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Fellowships to USA Graduate Students for Professional Development Related to Sustainability

Global Sustainability Scholars (GSS) Fellows Program


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Global Sustainability Scholars (GSS) - Belmont Forum
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences CIRES
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Important Dates
Deadline: 01/21/24 Save

Grant Description
Fellowships of $8,000 to USA graduate students to attend a ten-week professional development program related to sustainability. Selected fellows will benefit from mentorship, training, networking, and work experience with a global sustainability organization. This year's program will focus on ocean sustainability. Eligible applicants must have a deep commitment to working in the field of sustainability science and be familiar with the natural and social sciences involved.

The GSS Fellows program offers a 10-week paid immersive training and mentoring with a global sustainability organization. Fellows will gain professional work experience, receive professional mentorship and professional development training, and build an international professional network in sustainability science. Fellows will join the GSS community, provide advanced professional development training, and build professional connections that foster opportunities for employment and/or graduate school opportunities.

The Fellowship will be a full-time job experience with professional meetings, communications, and tasks.  During Summer 2024, Fellows will be selected to work with Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action (CRAs) projects or Earth Lab projects. Belmont Forum CRAs work on issues of Ocean sustainability. Earth Lab is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder and specializes in data-intensive, open, and reproducible environmental science.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be U.S. citizens who have graduated with a Bachelor's degree in the past four years and who are currently enrolled and in good academic standing in a graduate program from an accredited college. If you are not currently enrolled but have been accepted to a graduate program for Fall 2023, please be sure to submit your future enrollment verification with your transcripts.

As stated in the GSS mission, GSS is interested in training a new generation of diverse and inclusive sustainability scientists. To that end, GSS strongly encourages applicants who are historically underrepresented in STEM fields, including but not limited to students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, first-generation college students.

GSS also welcomes LGBTQIA+ students; students who have experienced, and worked to overcome educational or economic disadvantages and/or have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in research careers.

Because this program travels abroad and may require visas to visit certain countries, all applicants must have legal documentation such as a U.S. passport to be eligible. You must have a valid US passport two months prior to travel.

GSS participants are responsible for their own healthcare costs, insurance, meals, commuting, and extracurricular activities. GSS cannot reimburse participants for passport expenses, visas, required vaccines, and extra luggage fees. GSS is not responsible for costs associated with missed flights and rescheduled flights due to participants’ changes in plans.

Pre-Application Information
Applications open November 1st, 2023 for the 2024 summer program, and close on January 21, 2024.

Fellows FAQs:

Number of Grants
5-10 fellows will be accepted per year.

Estimated Size of Grant
Fellows are paid USD $8,000 for the ten weeks of full participation.

The GSS Program will cover round trip airfare (economy class) and housing in a program house or some similar arrangement.

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