Fellowship Opportunities in the Master in Environmental Management Program

Master in Environmental Management (MEM) Program Fellowships

Western’s MEM offers a suite of graduate fellowships to reduce tuition, to enhance organizational partnerships, to elevate Master’s Project quality, and to improve career competitiveness for select MEM students.  If you have applied to the MEM Program, please indicate your interest in specific fellowships in an email to the corresponding faculty fellowship supervisor listed below.  The number of program fellows will be determined each year by the quality and quantity of the candidate pool.

Clark Environmental Fellowships

Ralph “Butch” Clark and the Clark family have been very generous to Western’s Center for Environment & Sustainability (ENVS) for over a decade.  Most recently, Butch donated to create the Clark Environmental Fellowships:

  • Clark ENVS Center Outreach Fellowships: for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years, two graduate students each have $5,000 fellowships to assist the ENVS Center with public events and sustainability education programs. Please contact Dr. John Hausdoerffer with questions, jhausdoerffer@western.edu
  • Clark Coldharbour Sustainable Living Center (CSLC) Fellowships: for the 2014-2015 and 2015-206 academic years, three graduate students each have $5,000 fellowships to develop water quality, permaculture innovations, and food distribution hubs for the new CSLC east of campus. Please contact Suzanne Ewy with questions, sewy@western.edu

Gunnison Trails Fellowship

For the 2014-2015 academic year, Gunnison Trails provided a $5,000 fellowship for MEM student Liz Weiss to assist the organization in planning for an expanding trail network in Gunnison that respects the concerns of landowners and ecologists.  Please contact Dr. John Hausdoerffer with questions, jhausdoerffer@western.edu

Gunnison County Electric Association Weatherization Fellowship

For the 2014-2015 academic year, the GCEA Weatherization Fellowship allows one MEM student to work on GCEA’s income-based weatherization program, helping GCEA strategize their outreach campaign for the program. GCEA’s weatherization program is designed to help income-qualified members receive weatherization services for free, and is available due to partnerships with Tri-State Generation & Transmission, the Colorado Energy Office, and Housing Resources of Colorado.  Please contact Dr. Abel Chavez with questions, achavez@western.edu

Sustainable and Resilient Communities Track Fellowships

  • SRC Community Leadership Fellowship: We offer five fellowships at $2,000 each for the 2015-2016 academic year. SRC Community Leadership Fellows will be asked to champion a high visibility community project during the year. At year’s end, each fellow will complete a product that serves the partner, such as a white paper, an action plan, or other deliverable of high value to the partner. There is the possibility for renewal of this fellowship in the second year, especially if it ties into the Master’s Project.

SRC fellowship opportunities will be linked to tangible projects across our community partners. Recipients of these awards will be asked to work closely with the project team consisting of MEM Faculty Mentors and relevant community partner(s). Please contact Dr. Abél Chávez (achavez@western.edu) if you have any questions about these fellowships, or SRC.

Incoming MEM Students

The following fellowships are for incoming MEM students who have a skill-set and desire to work on more tailored masters projects.  Each fellowship offers $5,000 towards first-year tuition, with the possibility for a second-year match. Students  should demonstrate commitment and passion for the project, have a track record of high academic achievement, and demonstrate financial need.

  • The Nature Conservancy Climate Adaptation Fellowship

The student who receives this fellowship will commit to working on a project with the Nature Conservancy focused on climate adaptation planning.  The fellowship requires a commitment of about 5 hours/week during the school year and 10 hours/week during the summer.

  • Gunnison Basin Riparian Restoration Fellowship

The student who receives this fellowship will commit to working with local partners on an ongoing riparian restoration project.  The fellowship requires a commitment of about 5 hours/week during the school year and 10 hours/week during the summer.

  • Integrated Land Management Fellowship

The student who receives this fellowship will commit to working with a partner group (to be determined) on their final project.  The fellowship requires a commitment of about 5 hours/week during the school year and 10 hours/week during the summer.

Incoming and Second-year MEM Students

The following fellowships can be either for first or second-year MEM students who will be pursuing a project in partnership with one of the following federal land management agencies.  Each fellowship provides $3,000 towards tuition or project expenses, with the potential for an agency match ($6,000). Recipients must demonstrate commitment towards a career in public land management and  financial need.  Preference will be given to individuals already working in some capacity for these organizations.

  • The National Park Service Fellowship
  • The Bureau of Land Management Fellowship
  • The United States Forest Service Fellowship
  • The Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • The United States Fish and Wildlife Service

ILM fellowship opportunities will be linked to tangible projects across our community partners. Recipients of these awards will be asked to work closely with the project team consisting of MEM Faculty Mentors and relevant community partner(s). Please contact Dr. Corrine Knapp (cknappp@western.edu) if you have any questions about these fellowships, or ILM.

AmeriCorps Volunteers

Eligible individuals will have been accepted into both the MEM and an upcoming 1700-hour-level AmeriCorps position,  and/or will have been accepted into the MEM program and actively engaged in their AmeriCorps Service, and/or will have completed one full-time term of service (at least 1,700 hours over one year or less) prior to MEM acceptance.

You must be able to provide one of the following forms of documentation:

  • Letter from AmeriCorps supervisor
  • Certification of Service
  • Acceptance of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
  • VISTA Certification Letter

AmeriCorps volunteers who receive the fellowship will receive it as a one time fellowship match of the current AmericaCorps education award to be applied across two years of their graduate tuition.  For students who choose a second AmeriCorps term during the period of the MEM, a second match is possible, although would require a competitive application process.  First preference given to AmeriCorps members who specifically serve as part of the Western Hardrock Team (http://www.hardrockteam.org/) or the Coal Country Team (http://www.coalcountryteam.org/).  Please contact Dr. John Hausdoerffer with questions, MEM@western.edu

Peace Corps Master International and Returning Peace Corps Volunteers

Eligible individuals will have completed the full two-year tour of Peace Corps service or have been accepted into the Master of Environmental Management Program and the Peace Corps Master’s International Program. (http://www.western.edu/academics/graduate-programs/mem-master-environmental-management/peace-corps-masters-international)

You must be able to provide the following form of documentation:

  • Peace Corps Description of Service (DOS)
  • Or proof of Peace Corps Masters International acceptance

Fellowship Award for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Returned Peace Corp volunteers who receive this fellowship will receive a one time $5,000 award to be applied to their graduate tuition.

Peace Corps International Masters Students

Peace Corps International Masters Students who receive this fellowship will receive a 50% reduction in tuition during their international placement and graduate project work while abroad for one year.

Please contact Dr. Jessica Young with questions, jyoung@western.edu

Military personnel

Eligible individuals are active duty military personnel, honorably discharged veterans,

and military retirees.

This includes all personnel listed in the Title 10 US Code, including DoD (USA, USAF, USMC, USN), Department of Homeland Security (USCG), Department of Commerce (NOAA) and the Department of HHS (UP Public Health Service). Eligible veterans are individuals honorably discharged in one of the previously mentioned organizations. Retirees are veterans who have served honorably for 20 or more years.

You must be able to provide one of the following forms of documentation:

  • Recent Military Orders
  • Current Military ID Card
  • DD Form 214: Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty

Fellowship Award for Veterans, Active Duty Personnel, and Military Retirees

Veterans who receive the fellowship will receive a one time $5,000 Fellowship to be applied to their tuition for that year.

Please contact Dr. Jessica Young with questions, jyoung@western.edu

Global MEM Fellows

Partial tuition fellowships are available for international students or for domestic students seeking funding for international Master’s Projects.  Please contact Dr. Jessica Young with questions, jyoung@western.edu

Second Year Master’s Project Fund

This fund varies from year to year in quantity, but is designed as a fund to which all second-year students can apply in order to fund specific aspects of Master’s Projects.  The application process will come in two rounds: April 15, and August 21.  Please contact Dr. John Hausdoerffer with questions, jhausdoerffer@western.edu