the climate attribution of extreme weather events, the climate responsibilities of fossil fuel companies, the governance of solar geoengineering research, and the water demands of energy in a changing climate.

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Call for Nominations

The Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life recognizes an individual who has improved American society, strengthened democratic institutions, advanced social justice or increased opportunities for all Americans to share in the benefits of the United States. $25,000 award. Deadline March 1. View the criteria and guidelines.