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RELP Application 2020




INFO SESSION: Thursday, October 3rd | 10-11am | Y2E2 299

DEADLINE: November 1

Program Description: The Rising Environmental Leaders Program (RELP), equips early career scholars with the knowledge and networks to connect research to action. This interdisciplinary and highly competitive professional development program is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who have the potential and desire to become environmental leaders in their respective fields. RELP fellows demonstrate strong leadership skills, exceptional analytical/research capabilities and a keen interest in linking their studies to policy and decision-making. The RELP program provides professional development and networking opportunities including:  career-related workshops, seminars, meetings with cross-sector leaders and an intensive, Washington, D.C. Boot Camp. The year-round leadership and communication development programs complement and enhance the Boot Camp experience.

The RELP D.C. Boot Camp (March 22 – 28, 2020) provides firsthand knowledge about federal policy development, the role that research and fact-finding plays in policy-making, and the networks of organizations and individuals that influence the process. Participants meet with and hear perspectives from a range of stakeholders involved in environmental policy-making from government agencies and Congress to the non-profit, think tank, and academic sectors. RELP Boot Camp provides participants with the opportunity to engage with policy and environmental experts and gain valuable insights into how government in Washington really functions. We've also added a Sacramento mini-boot camp component to the RELP program designed to further expand that knowledge-base and introduce participants to sub-national issues and actors who are influencing environmental policy in California. 

Program Goals:   

  • Complement students’ formal education with hands-on, experiential learning;
  • Introduce opportunities for maximizing research impact or area of inquiry;
  • Build a network of peers and partners; and 
  • Provide exposure to career tracks outside academia.
Program Details: 
  • Selected RELP fellows are expected to participate in a week-long intensive program over Spring Break in Washington, D.C. (March 22 – 28, 2020) as well as attend four mandatory preparatory workshops (scheduled for Jan. 22; Feb. 12; Feb. 26; and Mar. 11, 2020).
  • There is also an optional 2-day mini-boot camp held in Sacramento in late April (currently scheduled April 30-May 1) focused on sub-national policy-making. 
  • RELP fellows are responsible for paying their travel costs to/from Washington, D.C. The Woods Institute covers all other expenses.

Who Should Apply:

Graduate students and postdocs who:

  • Have a strong interest in policy-making as well as an environmental research focus or area of inquiry aligned with the environment.
  • Will maintain eligibility/active status through the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Can commit to program dates and travel requirements.

Sample 350 word professional bios.



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