[GRRN] Environmental Leadership Fellowship

Amy Perlmutter (amyp@chelseacenter.org)
Mon, 30 Aug 1999 13:03:35 -0400


Application deadline: October 15, 1999
Application available at: www.ELPnet.org

The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is pleased to announce the
inaugural year of its annual ELP Fellowship. ELP is a non-profit initiative
to promote leadership development and training opportunities for
professionals who are relatively new to the environmental field. The
ELP Fellowship provides intensive leadership and skills training with
opportunities for mentoring, project seed money, and technical support.
Ultimately, the goal of ELP is to nurture a new generation of environmental
leadership that is characterized by diversity, innovative thinking,=
building, and effective communications.

Fellowship Details

The ELP Fellowship is a highly experiential and innovative national program
that aims to build the leadership capacity of the environmental movement's
most promising emerging professionals. Each year, a new class of twenty
to thirty fellows will be chosen to receive intensive training,=
support, and mentoring for a three-year period. Fellows will receive
national recognition through the program and gain access to funding to
pursue further skill training and develop new projects. ELP will provide
participants with the tools, support, and experience to lead public debates
about environmental issues and energize their home institutions and
Required Commitments. Applicants for the ELP Fellowship must commit to
participating in four retreats over three years-two retreats in the first
year and one retreat in each subsequent year. ELP will provide each fellow
with a modest participation stipend and pay all travel costs for the
retreats. While the fellowship requires regular participation throughout
the year, fellows are expected to continue in their full-time jobs or=
Upon selection, fellows must provide ELP with written acknowledgment from
their employers allowing them participate in ELP retreats and other
fellowship activities that require time away from work.

Becoming a Fellow=20
Who Should Apply?

ELP targets newly established environmental practitioners eager to connect
their specialized work to broader environmental and social concerns. In
choosing each class of fellows, ELP will bring together individuals from
a broad spectrum of disciplines, professions, educational experiences, and
cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The program's goal is to balance
participation from academia, non-profit advocacy groups, all levels of
government, and the private sector. While applicants need not be young
in age, the program is designed for people who are relatively new to the
environmental field with approximately three to ten years of professional
or post-undergraduate experience. ELP programs do not target
veteran, or mid-career professionals.

Demonstrated talent for intellectual or public leadership is a prerequisite
for selection. Applicants who also exhibit the ability or strong potential
to work across disciplines, communicate effectively, and build support
for innovation are most likely to be selected. Successful applicants will
describe how the ELP Fellowship will help them develop their work, and
how their future efforts will contribute to the future of the environmental

All applicants must provide a general overview of initiatives they might
undertake with support from the ELP Activity Fund. Applicants should
review the criteria and detailed information about this component of the ELP
Fellowship which is available on our web site: www.ELPnet.org.

How will applicants be evaluated?

Applicants will be evaluated on:

=B7 their accomplishments, background, and professional progress shown in
their resume or c.v.;

=B7 the recommendations of people who have worked closely with the=

=B7 the clarity, breadth, and thoughtfulness of responses to the narrative
questions in the fellowship application.

Depending on their background, applicants will be evaluated on the basis
of their initiatives, campaigns, projects, or scholarship, and their=
to stimulate and deepen public debates about key environmental issues.

Selection Process

Completed applications can be sent to ELP until Monday, November 1, 1999.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials by Friday,
October 15, although formal review will not begin until November 1.
Applicants will be notified via postcard or email that their application
is complete and being processed. Each application will be reviewed by the
ELP Fellowship Selection Committee and final decisions will be made at a
committee meeting in early December. The committee is composed of
professionals from a diverse array of disciplines, backgrounds, and
institutions. Decisions will be announced and all applicants will be
sent notification letters by December 15, 1999.

For more detailed information and to review the ELP Fellowship Application,
please log on to our web site: www.ELPnet.org. If you do not have access
to the Internet, write us to receive an application kit.

Environmental Leadership Program
A project of The Tides Center
P.O. Box 209198
New Haven, CT 06520

Amy Perlmutter
Executive Director
Chelsea Center for Recycling and
Economic Development
University of Massachusetts
180 Second Street
Chelsea, MA 02150
617-887-2300/fax 617-887-0399
visit our web site at www.chelseacenter.org