Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Fellowships, Grants, & Awards

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Fellowships, Grants, & Awards

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Environmental Leadership Program Fellowship

Application materials are now available for the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) Fellowship class of 2001-2003. ELP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to training and supporting a new generation of environmental leaders from diverse cultural backgrounds, disciplines, and sectors. Through the three-year ELP Fellowship, ELP provides training, mentoring, funding for innovative projects, and technical support to 30 emerging environmental leaders per year.

The ELP Fellowship is an innovative national program designed to build the leadership capacity of the environmental movement's most promising emerging professionals. The ELP Fellowship offers unique networking opportunities, intensive leadership and skills training, mentoring, project seed money, and technical assistance. Fellows receive a $2,000 participation stipend, travel and accommodations for four training retreats, access to funding for capacity-building leadership activities, and national recognition through the program. ELP provides participants with the tools, support, and experience to spark public dialogue about environmental issues and energize their home institutions and communities.

Applicants for the ELP Fellowship must commit to participating in four retreats over three years--two retreats in the first year and one retreat in each subsequent year. ELP pays all retreat travel and accommodation costs. In 2001, retreats are scheduled for April 4-8 at the Trinity Conference Center in West Cornwall, Connecticut, and mid-August in the western United States. In addition, each fellow conducts a leadership-building project with support from the ELP Activity Fund. While fellows must participate in fellowship activities throughout the year and complete periodic assignments, they are expected to continue their full-time jobs or studies.

The ELP Fellowship targets newly established environmental practitioners eager to connect their specialized work to larger environmental and social concerns. While applicants need not be young in age, they should be relatively new to the environmental field with approximately 3-10 years of professional or postundergraduate experience. ELP programs do not target midcareer or veteran professionals.

In choosing each class of fellows, ELP seeks to bring together individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines, professions, educational experiences, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We additionally aim to balance participation from academia, nonprofit advocacy groups, all levels of government, and the private sector, and to choose fellows with a variety of issue expertise.

Demonstrated talent as a practitioner or scholar is a prerequisite. Participants must also show potential as interdisciplinary thinkers and effective communicators. The selection committee will evaluate fellowship applicants on the basis of past accomplishments and promise for future leadership. Successful applicants will articulate a clear understanding of how their specialized work fits into complex social, economic, and environmental issues.

All applicants must provide a general overview of initiatives they would potentially undertake with support from the ELP Activity Fund. Applicants should review the criteria and detailed information about this component of the ELP Fellowship.

Applications, required attachments, and recommendations must be received by 2 October 2000. Final decisions will be announced and all applicants will be notified by 15 December 2000. Applications are available on the ELP Web site.

The Environmental Leadership Program, a project of the Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, women, gays and lesbians, and people with disabilities.

Contact: Environmental Leadership Program, Fellowship Office, PO Box 446, Haydenville, MA 01039 USA, 413-268-0035, fax: 413-268-0036, email: elpnet@mindspring. …

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