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Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program Invites Applications from Graduate Students in New England and California

Attention students of Environmental stakeholder planning! The Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program (www.switzernetwork.org) has announced a one-year, $15,000 cash award for graduate study as well as networking and leadership support to awardees. Twenty Environmental Fellowships are awarded each year, ten in California and ten in New England. The foundation seeks to select students from different schools, programs, disciplines, and career tracks in each fellowship class.

The goal fo the Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program is to support highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate leadership in their field. Awards have been made to students pursuing environmental policy studies, economics, engineering, public health, and law as well as the more traditional sciences of biology, chemistry, and physics.

The Switzer Fellowship is available only to U.S. citizens enrolled at accredited graduate institutions in California or the six New England states (CT, MA, RI, VT, NH, or ME). Master’s degree candidates must have completed at least one semester of course work to apply and be seeking the master’s as a terminal degree. Master’s degree students planning to pursue a Ph.D. are advised to wait until they are in their Ph.D. program to apply. Individuals enrolled in one-year master’s degree programs may be nominated prior to enrollment, but must be accepted into their program to be eligible for an interview. Applicants at the Ph.D. level must have completed at least two years of doctoral work or passed their qualifying exams by the time of their fellowship interview.

All applicants for Switzer Fellowships must first be nominated in writing by a faculty member, advisor, or an environmental professional before application materials are made available to the applicant.Complete program information and specific application procedures for the Switzer Fellowship can be found at the program’s Web site. The deadline for nominations is January 11, 2007.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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