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Alcoa Foundation Seeks Conservation and Sustainability Practitioner Fellowship Applications

Here’s a fellowship opportunity that’s suitable for those working on planning and stakeholder engagement around environmental issues: The Alcoa Foundation (www.alcoa.com/global/en/community/info_page/foundation.asp) has announced the third round of Practitioner Fellows for its Conservation & Sustainability Fellowship Program, an $8.6 million program that funds fellowships for the study of conservation and sustainability issues. The results of those studies are then shared in order to promote sustainable best practices.

Alcoa Foundation Fellows are mid-level professionals from external nongovernmental organizations — and, in some cases, government organizations — who conduct six- to twelve-month intensive applied research projects in conservation and sustainability. Alcoa Foundation Fellows work from their home organizations and are mentored by an expert from one of the program’s three Sustainability Institutes: the World Conservation Union, Tecnológico de Monterrey, and the World Wildlife Fund. Fellows in the past have completed research that will lead to solutions to major climate change and energy issues, conservation of fragile ecosystems and biodiversity, sustainable livelihoods and economic growth, and integrating sustainability into public policy and governance. Visit the Alcoa Web site for more information about the fellowship program and an online application form. The program deadline is May 31, 2007.

Sandy Heierbacher is the director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). She co-founded NCDD in 2002 with her husband Andy Fluke. Sandy has an M.A. in International Management from SIT Graduate Institute. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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