Green Fellowship

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Green Fellowships fund projects exploring student-led advancement of social justice, sustainable technology, and environmental sustainability at UC Davis.

On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Whole Earth Festival in 2018 grateful UC Davis alumni, faculty and community members donated money to create the Green Fellowship, which supports students advancing social justice and environmental sustainability. These donors are also supporting the advancement of the Sustainable Living and Learning Communities (SLLC).

Two Green Fellows will be selected annually to receive $4,000 each. This funding is to inspire and support students to implement UC Davis projects advancing social justice and environmental sustainability through the SLLC.

Each fellowship includes $4,000 in direct financial support for the student and up to $2,500 to be used as directed by the advisor to the project for mentorship support or supplies. The Green Fellowship is open to all students in all majors who have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Project Criteria:

  1. The project should benefit the SLLC and be in relationship to its physical or program resources. SLLC programs are the Student Farm, the Domes and Tri-Coops, Project Compost, Solar Decathlon, and the Design-Lab. Connection of the fellowship work to the programs and space of the SLLC allows for continuity and year after year learning.
  2. The project should be designed in a way to have positive impacts for both social justice and environmental sustainability.
  3. An interdisciplinary approach to the project is necessary to ensure that the above is adequately addressed. Examples would be a project that focuses on waste management through composting and manifests in a work of art; or a project that focuses on the history of labor in California and manifests in new training or internship programs for SLLC gardeners and farmers.
  4. A connection to the UC’s Land Grant mission of serving the community.

Projects must be documented with materials appropriate to support ongoing conversations about the important long-term impacts of UC Davis student-led efforts in the areas of social justice, appropriate technology and environmental sustainability.

Annual Timeline:

  • April 1--Applications available from UC Davis Prestigious Scholarships Office
  • May 1-14--Online Q&A Sessions
  • May 15--Applications due online by midnight (APPLY HERE)
  • May 16-31--Application Review (finalists may be invited for an interview)
  • Early June--Fellows announced

Application Components:

Students will apply by submitting the following:

  1. A project proposal addressing the criteria in the section below. Proposals should include the following details.
    • Project summary and description
    • Outcome(s) from the project
    • Timeline and budget
  2. A letter of recommendation from an advisor who will mentor the student project. The advisor can be either a UC Davis faculty or staff with appropriate expertise to support the proposed project.
  3. (OPTIONAL) One or more letters in support of the proposal from an SLLC community that will be directly impacted by the project.

For More Information, contact SLLC Program Coordinator Ben Pearl at