BE PART OF THE RISING ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS PROGRAM: COHORT 2021
INFO SESSION: Tuesday, January 26th | 10-11am | Zoom - register for meeting link here
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 26
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 policy boot camp. The year-round leadership and communication development programs complement and enhance the boot camp experience.
NOTE: Due to COVID travel-related issues, the RELP D.C. Boot Camp will be held virtually in 2021. Although virtual, the D.C. program will continue to offer participants 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.
- 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.
Selected RELP fellows are expected to participate in a three-day virtual policy boot camp comprised of two, 2 hour sessions each day. (June 14, 15, & 17 tentative and TBC ) as well as attend mandatory preparatory Zoom workshops (3-4 tentatively scheduled Wednesdays between 12-1:15pm and held April 14, April 28, May 12 and May 26 and TBC).
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 2020-21 academic year.
- Can commit to program dates and requirements.