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Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program Open for Applications

If any of you are graduate students in New England or California working on dialogue around environmental issues, then this fellowship is for you! The Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program (www.switzernetwork.org), supports graduate students in New England and California whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate the potential for leadership in their field. The foundation seeks to select a diversity of students from different schools, programs, disciplines, and career tracks in each fellowship class. Awards have been made to students pursuing environmental policy, economics, conservation, public health, journalism, architecture, environmental justice, business, and law as well as the more traditional sciences of biology, chemistry, and engineering.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen; be enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in California or New England; have strong academic qualifications; and have academic and career goals focused on environmental improvement. Master’s degree candidates must have completed at least one semester of course work and be seeking the master’s as a terminal degree. Applicants at the Ph.D. level must have completed at least two years of doctoral work or passed their qualifying exams by May 1, 2008.

Twenty fellowships are awarded each year — ten in California and ten in New England. The fellowship provides a one-year, $15,000 cash award for graduate study as well as networking and leadership support. Visit the foundation’s Web site for program guidelines and detailed eligibility information. Applications are due: February 1, 2008.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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