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Fellowships

About National Wildlife Federation Graduate Student Research Fellowships

National Wildlife Federation Graduate Student Fellows help to inform and strengthen NWF Education and Engagement programs through dedicated research projects. Monetary fellowship grants are awarded to graduate students working with NWF staff on research that helps to expand the content and development of a variety of efforts across NWF's Education and Engagement programs. Fellows join a national network of current and alumni fellows, many of whom have gone on to lead new businesses, agencies, and programs for sustainability all across the U.S.

We are currently accepting applications for the following six graduate student Fellowship Positions. Click on the Request for Application (RFA) links below to access detailed information for the Fellowship opportunity and instructions on how to apply:

Environmental Action Education Research Fellow - Request for Applications
In an effort to assist NWF’s Earth Tomorrow Program in developing new Environmental Justice education tools and promoting “education to action” opportunities, the Environmental Action Research Fellow will inventory the current environmental justice resources NWF has for youth, research new education tools for youth and share recommendations for which tools should be incorporated in an “education to action” toolkit.

K-12 Education Research Fellow - Request for Applications
In an effort for National Wildlife Federation to better serve the K-12 education community, the goal of this Fellowship includes researching the changing landscape of education in the U.S. today as a result of the continuing pandemic. How has learning and the tools used to reach students changed? How much of this change will define new ways of learning post-pandemic, and what strategies will NWF need to develop and incorporate into our environment-based programming to meet these needs. This Fellowship will also explore the development of an NWF K-12 Educator Advisory Board to provide staff with input from practicing teachers. The research will include how best to strategically set up an advisory board, criteria for choosing educators, compensation, and structure the process. Fellows will have the opportunity to utilize this research to support staff in developing the advisory board.

Community Partnerships Research Fellow - Request for Applications
In an effort to better serve the hundreds of communities we work with, the Community Partnerships
Research Fellow will support the growth and expansion of National Wildlife Federation’s community-based programs by researching Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), or women-led organizations that are doing community based environmental/conservation work. This research should grasp the models and practices such organizations use to create meaningful relationships and enact lasting change in historically marginalized communities.

EcoLeader Community Research Fellow - Request for Applications
(2 Fellowship Positions Available)
In an effort to better serve the NWF EcoLeaders community, the NWF EcoLeader
Community Fellows will support the growth and development of EcoLeaders and EcoCareers programs
based on research of best practices in related leadership and career development programs, the
advancement of equity and justice principles, stakeholder engagement, and the development of new or revised content.

EcoLeader Tribal Colleges and Universities Research Fellow - Request for Applications
In an effort to strengthen the NWF EcoLeaders community, the NWF EcoLeader Community Fellow will
support the growth and development of EcoLeaders and EcoCareers programs based on research of best practices related to strengthening and building relationships with Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and the advancement of equity, justice, and inclusivity principles within these programs.

The deadline to submit applications is May 15, 2022 by midnight ET.

Contact Fellows@nwf.org with any questions.


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