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 650 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 650 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. 

The application period for 2020 Fellowships will open on November 1, 2019.  Applications will be due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, January 6, 2020.





"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

Improving Aquatic Connectivity and Resiliency to Major Storms in the Adirondack Region
It is easy to overlook the pipes and boxes carrying water under our roads, but these parts of our transportation infrastructure can have huge impacts on freshwater health and road safety. 2003 Fellow Jessica Levine is working in the northeastern United States to replace and upgrade road crossings to benefit aquatic species and habitat along with other community goals.Read more >

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