Sustainability and Environmental Justice Fellowship

Kappa Psi Upsilon Environmental Fellows (sustainability and environmental justice) work at a fellowship site of their choice to explore themes of sustainability and environmental justice.


The environmental studies fellowships provide students with the opportunity to explore the environmental studies field by working directly with a business, at the government level, or through a nonprofit organization of their choosing.

The Environmental Studies Program expects to award one to three fellowships in the summer of 2022. 

We encourage students to seek out opportunities within the environmental studies field that will enhance their environmental studies academic experience. Although there is a preference for fellowships that fall within sustainability or environmental justice, we will consider applications from a wide spectrum within the field of environmental studies.

Students are encouraged to explore working for Maine-based organizations. We have listed several organizations that have hosted fellows in the past below.


Current first-years, sophomores, and juniors; graduating seniors are not eligible. Preference given to proposective ES majors and current ES majors who have completed two or more ES core courses (ENVS1101, ENVS2201, ENVS2403, or ENVS 2330).

Preferences given to rising juniors and seniors and environmental studies majors.

Feb. 22, 2022 at noon


Note: All applications must be submitted through the online application site.

Application Requirements:

The application is now online. We have provided a copy of the application as a PDF for informational purposes only. You will be asked to fill out the online application and upload the following documents:

  • a current résumé
  • unofficial transcript (obtainable from Polaris)
  • a personal statement (one page) describing the organization, your internship responsibilities, and how this internship fits in with your personal career goals
  • the names of two references, one of whom should be a faculty member
  • information about your proposed host organization
  • students who receive an award will be required to submit a letter of support from the sponsoring organization within two weeks of notification in order to receive funding


Selection Process:

Applicants must secure a commitment from the sponsoring organization prior to receiving notice of funding. The applicant should be clear in this expectation when discussing the fellowship with the sponsoring organization. 


Award amounts are based upon the employers' ability to provide partial renumeration, with combined total not to exceed $5,000. Award amounts are considered taxable scholarships and must be declared by the recipients when filing their tax forms. Students will be responsible for travel and other living expenses, which may be negotiated directly with the sponsoring organization.


The Environmental Studies Program encourages students to explore the topic of sustainability by working directly with an organization, agency, or company that is focusing on the transition to a more sustainable society. Examples of projects that students might engage in as part of this fellowship include green design, calculating metrics of sustainability, or developing systems for conversion to alternative energy systems. The students should select an organization that is working at the cutting edge of sustainability. Placements could be with a community that is actively implementing a climate action plan, a business engaged in green design, a nonprofit organization that is implementing weatherization or community energy systems, or a state agency that is developing alternative transportation systems.

Environmental Justice:

The Environmental Studies Program encourages students to explore the intersection of the environment with race, class, and gender by working with a nonprofit organization or agency that is working creatively with stakeholders in these areas. Examples of topics that students might address include green housing, green jobs, or urban environmental education programs. Placements could be with an organization or agency that is engaged in one of the following areas: managing an environmental education program in an urban area, raising awareness of urban agricultural systems, developing green, affordable housing, or addressing the role of green jobs as an approach to workforce development.  

Information for Prospective Employers:

Please see the link below for information for your employer. Please share a copy of this PDF with your prospective host organization.

Information for prospective host organizations.  

Possible Fellowship Placements for Sustainability/Environmental Justice Fellowships or CXD Funded Internships

Each year, we have many more organizations who would like to host a summer fellow than we have funding for through our Maine Based Environmental Studies Fellowship Program. The list below includes possible internships that students could explore for funding through this program (Sustainability or Environmental Justice fellowships) or other Bowdoin College summer funding opportunities including the CXD Funded Internship Grant Program.

Each of the descriptions below includes a contact name to find out more about the opportunity. 

Potential Internships Summer 2022