Green Fellowship

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Green Fellowship available to 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 grateful UC Davis alum, faculty and community members have donated money to create the Green Fellowship, which will support 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 students to implement a project advancing social justice and environmental sustainability at UC Davis 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.

Timeline:

April 1--Applications available
April 30--Applications due online by midnight
May 10--finalists may be invited for an interview
May 30--Fellows announced

Application Components:

Students will apply by submitting the following documents through the online application by midnight by midnight on Tuesday, April 30, 2019:

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


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.