Fellowship Opportunities in the Master in Environmental Management (MEM) 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 an email to the corresponding faculty fellowship supervisor listed below. The number of program fellows will be determined each year by the quality and quantity of the candidate pool.
Ralph “Butch” Clark and the Clark family have been very generous to Western’s Center for Environment & Sustainability (ENVS) for over a decade.
Clark ENVS Center Outreach Fellowships: $5,000 applied toward student tuition
Selected graduate students volunteer to assist the ENVS Center with public events and sustainability education programs. Please contact Dr. John Hausdoerffer with questions firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coldharbour Institute Fellowships: $5,000 applied toward student tuition
Selected graduate students volunteer their expertise to aid the Coldharbour Institute realize it’s mission on the Coldharbour property. Please contact MJ Pickett email@example.com.
Mountain Roots Community Farm Fellowships are an opportunity for outstanding graduate students to engage in the research, project design and management, site planning, installation and beginning operations phases of a new 10-acre organic farm. Students will be able to see tangible results of their work across several areas of the food system. Community Farm Fellows receive $10,000 over two years. They make a commitment to apply their research skills and their graduate project focus to the Mountain Roots Community Farm.
Global Sustainability Fellowship: provides up to $5,000 from MEM
The global sustainability program seeks entering graduate student leaders committed to developing partnerships that empower local communities to address issues in environmental management. This fellowship will be offered to an incoming first year global studies applicant whose past experience and service embodies these principles and who shows significant promise to be a leader in this field. We will consider all GS track applicants for this fellowship based on your existing application material. If further information is needed, we will reach out to potential candidates. Please contact Jessica Young, Ph. D., firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SRC Community Leadership Fellowship
We offer a number of fellowships each at varying amounts each. SRC Community Leadership Fellows will be asked to champion a high visibility community project during the year. At year’s end, each fellow will complete a product that serves the partner, such as a white paper, an action plan or other deliverable of high value to the partner. There is the possibility for renewal of this fellowship in the second year, especially if it ties into the master’s project.
SRC fellowship opportunities will be linked to tangible projects across our community partners. Recipients of these awards will be asked to work closely with the project team consisting of MEM Faculty Mentors and relevant community partner(s). Please contact Dave Ellerbroek, Ph.D., email@example.com if you have any questions about these fellowships or SRC.
Earthship Biotecture Academy Fellows
The Global Sustainability and Sustainable and Resilient Community’s programs are partnering with the Earthship Academy to create a Master in Environmental Management degree that integrates the Earthship Biotecture training with MEM program courses and content for students wishing to complete their second year project serving communities anywhere in the world. Fellows will receive up to a $5,000 fellowship to be applied toward their MEM tuition across their two years of schooling. Please note that the Earthship Biotecture Academy will also provide a $500 scholarship to any MEM graduate student to attend their academy (not to be combined with other of their scholarships). Please contact Jessica Young, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org or Dave Ellerbroek, Ph.D., email@example.com for more information.
Solar Energy International Fellows
The Global Sustainability and Sustainable and Resilient Community’s programs are partnering with Solar Energy International (SEI) to create a Master in Environmental Management degree that integrates SEI training with MEM program courses for students interested in doing their 600+ hour second year project with the organization and providing up to 10 hours a week of internship work during their first year. SEI provides industry-leading technical training and expertise in renewable energy to empower people, communities and businesses worldwide. Access to affordable, reliable energy is key to providing a just and sustainable pathway to economic development and opportunity globally. We seek SEI Fellows that will complete projects that empower people in the United States or throughout the world. Fellows will receive a $5,000 fellowship to be applied toward their MEM tuition across their two years and 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).
Defenders of Wildlife Wolf Restoration Fellowship: $5,000
Defenders of Wildlife desires to build a strong foundation for wolf restoration in Colorado. They are looking for two graduate students interested in a project using camera traps to document potential wolf presence in Colorado. The project would provide interaction and training from known wolf biologists. There is an opportunity to work with wolf biologists in the field this fall (between September 25-October 9) to ground-truth habitat modeling and position the camera traps. Data collection would be year-round, but most intense during June-September 2019. To receive the fellowship, you would need to commit to doing your MEM project on this subject in partnership with Defenders of Wildlife. If you are interested in either of these projects, please contact Jeff Sellen, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org. by September 7. To be considered for this fellowship we will ask for a letter of interest and your current resume.
Integrative and Public Land Management(IPLM) Innovation Fellowship: provides up to $7500 from MEM
The Integrative and Public Land Management (IPLM) program embodies a spirit of cross-boundary collaboration to build social-ecological system resilience in the context of global and local change processes. This fellowship will be offered to an incoming student whose experience and service embodies these principles and who shows great promise to be a leader in this field. We will consider all applicants for this fellowship based on your application materials. If further information is needed, we will reach out to potential candidates.
MEM Public Lands Fellowship: provides up to $5,000 from MEM with potential for match
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. The fellowship is also a launching point for advanced study of issues surrounding public lands management, supporting innovative thinking about the particular issues facing public lands managers in the 21st century.
MEM City or County Open Space Fellowship: provides up to $5,000 from MEM with potential for match
City and county open space jobs are a growing and important component of integrated land management as they provide open space and recreational opportunities for people living in urban areas. 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. The fellowship is designed for students who will focus their MEM project on some aspect of open space management. The intention is to leverage these funds to find a match through either a current open-space employer or other entity. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to secure a match. If matched, this fellowship would provide $10,000 over the course of the program. We will consider all applicants for this fellowship based on your application materials. If further information is needed, we will reach out to potential candidates. If you have a potential match that you would like to discuss, please contact Jeff Sellen, Ph.D. at email@example.com.
MEM Land Trust Fellowship: provides up to $5,000 from MEM with potential for match
Land trusts are a critical link to conservation on private lands. 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. The fellowship is designed for students who will focus their MEM project on some aspect of land trusts. The intention is to leverage these funds to find a match through either a current land trust employer or other entity. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to secure a match. If matched, this fellowship would provide $10,000 over the course of the program. We will consider all applicants for this fellowship based on your application materials. If further information is needed, we will reach out to potential candidates. If you have a potential match that you would like to discuss, please contact Jeff Sellen, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gunnison Public Lands Initiative (GPLI) Fellowship: provides up to $2,000
This fellowship will engage a motivated student in a community-driven initiative to protect public lands and enhance a strong and sustainable economy in Gunnison County. 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. Candidates for this fellow must exhibit professionalism in interactions with the public and will gain valuable experience in policymaking and community collaboration.
MEM Environmental Consulting Fellowship: provides up to $5,000 from MEM with potential for match.
Environmental consulting companies provide valuable skills and services to both private and public entities. Many students interested in land management begin their careers working for these groups seasonally, gaining hands-on experience in environmental monitoring. The environmental consulting fellowship is reserved for current or prior employees of consulting companies, or people who desire to work for these entities in the future. The intention is to leverage these funds to find a match through either a current environmental consulting organization or other entity. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to secure a match. If matched, this fellowship would provide $10,000 over the course of the program. We will consider all applicants for this fellowship based on your application materials. If further information is needed, we will reach out to potential candidates. If you have a potential match that you would like to discuss, please contact Jeff Sellen, Ph.D., email@example.com.
Wilderness Stewardship Fellowship with the United States Forest Service (USFS)
This fellowship offers the opportunity for a hard working and independent student to gain valuable experience with wilderness management in partnership with the Gunnison Ranger District of the USFS. The USFS is currently implementing new wilderness stewardship performance activities, which include education planning, assessment of opportunities for solitude and other activities. Students with interest in this opportunity should contact Jeff Sellen, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org or Melanie Armstrong, Ph.D., email@example.com.
IPLM Leadership Fellowships: provides up to $1,000
These fellowships are provided to stellar incoming students in the Integrative and Public Land Management track who have either demonstrated or display potential leadership in this field through outstanding grades, service, or a combination. We will consider all applicants for this fellowship based on your application materials.
IPLM Project Matching Fellowships: provides up to $2,500 from MEM with potential for match
These fellowships are provided to second-year students who have a potential match from the project sponsor. Prior matching fellowships have been awarded to students working with the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service, however we are open to matching contributions from any land management entity (public, non-profit, or private). Interested second-year students should sent a 1-page letter of interest explaining the proposed project, its importance, and the matching partner with contact information to Jeff Sellen, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org. There are two deadlines for letters of interest, which correspond with Haley dates, April 15 and September 15. Letters will be read after the deadlines and decisions made within two weeks.
Eligible individuals will have been accepted into both the MEM and an upcoming 1700-hour-level AmeriCorps position and/or will have been accepted into the MEM program and actively engaged in their AmeriCorps Service and/or will have completed one full-time term of service (at least 1,700 hours over one year or less) prior to MEM acceptance.
You must be able to provide one of the following forms of documentation:
- Letter from AmeriCorps supervisor
- Certification of Service
- Acceptance of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
- VISTA Certification Letter
AmeriCorps volunteers who receive the fellowship will receive it as a one time fellowship match of the current AmericaCorps education award to be applied across two years of their graduate tuition. For students who choose a second AmeriCorps term during the period of the MEM, a second match is possible, although would require a competitive application process.
First preference given to AmeriCorps VISTA members who specifically serve as part of the Stewards Individual Placement Program. Please contact John Hausdoerffer, Ph.D. with questions, MEM@western.edu.
Western’s CS2I Lab seeks aspiring graduate trainees for its Climate Action Fellowship. As a fellow, not only will you work towards your MEM, you will also have the opportunity to assist in community-scale sustainability planning and infrastructure resilience assessments. The fellow will be asked to assist CS2I’s director in the scoping and execution of related projects across a series of community-scale partners. Desired qualifications include: bachelor’s degree, self-motivated, skilled in MS Excel, quantitative analysis, experience with and high levels of comfort with data, excellent time management abilities, curiosity for developing new and innovative partnerships.
All RPCV’s who are interested in developing projects in conjunction with organizations abroad may be considered for the Global Sustainability Peace Corps fellowship. The Fellowship comes with up to a $5,000 in tuition support for the recipient’s first year and may be matched by organizations globally. Preference is given to applicants with in-kind or financial matches from organizations. Fellows can seek project funding support via the Haley fund for their 600 second year projects and can complete part or all of their graduate education from anywhere in the world. To request consideration for this fellowship, please mention it in your general application materials.
Current partners who sponsor Western’s Paul D. Coverdell fellows include:
Fellows help develop and implement the campus Peace Corps Prep program. Fellows work with other campus entities to promote sustainability, service and inclusivity across the campus and in the greater community. Fellowship comes with a $2,500 tuition reduction each year and a free shared campus apartment for fall and spring semesters. (a total of a $9,100 value). Fellowships may be renewed in the second year depending on performance. Available for 2020.
Fellows contribute to helping develop intercultural programs and opportunities for the campus and community. Fellowship comes with a $2,500 tuition reduction each year and a free shared campus apartment for fall and spring semesters (a total of a $9,100 value). Fellowships may be renewed in the second year depending on performance. Available for 2020.
We partner with Solar Energy International (SEI) to create a Master in Environmental Management degree that integrates SEI training with MEM program courses. Fellows may receive up to a $5,000 fellowship to be applied toward their MEM tuition across their two years ($2,500 a year) and 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). Fellows will provide 10 hours a week to the organization during their first year of their graduate program and complete their 600+ hour second year project with the organization. Available for 2020.
Coldharbour Institute Coverdell Fellows
Fellowship in regenerative land management, wildlife management, sustainable building, solar energy gardens and outreach to underserved populations for an innovative learning center are available. Fellowship comes with a $1,000 tuition reduction for fall and spring semesters of their first year and possible $9,000 fellowship if their second-year project is done in conjunction with Coldharbour Institute.
Please note that all RPCV applicants will be considered for fellowship support regardless of track choice.
Design Your Own Coverdell Fellowship
Western’s Master in Environmental Management program offers the only “Design your own Coverdell Fellowship” option in the nation. We encourage RPCV’s who have a passion and relationship within a currently underserved American community to utilize their entrepreneurial skills and ability to innovate to seek sponsorship for either a fellowship and/or housing assistance that allows them to gain the education and support of a master’s degree while serving in a place of their choice. We also have local organizational and federal partners with assorted needs in public lands management interested in creating fellowship opportunities and filling AmeriCorps positions.
To complete an application for a Coverdell Fellowship:
- Apply to MEM
- Complete Western’s Coverdell Fellowship Application
- Send application to Mandy Casteel-Denney
Please contact Jessica Young, Ph.D., email@example.com if you have questions.
Eligible individuals are active duty military personnel, honorably discharged veterans
and military retirees.
This includes all personnel listed in the Title 10 US Code, including DoD (USA, USAF, USMC, USN), Department of Homeland Security (USCG), Department of Commerce (NOAA) and the Department of HHS (UP Public Health Service). Eligible veterans are individuals honorably discharged in one of the previously mentioned organizations. Retirees are veterans who have served honorably for 20 or more years.
You must be able to provide one of the following forms of documentation:
- Recent Military Orders
- Current Military ID Card
- DD Form 214: Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty
Fellowship Award for Veterans, Active Duty Personnel and Military Retirees
Veterans who receive the fellowship will receive a one time $5,000 Fellowship to be applied to their tuition for that year.
Please contact Jessica Young, Ph.D. with questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsor: Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation
Deadline: November 1, 2018
Contact: Yulian Ramos, 212.547.6926
Description: Support for up to two years of graduate study in the U.S. for new Americans who are either resident aliens; have been naturalized as a U.S. citizen; or are the children of two parents who are both naturalized citizens.
- The recipients are chosen on a nationally competitive basis
- Thirty fellowships will be awarded each year
- Eligibility limited to those who are not over 30
- Fellows receive a maintenance grant of up to $25,000 and a $20,000 tuition grant each year.
- Annual deadline: November 1. See the website for more information or contact email@example.com.
The Global Sustainability and Integrated and Public Land Management program are partnering with the Savory Global Network to create a Master in Environmental Management fellowship that integrates regenerative holistic management and systems thinking to support Savory Hubs throughout the world. There are now nearly 50 global Savory hubs with another 50 slated to join in the next 7 years. Hubs offer accredited workshops and courses in holistic management; biological, social and financial monitoring services; and consulting to land managers, governments and organizations.
Savory Global and the Savory Network have recently developed the Land to Market and Ecological Outcome Verification program to reward regenerative food producers with exclusive markets in the food and fashion industries. MEM Fellows will apprentice their first year with the Savory Global Network or with an individual hub giving 5 hours a week toward their internship. If selected to receive a second-year fellowship, fellows will develop their 600+ hour project with the Savory Institute or the individual Savory Hub. Savory Global Hub Fellows will receive a $2,000 fellowship to be applied to their first fall and spring tuition, access to the exclusive online collaboration platform and free tuition to attend three Savory Institute courses or trainings. Fellows that develop their second-year project in conjunction with the Savory Global Hub Network are eligible for a second-year award and encouraged to apply to the John and Margie Haley fund for project support. Coldharbour Institute, a close affiliate of Western’s MEM, is the Colorado Savory Hub.
Please mention your interest in this competitive fellowship in your application materials.
The Gupta Mountain Transitions Corps members create novel, scalable and dynamic products, modeling how a small mountain university can provide a “garage” for testing mountain-based climate solutions worldwide. Each student leader selected will receive entrepreneurship training and project incubation support from our network of expert faculty and community leaders. Each project leader will receive a fellowship of $10,000 for the duration of the academic year. Please contact Dr. John Hausdoerffer with questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.