NWF Emerging Leader Fellowships

2013 Fellowship Class

Since 2000, National Wildlife Federation has awarded over 170 Fellowships to students across the country working on projects ranging from campus-wide energy audits to implementing sustainable forestry practices; reaching more than 2.5 million students, faculty, staff and community members at the fellowship campuses. 

NWF’s Fellows confront global warming on their campuses and in their communities to help to educate and engage the campus community on global warming impacts and solutions. Monetary fellowship grants are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students working with other members of the faculty, staff, or administration on projects designed to help reverse global warming on campus and beyond. In addition to a modest grant, Fellows also receive project support, leadership development, recognition of their accomplishments and other perks.       

New in 2013, the program has expanded to provide fellowship opportunities not only to current students, but also to post-graduate, young professionals (ages 21-35) interested in career development and leadership opportunities within the conservation movement.  The program is an extension of NWF’s successful Campus Ecology Fellows Program.  Throughout the fellowship term, selected applicants are provided leadership opportunities through NWF and our state affiliate organizations, seed funding for their entrepreneurial efforts, additional leadership and skills trainings, and a diverse support network of peers and mentors.   

Learn more about NWF's Emerging Leaders Initiative for post-grad, young professionals!

2014 Fellowships 

This year, the Emerging Leader Fellowship program will be a one-year intensive leadership development program for 20 select young professionals and college students interested in leadership opportunities, additional skill trainings, and support from a diverse network of peers and mentors. The focus of this year’s fellowship will be on leadership and professional development, providing in-depth development opportunities throughout the program in lieu of a monetary stipend. By focusing on intense leadership and professional development, skills learned can be used in a wide range of settings to advance career and educational objectives.

Perks and Privileges:
  • Professional development training and networking throughout fellowship term;
  • Possibility of academic credit for successful completion of the project, as an independent study or integration of fellowship project into course curricula
  • In-Person intensive leadership training in GA August 9 - 13th
  • Opportunities to represent NWF at conferences and events related to your fellowship
  • Support in identifying funds for your work or project
  • One-on-one coaching sessions with the training facilitator(s)
  • Strategic and administrative support for your project from NWF Staff

The application deadline for the 2014 class of Fellows has passed.

Congratulations to our 2014 Class of NWF Fellows!


Meet Past Campus Ecology Fellows 

Since 2000, NWF has awarded over 150 fellowships to students across the country working on projects ranging from campus-wide energy audits to implementing sustainable forestry practices. Check out our searchable Campus Map to learn about current and past Fellows! 

2000 -2013 Fellowship Summary

This program is partially funded through the generous support of the Kendeda Sustainability Fund of the Tides Foundation, Kendeda Fund, Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Town Creek Foundation.

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