December 2020
Looking for volunteer
application readers

We are changing the way we review Switzer Fellowship applications and we need your help.

To make our selection process more equitable, we will expand the number of people who read applications and decide who will be interviewed as a finalist. Volunteer readers will review 4-8 applications in late January through late February. To be eligible, you need to be a Switzer Fellow and you need to have completed your degree program.

If you are interested, please let us know by responding to the questions in this Google form

Our goal is to create a group of reviewers that represent a cross-section of cohorts, sectors, geography, degree, race, ethnicity, gender, and first-generation college students. Thanks for helping us select the next generation of environmental leaders and your future colleagues in the Switzer Network!
Leadership Grant Program

We will be accepting concept letters under the Leadership Grant Program for the spring 2021 cycle! This program supports organizations which hire a Switzer Fellow in a staff or consulting role which addresses a critical environmental issue, elevates the fellow's leadership on that issue, and increases the capacity of the organization to address the issue. Grants of up to $40,000 are available. If you have an organization with which you would like to partner on a Leadership Grant concept, please contact Erin to discuss your idea. Deadlines are:
  • February 1, 2021: Concept letters due
  • March 1, 2021: Invited proposals due
  • May 7, 2021: Award decisions made
  • June, 2021: Awards paid
Become a JEDI Master: Journey Toward a More Equitable Future

A new Network Innovation grant for $10,000 has been awarded to Jolisa Brooks, Daisy Benitez, and Genie Bey to fund the the creation of a toolkit and resources that will provide a starting point for interrogating the causes of inequity in American society, specifically as it relates to racial, environmental, gender, and economic oppression. The toolkit will highlight the importance of climate and environmental justice and how those movements are inextricably linked to the Black Lives Matter and other global social justice movements. 

Learn more

Now accepting Fellowship applications

The application period for 2021 Switzer Fellowships is now open. We encourage fellows to share this news with your networks and to let us know if there are contacts whom you think we should reach out to. Please share the Call for Applications and refer potential applicants to the guidelines on our website. We continue to strongly encourage students of color, first-generation students, and individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups in environmental field graduate programs to apply. Thanks for helping us spread the word to great applicants! Completed applications (including all supporting documents) are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 8, 2021.

Help us craft our Land Acknowledgement

The Switzer Foundation has created a land acknowledgement, as well as a staff post about its purpose and the process of crafting such a statement during a time without physical gatherings. We are seeking feedback from the network on the acknowledgement and hope to open discussion on the process.

Read the post and provide feedback

Kimberley Miner: Deep frozen arctic microbes are waking up

Thawing permafrost is releasing microorganisms, with consequences that are still largely unknown, writes Kimberley Miner in the November issues of Scientific American

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Upcoming Events
Virtual social hour/coffee break for BIPOC Switzer Fellows*
Thursday, January 7
3:00 p.m. EST - Zoom link
3:00 p.m. PST - Zoom link
There are two options - choose the one that works best for you, or feel free to attend both! No need to register ahead of time.
* Please note these social hours are for Switzer Fellows who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color.

Decarbonizing Bank Lending: Moving banks towards a low carbon pathway
Thursday, January 14
9:30 a.m. PST/12:30 p.m. EST
Switzer Fellows are invited to join Edie Farwell of Confluence Philanthropy and Patrick McCully of Rainforest Action Network for a conversation about climate solutions in the banking industry.
Learn more and register
The Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) Conservation Initiative is hiring a U.S. Program Director. Please let Sarah Reed know if you plan to apply, and she would be happy to facilitate an introduction to her contacts at Y2Y. Deadline: December 15. 

Confluence Philanthropy is hiring a Climate Solutions Collaborative (C2C) Senior Program Manager. The person must live in the Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, CT). 
Please let Sarah Reed know if you plan to apply, and she'd be glad to facilitate an introduction to the hiring manager at Confluence. The position is open until filled.

The North Cascades Institute in Washington State is looking for a new Executive Director. Please let Sarah Reed know if you are interested, and she'd be happy to make an introduction to a colleague who is on the organization's board.

We invite fellows to post job opportunities to the listserv directly by emailing Please include if you are willing to serve as an informational resource for interested fellows. We also invite posts requesting help with your own job searches. Contact Laine if your email does not go through so they can check which account you are registered with.
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