The Switzer Fellowship provides one-year scholarships to exceptionally bright graduate students from a variety of academic and personal backgrounds in New England and California with studies and career ambitions focused on environmental development and who display leadership in their area. A $15,000 stipend, leadership training, access to a strong network of Switzer Fellowship alums, and chances for professional growth and funding beyond the fellowship year are all included in the fellowship.
The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation’s employees and trustees, as well as their family members, are not eligible to apply. In selecting fellows, the foundation does not make distinctions based on race, colour, gender, gender expression, age, handicap, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation promotes environmental leaders for the twenty-first century who have the capacity, determination, and integrity to create good change through the Switzer Fellowship. Only the most active, dedicated, and focused individuals will be selected to join the Switzer Network, which has selected 700 fellows since 1986. Switzer Fellows are pioneering environmental and social transformation in fields such as environmental research, policy, justice, public health, economics, media, urban planning, business, and law, among others. Switzer Fellows come from a variety of social, educational, and financial backgrounds. They value multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration, practical outcomes, and collaborative leadership. They are also dedicated to continuing their professional growth and enhancing their leadership abilities throughout their careers.
Below a brief description of the scholarship is given:
|Organization||Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation|
|Number of Awards||Varies|
|State||New England and California|
|Application Deadline||January 10, 2022|
|Requirements||Essay, letter of recommendation, Evidence of financial need, recent graduate academic transcripts and resume|
Who is Eligible?
A Switzer Fellowship applicant must be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) participant (international students are ineligible). They must be enrolled full-time at an approved graduate institution in California or one of the six New England states (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI) for the whole 2022-2023 academic year. They should have excellent academic credentials and academic and career ambitions that are geared toward environmental betterment. Candidates for the Master’s degree (including JD students) must have completed at least one semester or a quarter of course work and be seeking the Master’s degree as their terminal degree. Individuals enrolled in one-year Master’s degree programmes may apply before enrolling. Still, they must be formally accepted into their programme to be considered for a Switzer Fellowship interview (held in May). Students pursuing a master’s degree who want to pursue a PhD should wait until they are in their PhD programme to apply. By July 1, 2022, applicants for the PhD level must have completed at least three years of doctoral studies or passed their qualifying examinations. Individuals who are still uncertain or early in their academic programme are more competitive than PhD applicants with defined research and career emphasis. Students in their mid-career are encouraged to apply but must demonstrate how their academic degree will help them become more effective environmental leaders.
How to Apply?
Interested candidates will have to log in with their Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation account if they have one to access the online application form. If they are not a holder of this account, they can create a new one to further their application process.
Along with their application, candidates will have to submit the following documents to get considered:
- A 2-3 page original essay
- Two professional letters of recommendation
- A current resume
- Most recent graduate academic transcripts
- Evidence of financial need where applicable
The fellowship is split into two equal payments, with the first due in June and the second due in late January. Tuition, enrollment, and other university fees, housing costs, and education- or research-related expenditures are all eligible for the whole award. The fellowship may be deemed income if not used for these reasons, and the fellow may be subject to income tax.
During and after their fellowship year, the foundation expects all winners to be active members of the Switzer Network. Attending foundation networking events, writing articles for the foundation’s website, participating in listserv or group discussions, hosting or participating in an issue-based webinar or conference call, organizing an informal social gathering, or coaching an earlier-career fellow are all examples of this.
The last date of the application is January 10, 2022. Late submission will not be accepted.