Applications are currently being accepted for the Global Sustainability Scholars Fellows Program 2024. This program offers a 10-week paid immersive training and mentoring experience with a global sustainability organization.
During the program, fellows will have the opportunity to gain professional work experience, receive mentorship from professionals in the field, and participate in professional development training. Additionally, they will have the chance to build a network of international connections in the field of sustainability science.
Global Sustainability Scholars Fellows Program 2024 (Up To $8,000 Stipend)
The program aims to accept 5-10 fellows each year, who will become part of the GSS community. This community provides advanced professional development training and helps fellows establish professional connections that can lead to employment or graduate school opportunities.
Fellows will collaborate with sustainability organizations, such as Belmont Forum research projects or Future Earth projects focused on OCEAN sustainability. Each fellowship may offer unique opportunities and experiences, but all fellows will have access to a core curriculum and a GSS mentor. These fellowships may also fulfil the requirements of professional internships for graduate school programs.
Every year, GSS partners with different international organizations that conduct and support research in sustainability solutions. In 2023, for example, they partnered with a Belmont Forum-funded research project focused on Ocean Sustainability. GSS fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with these projects for 10 weeks.
- GSS Fellows should have completed a bachelor’s degree within the past four years, currently be enrolled in a graduate school, and demonstrate their interest in working on global sustainability solutions.
- Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship and possess the necessary legal documentation, such as a passport, to travel abroad by March 2024.
- GSS particularly encourages applications from individuals who are historically underrepresented in STEM fields. This includes but is not limited to, students who identify as Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, first-generation college students, LGBTQIA+ students, those who have overcome educational or economic disadvantages, and those who face personal or family circumstances that may hinder their progress in research careers.
- Strong candidates for the program must be willing and able to travel (if applicable in the given year), be open to acquiring leadership and professional development skills, and commit to mentoring undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds in the field.
- Fellows will receive a stipend of $8,000 for their full participation in the program.
- The GSS Program will cover the cost of round-trip economy class airfare and provide housing in a program house or a similar arrangement. Please note that accommodation arrangements at different host sites may vary and require flexibility.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it required for GSS Fellow applicants to be in the STEM sciences?
While it is not a requirement, applicants should have familiarity with the natural and social sciences related to sustainability to develop solutions. For instance, GSS Fellows who are interested in pursuing careers in communications, advocacy, or public policy would greatly benefit from this knowledge.
What kind of tasks or responsibilities will be assigned to me as a fellow?
The Fellowship offers a full-time job experience that includes professional meetings, communications, and tasks. In the Summer of 2024, selected Fellows will have the opportunity to work on either Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action (CRAs) projects or Earth Lab projects. The Belmont Forum CRAs focus on addressing challenges related to Ocean sustainability, while Earth Lab, based at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, specializes in data-intensive, open, and reproducible environmental science. Upon selection, Fellows will be matched with partner organizations and themes based on their skills and interests.
Is this a paid Fellowship?
Yes, Fellows will receive a payment of USD 8,000 for their full ten-week participation in the program.
What costs should I plan for?
Participants in GSS are responsible for covering their own healthcare costs, insurance, meals, commuting, and extracurricular activities. It is important to note that GSS does not provide reimbursement for expenses such as passport fees, visa expenses, required vaccines, or additional luggage fees. Furthermore, any costs associated with missed or rescheduled flights due to changes in participants’ plans are not the responsibility of GSS.
How To Apply For The Global Sustainability Scholars Fellows Program 2024
To begin your application ensure to fill out the online application form accurately.
Review your application before submission
All submissions should be done before January 15, 2024.
For further information please visit GSS Fellows Program.
January 15, 2024.