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Sustainability Fellowships - Paid summer research

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UNHSI’s Sustainability Fellowships pair outstanding students with challenging, important projects that will propel the US toward a low-carbon future. Sustainability Fellows each undertake to meet challenging deliverables, and receive supervision, mentorship, unique networking and professional development opportunities, and a $6000 stipend.

Time commitment for Fellows: 40 hours per week, June-mid August.

Location: Project-dependent (see project list for specific locations). Fellows will be placed with partners across the U.S. For some of the projects, state or regional travel may be required.

One Montana has an opening for a 2016 Summer Fellowship. The Fellow will work at One Montana offices here in Bozeman, but the application process goes through the University of New Hampshire. If folks have questions about that process, they are welcome to contact me:

Fellowship project: Climate, Water, and Agricultural Adaptation in the Mountain West

Location: Bozeman, MT (One Montana)

Time commitment: 40 hours per week, June 6-August 19, 2016

Compensation: $6000 stipend

Desired Qualifications:

• Enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program: journalism, film, communications would be ideal. Or sustainability, agriculture or environmental science, but with a very strong experiential background in communications.

• Solid computer literacy

• Interviewing skills preferred

• The ability to summarize research papers in layman’s language

• Ability to think creatively, work independently, be organized and self-motivated

UNHSI Sustainability program eligibility: Graduate students, exceptional undergraduate students, and recent graduates are eligible. We will encourage, but not require, an academic sponsor or reference for each fellow, and where possible we will ask that course credits are awarded.

What You Need to Know Before Applying:

•All applicants should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program when they apply (seniors graduating in May are welcome.)

•Academic backgrounds in the fields indicated in the individual project postings are preferred; these vary widely.

•We will encourage, but not require, an academic sponsor or reference for each fellow, and where possible we will ask that course credits are awarded.

•There is a MANDATORY three-day, two-night orientation in Durham, NH, from May 25th-27th. Lodging and food will be provided, but Fellows are asked to pay their own associated travel costs.

•There is a $35 application fee, payable online. (However, this may be waived for UNH students or in the case of financial hardship. To request a waiver, applicants should contact UNHSI.)

•The Fellowship does not cover any costs for temporary (summer) relocation or housing, beyond the $6,000 stipend.

Why Apply?

Fellowships are opportunities for highly skilled and motivated students to contribute to unique and exciting new projects and initiatives. As a result, fellows will gain:

•$6,000 (taxable) compensation

•New skills and knowledge;

•Access to extensive new professional contacts and networks;

•Material to add to his or her professional portfolio.

What to Expect After Applying

•Review of applications will take place in early March. All applicants will be notified on or before March 9th whether they are being invited to interview. (Please DO NOT call or email before then to check on the status of your application; there will be no available information.)

•Interviews will be conducted virtually (via Skype or GoToMeeting.) They will take place between March 7th and March 25th. If you are selected for an interview, UNHSI will contact you to schedule a time that is mutually agreeable for you and for the interview committee (usually 2 or 3 people) between those dates.

•Offers will be made by no later than April 8th.

Participating Institution(s):
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University of New Hampshire (Lead)

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Crop & Soil Sciences
Environmental Sciences

Water Management

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Page last updated 2/1/2017
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