Theodore Roosevelt Conservation and Environmental Leadership Fellowship

The Graduate School at Michigan State University is pleased to announce the competition for the annual Theodore Roosevelt Conservation and Environmental Leadership Fellowship. The purpose of this award is to provide an opportunity for graduate or professional students to participate in experiential workshops or programs that will prepare them for leadership roles related to conservation of our natural and environmental resources.

Up to two fellowships will be awarded annually in the amount of $2,500. Fellowship dollars must be used by the recipient to help further their professional development as a future leader. Example programs include, but are not limited to, the Great Lakes Leadership Academy, the Great Lakes Regional Fellowship Program, and the National Conservation Leadership Institute. Students are encouraged to suggest additional leadership training opportunities to be considered by the selection committee. Use of the fellowship to support travel to disciplinary-specific conferences is not appropriate. Funds for this award will be distributed during spring semester after acknowledgement of the award has been received by the respective donor. Recipients also are expected to acknowledge funding support from the Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Fellowship when appropriate (e.g., research presentations, publications, dissertations, theses).

Eligible students:

    • Must be nominated by a MSU faculty member to be considered.
    • Must be an enrolled student in pursuit of an advanced degree in any college or program at MSU.
    • Must be interested in acquiring leadership skills relevant to enhancing the sustainability and conservation of fish, water, wildlife, and habitat from local to global scales.
    • Must demonstrate leadership potential for a field of study related to conservation and environmental resource management.

Preference will be given to individuals who have received fellowships at regional, national or international levels (e.g., University Distinguished Fellowship, University Enrichment Fellowship, Environmental Science and Policy Fellowship, National Science Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, Fenske Excellence in Fisheries Management Fellowship). Fellowships from university or allied partners which demonstrate scholastic and civic competencies also will be honored.

2019-20 Application Information

Application materials must be submitted electronically by the MSU Faculty Member as a single PDF file in the following order: 

  1. Completed DATA FORM (PDF).
  2. Confidential Letter of Nomination from MSU Faculty Member. This letter should include the faculty member's assessment of the student's leadership potential regarding the conservation of our natural and environmental resources. The letter should also provide an assessment of the candidate's progress toward degree completion or potential to complete their degree in a timely manner.
  3. Student’s Personal Statement (not to exceed two typed, single-spaced pages). This statement should indicate how the funds from this fellowship will be used, including which leadership experience they intend to participate in and whether they have applied for or been accepted to the program. Students should describe what leadership means to them and how participation in their chosen leadership experience will further their professional development, especially as it relates to conservation and the environment. Students should also discuss their past leadership experience and how it is relevant to this award.
  4. Student’s CV. CV should include educational experience, work experience, fellowships and awards, scholarly work (including publications, presentations, and grants awarded), and past leadership roles and responsibilities (if not covered in work experience).
  5. Letter of Acceptance into Leadership Program (if available).

Submit materials by Sunday, December 15, 2019 to the Application Coordinator for the Theodore Roosevelt Fellowship, Dr. Rose Stewart (stewa684@msu.edu). Late materials will not be accepted. Please include “Roosevelt Fellowship” in the subject line of your message. Award recipients will be announced in mid-January 2020. 

History of the Fellowship

Leadership is the key to effective and efficient management, protection, and conservation of natural resources. To address complex interdisciplinary problems facing the health and welfare of these resources, it is necessary to foster and nurture the development of practical skill sets that enhance leadership. The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation and Environmental Leadership Fellowship endowment was established to enable graduate students from a variety of disciplines to build their leadership capacity early in their career. Fellowships are intended to help recipients achieve a level of professional and personal growth that prepares them for leadership roles in natural resources and conservation-based organizations and agencies. Support to establish the endowment was provided by the Hal and Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation and the late John M. Robinson, former Chief of Fisheries for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.