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 includes a $15,000 cash award for academic study, leadership training, access to a vibrant network of more than 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 more than 600 Fellows selected since 1986.

Switzer Fellows are on the leading edge of environmental and social change through efforts in environmental science, policy, conservation, environmental justice, public health, economics, journalism, urban planning, business, law and more.  Switzer Fellows come from diverse social, academic and economic backgrounds.  They are committed to interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral work, applied results, and collaborative leadership.  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 in early October for each annual cycle.

The application period for 2019 Fellowships is now closed.  Please check back in October 2019 for guidelines for the 2020 Fellowship applications.





"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

Spotlight on Leadership

Strengthening Resiliency in Sierra Nevada Meadows
Doug Johnson sees the increasingly severe drought in California as a chance to educate people about the importance of invasive plant management at the landscape level in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The Sierras are an important source of water for all of California, with snowpack formed in winter melting over the spring and summer months and running down to the dry parts of the state. Invasives, some of which are known to be water hungry compared to competing vegetation, can reduce the capacity of Sierra meadows to perform this valuable function. For the state’s residents and agricultural industry, this could make a bad problem worse.Read more >

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