Professional Development Fund

Environmental leaders benefit from new skills and networking opportunities, but funding for professional development is not always readily available.

This small grants program is designed to provide direct support for professional development for Switzer Fellows. Switzer Fellow alumni may request funds for training in professional skills or attendance at a conference or other professional activity that will clearly advance the fellow's career goals. Past grants have supported fellows to: 

  • attend conferences that offered key networking opportunities or a chance to present work to colleagues; 
  • attain training in skills such as nonprofit management, communication, negotiation, and facilitation; and 
  • participate in leadership development programs for executive directors or other senior staff.

Grants of up to $2,000 are available. Grant requests are accepted on a rolling basis, and funding decisions are made at the discretion of the Executive Director or Program Director. Please see How to Apply (below) and contact Sarah Reed for more information. Grants are occasionally made at the foundation's discretion to other leadership development programs that serve multiple Switzer Fellows.

Who Can Apply

Only Switzer Fellows are eligible for this program. To be eligible, fellows must have completed their fellowship year. Professional Development Fund grants are for fellows who are seeking to develop new skills or expand their professional networks to advance their careers and environmental leadership.

How to Apply