Leopold Leadership Program

Last evening I received an e-mail from Pam Sturner, who is executive director of the Leopold Leadership Program. [Remember that post a while back introducing Dr. Jane Lubchenco?  The Leopold Leadership Program is one of her many legacies.]

Pam was sending out this call for applications, which I’m passing along verbatim.

If you’re eligible, please apply. If you’re accepted, do it. Then lead. Leadership is not a spectator sport.

Make all of us proud.


Call for Applications – 2013 Fellowships

*Deadline: Monday, April 16, 2012*

The Leopold Leadership Program invites midcareer academic environmental scientists from North America (Canada, Mexico, and the United States) to apply for the 2013 Leopold Leadership Fellowships.

The Leopold Leadership Program provides researchers with the skills, approaches, and theoretical frameworks for translating their knowledge to action and for catalyzing change to address the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Through a competitive process, the Leopold Leadership Program selects up to 20 Fellows annually to participate in two intensive training sessions a year apart to build and enhance their skills for leading change wherever they choose to work on local to global scales. Our goal is to create a community of engaged scientific leaders who link their knowledge to decision-making about the environment and sustainability.

The program seeks candidates with terminal degrees in a broad range of disciplines including the biophysical and social sciences and technical, medical, and engineering fields related to the environment and sustainability. Applicants must be employed by an academic institution in North America, have a faculty position (preferably at the associate professor level or equivalent or above), and be active in teaching and research. Every applicant must demonstrate:

·       A faculty position;

·       An active role in research and teaching in an area of environmental and sustainability science at a Canadian, Mexican, or U.S.-based higher education or research institution;

·       A reputation for outstanding science;

·       Interest, willingness, and an appropriate professional position to synthesize, interpret, and communicate the results of their work, connect scientific knowledge and decision-making, and engage with stakeholders on solving sustainability challenges;

·       Passion and capacity to exercise leadership in the environmental arena and enthusiasm to communicate science for improved environmental policies and practices;

·       Commitment to participate in all the activities of the yearlong fellowship, including both training sessions and the practice year in between;

·       Intent to share what is learned in the training program with students, colleagues, and other stakeholders through courses, workshops, and other outreach efforts; and

·       A desire to remain an active member of the Leopold Leadership Network after the conclusion of the Fellowship year and assist other Fellows as mentors and coaches.

The 2013 training schedule is:

Core training

June 17-25, 2013

Trinity Conference Center, West Cornwall, CT

Practice year

Fellows practice new skills during the academic year in context at their home institutions or in other venues.

Final session

June 12-16, 2014

Trinity Conference Center, West Cornwall, CT


The application packet and complete information about the program are available at: http://leopoldleadership.stanford.edu.


Support for the Leopold Leadership Program is provided by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Stanford Woods Institute.

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