Professional Development Grants

This small grant program is designed to provide direct support for professional development for Switzer Fellows. This program recognizes that funding for professional development is not readily available in the public sector and that environmental leaders benefit from new skills and opportunities to broaden their networks.

Switzer Fellows may request funds for training in non-profit management, communications, leadership, or other relevant professional skills or for attendance at a conference or other professional activity that will clearly advance the Fellow's career goals.  Past grants have funded Fellows to attend conferences that offered key networking opportunities or a chance to present their work to colleagues; participate in specific skills trainings like negotiation, facilitation, etc.; and to participate in leadership development programs for executive directors and other senior public sector staff.

Awards of up to $500 are made on a rolling basis. Please see How to Apply and contact Erin Lloyd, Program Director, for more information.  Grants will be made at the discretion of the Executive Director or Program Director. Requests will be considered monthly to ensure rapid response time for requests  Grants are occasionally made at the Foundation's discretion to other environmental leadership development programs that directly serve one or more Switzer Fellows.

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At the end of October, a room full of politicians, biologists, and conservationists in Australia erupted in applause. After five years of negotiations, 24 countries and the European Union unanimously agreed to create a marine protected area (MPA) in Antarctica’s Ross Sea, which is considered the most pristine marine ecosystem in the world. Fellow Cassandra Brooks has worked in the region on this project for years, but says the agreement comes with some important caveats.Read more >

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