Switzer Fellowship 2024 (Up To $17,000 Cash Award) – APPLY NOW

Currently, applications are being accepted for the Switzer Fellowship 2024. The fellowship is designed for graduate students in New England and California who come from varied academic and personal backgrounds and have a professional focus on environmental advancement.

Switzer Fellowship 2024
Switzer Fellowship 2024

Switzer Fellows exhibit leadership within their respective fields and show dedication and proficiency in promoting social equity as an essential component of their work in addressing environmental challenges.

Program Details

The fellowship encompasses a $17,000 cash prize, leadership training, and ongoing opportunities for professional growth and grant support within the Switzer Network, which comprises more than 700 fellows chosen since 1986.

Switzer Fellows are influential figures in the fields of environmental and social change, spanning disciplines such as science, policy, justice, health, economics, advocacy, planning, business, and law. Hailing from diverse social, academic, and economic backgrounds, these individuals are dedicated to promoting social equity, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, achieving tangible outcomes, and practicing inclusive leadership.


  • The Switzer Fellowship provides an unrestricted cash award of $17,000, which is paid in two installments; the first in June and the second in January.
  • As part of the fellowship, recipients participate in two multi-day retreats throughout the year. These retreats aim to build a sense of community among fellows, provide opportunities for networking, and focus on developing leadership skills that emphasize equity.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants include U.S. citizens, permanent residents, DACA recipients, refugees, and asylees as defined by the United States Department of Homeland Security; international students are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in California or one of the six New England states (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI) and intend to remain enrolled for the entire 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Strong academic qualifications and a focused academic and career interest in environmental improvement are required.
  • Those pursuing a Master’s degree, including J.D. students, must have completed at least one semester or quarter of coursework and be pursuing a Master’s as their final degree.
  • Master’s degree students aiming for a Ph.D. are advised to defer their application until they are in their Ph.D. program.
  • Students enrolled in one-year Master’s degree programs may apply before enrollment but need to be formally accepted into their program to qualify for a Switzer Fellowship interview (held in May).
  • D. candidates should have completed a minimum of three years of doctoral work or plan to have passed their qualifying exams by July 1, 2024.
  • Mid-career students are urged to submit their applications and are required to illustrate how their academic program will contribute to their ability to serve as effective environmental leaders.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications undergo evaluation based on the following criteria:

  • Dedication to environmental causes
  • Practical application of skills
  • Creative approach to problem-solving
  • Potential for leadership
  • Ability to collaborate and engage with others
  • Understanding and experience in social equity
  • Communication abilities

Application Procedure

Are you interested and Qualified? Please click on this link to submit your application for this opportunity.

For further details please visit the official website of Switzer Fellowship   2024.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting completed applications (including all supporting documents) is at 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, January 8, 2024.



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