Switzer Foundation: Switzer Fellowship Program

Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation

Grant amount: US $15,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 7, 2019 9:00pm PST

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire Expand all

Location of citizenship: United States

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The Switzer Fellowship Program offers one-year Fellowships to highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies and career goals are directed toward environmental improvement and who clearly demonstrate leadership in their field.

The Fellowship provides a $15,000 cash award for academic study, leadership training, access to a vibrant network of almost 600 Switzer Fellowship alums, and opportunities for professional development during the Fellowship year and beyond.

Through the Switzer Fellowship Program, the Foundation supports environmental leaders for the 21st century who have the ability, determination and integrity to effect positive change.  Only the most active, committed and focused individuals will compete successfully to join the Switzer Fellowship Network of almost 600 Fellows selected since 1986.

Switzer Fellows are working in a wide range of environmental fields including the traditional environmental sciences such as biology, chemistry and engineering, but also environmental policy, economics, conservation, public health, journalism, urban planning, environmental justice, business and law.  Switzer Fellows are committed to interdisciplinary work, applied results, and collaborative leadership.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants for a Switzer Fellowship must be a U.S. citizen.
  • He/ she must be enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in California or New England
  • Applicants must have strong academic qualifications with academic and career goals focused on environmental improvement
  • The applicant must plan to be enrolled as a full time student for the entire ‘16-’17 academic year in order to be considered.
  • Master’s degree candidates must have completed at least one semester or quarter of course work to apply, and be seeking the Master’s as their terminal degree
  • Master’s degree students planning to pursue a PhD are advised to wait until they are in their PhD program to apply.
    • JD students compete as Master's students
  • Individuals enrolled in one-year Master’s degree programs may apply prior to enrollment, but must be formally accepted into their program to be eligible for a Fellowship interview (in May)
  • Applicants at the PhD level must plan to have completed at least three years of doctoral work by July 1, or plan to have passed their qualifying exams by May 1
  • Mid-career students may apply and must demonstrate how their academic program will enhance their effectiveness as an environmental leader


  • PhD candidates with a clear research and career focus are more competitive than individuals who are still undecided or early in their academic program.