Research Fellowships

Applications for summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 research fellowships are now closed. Please check back in December 2020 for future opportunities!

The College of the Environment (COE) Fellowship Program allows current Wesleyan undergraduate students to undertake research on environmental topics under the guidance of a faculty mentor during summer or fall or spring semesters. The projects must relate to any of the broad themes covered by Environmental Studies and the College of the Environment. The scope of environmental topics is intended to be interpreted broadly; research may be undertaken using techniques, approaches, and paradigms from all majors or major programs. Fellowships are available to all current Wesleyan undergraduate students, regardless of class year or major and may be undertaken at Wesleyan or off-campus. Students must be current Wesleyan undergraduate students for the duration of their fellowship.

Some examples of COE-supported fellowships might include: working on an organic farm in California, conducting research in a science lab at Wesleyan, undertaking an environmental justice art project in Costa Rica, researching the economics of a carbon tax with a professor at Wesleyan. Read about our 2019 summer research fellows!

Summer 2020 fellowships run from May 27, 2020, to July 30, 2020, with a poster session during the last week of the program for on-campus fellowship students. Fall and spring semester fellowships run for the duration of the semester and typically involve working with a Wesleyan faculty member or a local organization. Fall fellowships may extend into the spring semester but spring fellowships must be completed in the spring semester. 

The student application must include two short letters of recommendation. In addition to recommending the student, the Wesleyan faculty mentor must briefly (1-2 paragraphs) explain the project, its importance and relevance to her/his research program. Wesleyan faculty mentors can be found across the university and should have expertise in the student's area of study. For example, a student proposing a film project with an environmental focus could reach out to a member of the film faculty. All letters of recommendation must be delivered to Laurie Kenney, administrative assistant, College of the Environment, by email (pdf preferred) to

All COE summer fellowships carry a stipend of $4,400. Fall and spring semester amounts will vary based upon duration and hours per week spent on research. 

Summer 2020 internship application due date: FEBRUARY 17, 2020

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 internship application due date: FEBRUARY 17, 2020

Fellowship awardees will be announced prior to 2020 spring break. 

Please complete and submit your application online here by February 17, 2020 at 5 pm.

The applications, including statements by faculty, will be judged by the oversight and awards committee. Award decisions will be announced prior to spring break.

For further information, please contact Laurie Kenney at