Become a Fellow

Become a Fellow

The Switzer Fellowship Program offers one-year Fellowships to highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies and career goals are directed toward environmental improvement and who clearly demonstrate leadership in their field. The Fellowship provides a $15,000 cash award for academic study, leadership training, access to a vibrant network of nearly 600 Switzer Fellowship alums, and opportunities for professional development during the Fellowship year and beyond.

Through the Switzer Fellowship Program, the Foundation supports environmental leaders for the 21st century who have the ability, determination and integrity to effect positive change.  Only the most active, committed and focused individuals will compete successfully to join the Switzer Fellowship Network of nearly 600 Fellows selected since 1986.

Switzer Fellows come from diverse social, academic and economic backgrounds and are on the leading edge of environmental and social change through efforts in environmental policy, conservation, environmental justice, public health, economics, journalism, urban planning, business, law and more.  Switzer Fellows are also selected from the traditional environmental sciences such as biology, chemistry and engineering. Switzer Fellows are committed to interdisciplinary and cross-sector work, applied results, and collaborative leadership and may apply from ANY field of study.  Further, they are committed to their own professional development and to continually improving their leadership skills throughout their careers.

There is one application deadline per year. Application guidelines and the online application are updated by October 1 for each annual cycle.





"I found the Switzer Network services available to Fellows to be exceptional.  The fall retreat was a great opportunity to interact with other Fellows from my cohort, and learn about the diversity of work we are involved with."

Melanie Allen

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