Yale fellowships and outside funding options make it possible for students to pursue amazing summer opportunities throughout the world. Over the past five years, the Environmental Studies major has sent nearly 200 students to North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australia to gain substantive environmental research or internship experience and to help develop their senior essays. This summer, 29 students are receiving financial support from the EVST major’s Summer Environmental Fellowship Program to participate in non-profit work or research of their choosing. While a few students remain near or within New Haven working at Yale Myers Forest, the Post Lab, or other on campus labs, others are scattered across the county and continents. The furthest travelers are working in South Africa and Australia. Among students participating in the fellowship program, 14 are majoring in Environmental Studies, including 11 seniors set to graduate in the spring of 2019. They are pursuing interests in environmental justice, community empowerment, sustainability advocacy, public health research, and ecological field studies by interning with non-profit and environmental organizations and political offices or conducting research in the field or laboratory.
In the fall, this year’s Fellows will participate in the Summer Environmental Fellowship Single Slide Challenge. This annual event gives students the opportunity to share their experiences with other participants in the program as well as other Environmental Studies majors who can draw inspiration for their own plans for future summers. Further details of this event will be announced in September. For an interactive map of where student work has been funded through Summer Environmental Fellowships, click here.
Reporting and map design by Adriana Colon, TC ’20