BE PART OF THE RISING ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS PROGRAM: COHORT 2023
INFO SESSION: Tuesday, October 4th | 10-11am Y2E2 299/Hybrid | Register Here for Zoom
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 21
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: Unless COVID restrictions change, RELP D.C. and Sacramento Boot Camps will be held in person for 2023.The D.C. program offers 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. The Sacramento program provides an insider's view of a successful climate policy-making process at the sub-national level. Both RELP Boot Camps provide participants with the opportunity to engage with policy and environmental experts and gain valuable insights into how government 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.
This year we are adding project-based assignments to encourage deeper engagement with pre-bootcamp workshop content that are designed to be completed in small groups. Selected RELP fellows are expected to attend the in-person DC policy boot camp held from Sunday, March 26 through Thursday, March 30 as well as Sacramento boot camp held on Thursday and Friday, May 4-5 (TBC). Fellows must also participate in mandatory preparatory workshops (tentatively scheduled in person) on Wednesdays between 10:30-12:00pm PT and held January 18, February 1 and 15, March 15 and 22 (11a-12p), and April 12 and 26 (11a-12p). NOTE: RELP fellows must cover their own transportation expenses to/from Washington, DC.
Who Should Apply:
Stanford 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 Stanford eligibility/active status through the 2022-23 academic year.
- Can commit to program dates and requirements.