Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program

Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program

The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation is excited to announce Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program for 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. Graduate students of U.S. are eligible to apply for the given fellowship. Through Switzer Fellowship Program, the foundation supports environmental leaders for the 21st century who have the ability, determination, and integrity to effect positive change.The fellows will accept one-year $15,000 cash award.

The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation was founded in 1986. The foundation identifies and nurtures environmental leaders who have the ability and determination to make a significant impact, and supports initiatives.


Applicants for a Switzer Fellowship must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be enrolled in an accredited graduate institution only in California or one of the six New England states (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI) and plan to be enrolled as a full-time student for the entire ’17-’18 academic year
  • Have very strong academic qualifications, with academic and career goals focused on environmental improvement.
  • Master’s degree candidates (including JD students) must have completed at least one semester or a quarter of course work to apply and be seeking the Master’s as their terminal degree.
  • Master’s degree students planning to pursue a Ph.D. are advised to wait until they are in their Ph.D. program to apply. JD students compete as Master’s students.
  • Individuals enrolled in one-year Master’s degree programs may apply prior to enrollment, but must be formally accepted into their program to be eligible for a Fellowship interview (held in May).
  • Applicants at the Ph.D. level must plan to have completed at least three years of doctoral work by July 1, 2017, or plan to have passed their qualifying exams by May 1, 2017.
  • Ph.D. candidates with a clear research and career focus are more competitive than individuals who are still undecided or early in their academic program.
  • Mid-career students may apply and must demonstrate how their academic program will enhance their effectiveness as an environmental leader.

How to Apply:

In order to apply for fellowship, you have to create an account through the given link:https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=aBcdzT88cipi-TP7T5y0lA2

Supporting Documents:

  • Two professional letters of recommendation.
  • A current resume.
  • Most recent Graduate academic transcripts.
  • A brief outline of the general course of study or research planned.
  • Evidence of financial need where applicable.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • The Fellowship provides a $15,000 cash award for academic study, leadership training, and access to a vibrant network of nearly 600 Switzer Fellowship alums.
  • In addition, the Switzer Environmental Fellowship offers a variety of professional and leadership development resources to Fellows during their Fellowship year and throughout their careers, as described below.

Application Deadline:

The deadline to submit the APIASF Scholarship Program application is Monday, January 9, 2017, by midnight Eastern Time.

Link for more Information:


Contact Information: If you have any query, contact at:

  • For eligibility and general questions:  Erin Lloyd, Program Director, (207) 338-5654 or erin-at-switzernetwork.org
  • For technical assistance with online applications: Don Brackett, Administrative Director or (207) 338-5654, don-at-switzernetwork.org

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