Eligibility and Requirements
Who Can Apply to Be a Fellow?
Applicants should have graduated with a Bachelors degree in the past 3 years and/or be currently enrolled and good academic standing in a graduate program from an accredited College.
As stated in our mission, we are interested in training a new generation of diverse and inclusive sustainability scientists. To that end, for U.S. applicants we encourage 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, and Hispanic or Latino, female, first generation college students.
GSS also welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students; students who have experienced, and worked to overcome, educational or economic disadvantage and/or have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in research careers.
No person shall be denied admission to any educational program or activity or be denied employment on the basis of any legally prohibited discrimination involving, but not limited to, such factors as race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.
What Type of Qualities Make a Strong Candidate for This Program?
This program is geared for college graduates or professionals in sustainability fields who have completed their degrees in the past three years. Applicants must demonstrate through professional experience that they are self-directed, mature, and that they have a deep commitment to working in the field of sustainability science and that they have a deep understanding on why equity and justice interests must be addressed in sustainability solutions. Additionally, strong candidates must be able to travel, be open to learning leadership and professional development skills, and be committed to mentoring undergraduates from underrepresented in the field. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Will Dreamers or DACA Recipients Be Considered for as a GSS Fellow?
Because this program travels abroad and may require visas to visit certain countries, all applicants must have legal documentation such as US passport to be eligible.
What Does a Strong GSS Fellow Application Look Like?
Applicants need to demonstrate their expertise and experience in Sustainability Studies as well as articulate their career goals and how this fellowship will further their career.
As stated in our mission, we are interested in training a new generation of diverse and inclusive sustainability scientists. To that end, in the US cohort, we are looking for scholars who are historically underrepresented in STEM fields, including but not limited to students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latinx, female, first generation college students. GSS also welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender students; students who have experienced, and worked to overcome, educational or economic disadvantage and/or have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in research careers.
Do GSS Fellow Applicants Need to Be in the STEM Sciences?
No, however they must be familiar with the natural sciences involved in developing solutions to sustainability goals. For example GSS Fellows may be working toward a career in communications, advocacy, or public policy.
What Type of Work Will I Be Doing as a Fellow?
Fellowships opportunities will be advertised on our website and will likely change from year to year. However, two positions will be available every year working with the GSS community, developing relationships with international researchers and mentoring GSS scholars. These positions will travel abroad with scholars and will assist with curriculum development. In 2019, GSS fellows will join the program from June 3 through August 9, 2019.
Will I Have a Mentor as a GSS Fellow?
Yes! This is an important and key piece of the program. You will have a program mentor and an outside mentor.
What is new about the Fellows Plus Program?
The selected GSS Fellow will travel abroad for 10 weeks during the summer with the GSS Program while working with international research teams. The Fellow will begin with professional development and community building workshops, then launch into their professional experience. The Fellow will be paid a stipend for their full participation in the summer program. After the summer program, fellows will be paid hourly for up to 20 hrs /week during the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters to continue their work with Future Earth coordinating surveys, projects and meetings with 15 international research teams that work on food, energy, and water sustainability.
What do I gain as a Fellow Plus?
The fellow will build a network of academic, professional and peer mentors from across disciplines, cultures, and institutions, all focused on sustainability science solutions and collaboration leadership.