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Fellowship Opportunities in the
Master in Environmental Management Program

Western’s MEM offers a suite of graduate fellowships to reduce tuition, to enhance organizational partnerships, to elevate master’s project quality and to improve career competitiveness for select MEM students. If you have applied to the MEM program, please indicate your interest in specific fellowships in your personal statement. The number of program fellows will be determined each year by the quality and quantity of the candidate pool. Note that only a few require additional application processes.

 

General MEM Fellowships available to students in all tracks

MEM Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Fellowship: covers first year tuition.  

The Master in Environmental Management program offers a competitive scholarship which covers first-year full tuition for a student who brings diversity to our field and who is committed to aiding our program in creating full participation and inclusion of all. The fellowship will be awarded to engender diversity such as diversity of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, internationalization, and educational and socioeconomic background.  To be considered for this scholarship, please email (mem@western.edu) a statement (2-page max) that describes how receiving this scholarship will aid in enabling your educational journey and aid the Clark School of Environment and Sustainability in achieving our commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusivity.  Please note that there are opportunities for engaging in projects in your second year, some of which come with funding for stipends or tuition.

MEM Environmental Consulting Fellowship: up to $5000. The environmental consulting fellowship is reserved for current employees of consulting firms, or people who desire to work for these entities in the future.

MEM Environmental and Community Resilience Fellowship: variable amounts
We offer a number of fellowships each at varying amounts to offset tuition costs for students entering the MEM program.  The fellowship is open to all tracks.

 

Track Specific Fellowships

Integrative and Public Lands Management Track Fellowships

Contact Dr. Micah Russell (mrussell@western.edu) to receive additional information.

IPLM Community Leadership Fellowship: variable amounts
We offer a number of fellowships at varying amounts each to offset tuition costs for students entering the IPLM program.

Wetland Restoration and Monitoring Fellowship: up to $5000
The student will collaborate with experts from local land management agencies to work in wetland restoration planning/implementation or restoration effectiveness monitoring.

Geospatial Data Fellowship: up to $5000

The student will assist with efforts to collect or utilize geospatial data (e.g., drone data, satellite data, etc.), manage and maintain equipment, build mapping products, and perform analyses.  Previous experience with GIS and/or remote sensing required.

Public Lands Fellowship: up to $5000
The fellowship provides an opportunity for an outstanding graduate student to engage in the research, project design and leadership of a significant project related to the management of public lands locally, nationally or internationally.

Land Trust Fellowship: up to $5000
The land trust fellowship is reserved for current employees of land trust organizations, or people who desire to work for these entities in the future.

Open Space Fellowship: up to $5000
The city or county open space fellowship is reserved for current employees of city or county open space organizations, or people who desire to work for these entities in the future.

Gunnison Public Lands Initiative (GPLI) Fellowship: up to $2,000
The fellow will support GPLI in public education and outreach to generate visible public support for wilderness and public lands conservation, advancing a consensus-based proposal from a community working group towards legislative action.

IPLM Project Matching Fellowship: up to $2500
These fellowships are provided to second-year students who have potential matching funds from a project sponsor. Applications due April 15th and September 15th.

 

Global Sustainability Track Fellowships

Contact Dr. Jessica Young (jyoung@western.edu) to receive additional information.

Global Sustainability Fellowship: up to $5000
This fellowship will be offered to an incoming first-year Global Sustainability applicant whose past experience and service embodies a commitment to developing partnerships that empower local communities to address environmental issues and who shows significant promise to be a leader in the field.

Earthship Biotecture Academy Fellowship: up to $5000
The Global Sustainability and Sustainable and Resilient Communities tracks are partnering with the Earthship Biotecture Academy for students wishing to utilize Earthship inspired training and techniques in their graduate project. All accepted MEM students also receive a $1,000 discount to attend the Earthship Biotecture Academy.

Solar Energy International Fellowship: up to $5000
The Global Sustainability and Sustainable and Resilient Community’s programs are partnering with Solar Energy International (SEI) for students interested in doing their masters project with the organization and providing up to 6-10 hours a week of internship work during their first year. In addition, SEI provides fellows with up to a $5,000 fellowship from SEI to be applied toward SEI courses (e.g. PV101, 203, 201L and up to two other courses based on project interest and course availability).

Sustainable Development Strategies Group Fellowship: up to $2500
The SDSG fellow will work with a collaborative group of researchers, consultants and other experts whose goal is to demonstrate the effectiveness of sustainable development concepts in solving real, practical problems at the local, regional, national and international levels.

Global Sustainability Peace Corps Fellowship: up to $5000
All Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who are interested in developing projects in conjunction with organizations abroad may be considered for the Global Sustainability Peace Corps fellowship.

GS Project Matching Fellowship: up to $2500
These fellowships are provided to second-year students who have potential matching funds from a project sponsor.

 

Sustainable and Resilient Communities Track Fellowships

Contact Dr. Ricardo Vazquez-Perales (rvazquezperales@western.edu) to receive additional information.

SRC Community Leadership Fellowship: variable amounts
We offer a number of fellowships each at varying amounts to offset tuition costs for students entering the SRC program.

Earthship Biotecture Academy Fellowship: up to $5000
The Global Sustainability and Sustainable and Resilient Communities tracks are partnering with the Earthship Biotecture Academy for students wishing to utilize Earthship inspired training and techniques in their graduate project. All accepted MEM students also receive a $1,000 discount to attend the Earthship Biotecture Academy.

Solar Energy International Fellowship: up to $5000
The Global Sustainability and Sustainable and Resilient Community’s programs are partnering with Solar Energy International (SEI) for students interested in doing their masters project with the organization and providing up to 6-10 hours a week of internship work during their first year. In addition, SEI provides fellows with up to a $5,000 fellowship from SEI to be applied toward SEI courses (e.g. PV101, 203, 201L and up to two other courses based on project interest and course availability).

SRC Climate Action Fellowship: up to $5000
The student will collaborate with city or county authorities, non-profit organizations, consulting firms, or global organizations, using different tools and methodologies, to develop/implement Climate Action studies and plans.

 SRC Regenerative and Equitable Food Systems Fellowship: variable amounts
This fellowship gives students an opportunity for pursuing leadership and professionalism in developing an interdisciplinary project about food systems, and the interdependencies of food systems with health, the economy, sustainable use of resources, and equity.

SRC Built Environment Fellowship: variable amounts
The fellowship is intended to support students with an interest in making human settlements sustainable and resilient, either urban or rural, including topics such as city planning, municipal solid or liquid waste management, housing, energy transition, transportation and mobility, Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment, and/or other interdisciplinary endeavors in the built environment.

 

National Service Fellowships

Contact Dr. Jessica Young (jyoung@western.edu) to receive additional information.

Peace Corps / Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship (up to $5,000 with some including housing options)
Western’s Master in Environmental Management and MS in Ecology programs offer the only “Design your own Coverdell Fellowship” option in the nation as well as several local partners interested in working with Coverdell.  We have a vibrant RPCV community and welcome RCPV’s to apply to this fellowship or the Global Sustainability Peace Corps Fellowship above (for those wanting to continue to work abroad).  For specific Coverdell application steps, please visit here.

AmeriCorps Education Award: $6,300
Three to five accepted MEM students who have finished AmeriCorps, are midway through AmeriCorps, and/or who are committed to AmeriCorps in the coming year are eligible for this award.  Please describe your eligibility and interest in your MEM program application.

Fellowship Award for Veterans, Active-Duty Personnel and Military Retirees: up to $5,000.
Veterans who receive the fellowship will receive a one-time fellowship to be applied to their tuition for their first year of the program.

AmeriCorps VISTA positions available.
The Clark School of Environment and Sustainability facilitates several MEM students opportunities to take on a VISTA position during their program. Positions come with modest monthly living stipend, $6300 education award, professional development opportunities, health care supplement, a year of “non-compete” status for federal job. Recipients must work 40-hour weeks as a VISTA and may blend this work with their second-year project requirements.

Other funding opportunities

Please note: Internship and work opportunities are advertised throughout the year. Below are examples of regularly available positions.  Please check back as this portion of the page is updated frequently.

Coldharbour Institute Fellowships
Recipients aid the Coldharbour Institute in realizing its mission on the Coldharbour property. Generally, Coldharbour Institute Fellows receive $1,000 in year one of the MEM program and may receive up to $9,000 in year two if they design a MEM project aligned with the organization’s needs. Please contact MJ Pickett (mj.pickett@coldharbourinstitute.org), about additional application processes for this fellowship.

LEAD Office Sustainability Mentors: up to $5000
Western Colorado University’s Master in Environmental Management (MEM) and Western’s LEAD (Leadership, Engagement & Development) Office co-sponsor Sustainability Mentor positions to provide broad leadership and mentoring to undergraduate students serving as sustainability coordinators and leaders within the Western community. The positions are housed within LEAD Sustainability or the student-led Organics Guild. Please contact Sara Phillips, sphillips@western.edu.

The Western Alliance for Restoration Management (WARM)
We anticipate being able to fund one or two fellowships for students interested in working in the field of Mine Reclamation. There are an estimated 23,000 abandoned mine sites on both public and private land within the State of Colorado. WARM’s mission is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers to address these environmental legacies and train students to work in the multidisciplinary field of mining environmental management.  Students with backgrounds in the earth sciences and engineering are especially encouraged to apply.  In addition, WARM may also be able to offer summer internships to students interested in field work associated with environmental characterization of abandoned mine sites.  Please contact Dr. Dave Ellerbroek, dellerbroek@western.edu.

Writing Center Tutors: up to $1,000
Writing Workshop tutors offer assistance at any point in the writing process: brainstorming, outlining, polishing a final draft, or preparing a piece to submit for publication. Please contact Karen Hausdoerffer, khausdoerffer@western.edu.

High Country News (HCN) Digital Intern: up to $2500
The HCN digital intern helps develop and execute strategies to reach and grow our readers using social media. Please contact the Master of Environmental Management Program at mem@western.edu for more information.

Elsewhere Studio: up to $1,000
Are you passionate about both art and the environment? Please contact the Master of Environmental Management Program at mem@western.edu for more information about our special partnership between MEM students and artists in Paonia studios.

Clark School Social Media and Outreach Fellowships: up to $5000
Selected graduate students assist the Clark School with public events and social media.  Please contact the Master of Environmental Management Program at mem@western.edu

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