BE PART OF THE RISING ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS PROGRAM: COHORT 2022
INFO SESSION: Tuesday, October 12th | 10-11am | Register Here for Zoom Link
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 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. Boot Camp will be held in person for 2022. 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. 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 attend the in-person policy boot camp held from Sunday, March 20 through Thursday, March 24 (TBC ) as well as participate in mandatory preparatory workshops (tentatively scheduled in person) on Wednesdays between 11-12:30pm PT and held January 26, February 9 and 23, and March 9. NOTE: RELP fellows must cover their own transportation expenses to/from Washington, DC if boot camp is held in person.
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 2021-22 academic year.
- Can commit to program dates and requirements.