Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Division Student Fellowship Program

Deadline: September 27, 2019

APA's Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Division announces its Student Fellowship Program for second-year planning graduate students.

Purpose

To provide financial support for a student interested and excelling in graduate level studies in planning related to natural resources, energy or the environment.

Award

$1,500 for the 2019-20 School Calendar Year (the award will be distributed in two amounts of $750 each at the end of each semester of the 2019-2020 school year). It is the responsibility of the Fellowship recipient to maintain the course of study identified in their application and achieve a GPA of B or greater in both the semesters that the fellowship amounts are awarded. The recipient will also be required to summarize his or her project for publication in the ENRE Division's newsletter. Additionally, the recipient will be encouraged to present his or her project at the ENRE Business Meeting during the APA National Planning Conference the following year (NPC 2021).

Eligibility

  • Second-year or higher graduate student (master's level only) in a planning or planning related program focusing on issues related to the environment, natural resources, or energy. The student may be a full or part-time student, but must be currently enrolled in a master's level planning or planning related program.
  • APA student membership and ENRE Division membership is required prior to submitting the fellowship application.
  • GPA: B or above (Minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) is required to be maintained.
  • Studies focused on issues related to the environment, natural resources, sustainability, or energy, and pursuing a program or course of study consistent with the Division's mission.

Selection

The Division's Fellowship committee will select the Fellowship recipient by the end of October 2019.

The Division's mission is to promote sound environmental, natural resources and energy planning and sound resource use policies among individual members of APA and the general public, and within the planning profession and communities of all scales. Awards will be based on:

  • Meeting the eligibility criteria
  • Quality of the application materials
  • Connection of the student's master's thesis or project to the Division's mission.

Submission Requirements

  1. ENRE Fellowship Application (.docx)
  2. Recommendation letter from thesis/project faculty advisor
  3. Description of master's thesis or project, including how it relates to the Division's mission (800-word maximum)
  4. Essay describing interest in environmental planning, experience (extra-curricular activities may be included), and future career goals (600-word maximum)
  5. CV or resume
  6. Copy of student's transcript for the previous year showing a GPA of B or greater (minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale).
    It is the responsibility of the student Fellow to maintain the course of study identified in this application and achieve a GPA of B or greater in both the semesters that the fellowship amounts are awarded.

Submit a completed application with the six submission requirements listed above by September 27, 2019, to Malika Hainer at info_enre@planning.org. Please provide your application as one (1) pdf file.

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Previous Winners

2015-2016

Elizabeth (Libbie) Weimer
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2016
Thesis Title: "Environmental Justice Policy Framework for the Regulation of Coal Ash Waste in North Carolina"

2014-2015

Jacob Tracy
University of Washington
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2015
Thesis Title: "Reducing Local Government Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Construction Purchasing"

2013-2014

Megan Griffith
Morgan State University
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2014
Thesis Title: "Deep Ecological Urbanism in the Post-Industrial City"

2012-2013

Erica Smith
Portland State University
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2013
Thesis Title: "Engaging Communities through Measuring Neighborhood Sustainability"

2011-2012

Daniel Brookshire
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2012
Thesis Title: "Strategic Energy Planning for Native American Tribes"

2010-2011

Sara Benson
University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Urban Planning and Policy
Anticipated Graduation: May 2011
Thesis Title: "Brownfield Redevelopment: Historical Analysis of Industrial Redevelopment in Chicago and Policy Recommendations to Correct Market Failure"

Yu Kuki
University of British Columbia, School of Community and Regional Planning
Anticipated Graduation: May 2011
Thesis Title: "Analyzing Canada's Embodied Ecological Footprint in International Trade"

2008-2009

Renee Thompson
Renee Thompson is focusing on land use and the environment. Her research "A Multi-scale Analysis of Land Cover Change and Land Protection Policies along the Chesapeake Bay Shoreline" characterized land cover changes near the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay and interpreted those changes relative to Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act and Maryland's Critical Area Act. Renee worked for the U.S. Geological Survey as part of their Student Career Experience Program in the Chesapeake Bay Program Office in Annapolis, Maryland. Thompson's previous work has focused on ocean and coastal policy.

2007

Sarah Raposa
Sarah Raposa was awarded the 2007-2008 ENRE Fellowship for her thesis titled "An Ecosystem Based Approach to City Planning: Integrated Assessment of Land Use Regulations."