The Stanback Fellowship Program is a partnership between the Nicholas School of the Environment and non-profit environmental organizations. The purpose of the program is to provide students with significant project-based learning experiences in energy, conservation, advocacy, policy, research and applied resource management.
The program is made possible by the generous support of Fred and Alice Stanback.
The Nicholas School of the Environment partners with non-profit environmental organizations to offer the Stanback experience.
List of Stanback Organization Partners
|CleanAIRE NC||Research & Air|
|Conservation Trust for North Carolina||Conservation & Land Conservation|
|Defenders of Wildlife||Species & Land Conservation|
|Dogwood Alliance||Water, Forestry|
|Duke Environmental Law & Policy Center||Law & Policy|
|Earthjustice||Advocacy, Environmental Health, Law & Policy|
|Environmental Defense Fund||Land Conservation, Coastal & Ocean, Forestry|
|Environmental Working Group||Research, Advocacy & Law|
|Family Health International (FHI 360)||Human Population & Advocacy|
|Friends of the Earth||Conservation|
|League of Conservation Voters (DC)||Policy, Conservation, Advocacy, Policy & Advocacy|
|League of Conservation Voters (NC)||Policy, Conservation, Advocacy, Policy & Advocacy|
|National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)||Land Conservation, Advocacy, Policy, & Conservation|
|Natural Resources Defense Council||Watery, Policy, Coastal & Ocean, Conservation, Energy & Sustainability|
|North Carolina Coastal Federation||Policy & Sustainability|
|North Carolina Coastal Land Trust||Coastal & Oceans, Land Conservation|
|North Carolina Conservation Network||Advocacy & Conservation|
|North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association||Research, Sustainability, Energy & Policy|
|Population Connection||Policy, Human Population & Advocacy|
|Population Institute||Human Population & Policy|
|Rachel Carson Council Inc.||Environmental Health, Research & Species Conservation|
|Rocky Mountain Institute||Energy, Research, Transportation & Sustainability|
|Sierra Club - North Carolina||Policy, Coastal & Oceans|
|Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy||Environmental Health|
|Southern Environmental Law Center||Law, Policy, Sustainability& Energy|
|The American Chestnut Foundation||Species & Land Conservation, Forestry|
|The Nature Conservancy - North Carolina||Land Conservation, Water, Coastal & Oceans|
|The Wilderness Society||Environmental Health, Land & Species Conservation|
|Three Rivers Land Trust||Land, Conservation, Forestry|
All current Duke undergraduate and graduate students who will be continuing as enrolled students the following Fall semester are welcome to apply for a Stanback Fellowship. Opportunities are located throughout the U.S., and fellows receive $6,000 in funding to support their experience. To be eligible, you must:
- Be a Duke student.
- Be eligible to work in the United States. Foreign Nationals should check with Duke Visa Services regarding eligibility.
- Have one full semester remaining at Duke following the summer experience.
Expectations of Students
Projects are designed to fully engage students in learning opportunities for 11 weeks during the summer. The start and end date for the fellowship are determined between the student and the organization.
All students must enroll in the required Stanback Fellowship summer course (more information on this will be provided at a later date).
- All Stanback fellows must read pre-departure orientation information which outlines expectations of the program.
- All student participants must complete employment paperwork prior to beginning the fellowship to be awarded their payment.
- Stanback fellows are also required to meet with their supervisor for an end-of-summer evaluation and feedback meeting.
- Finally, all Stanback fellows must submit a synopsis of their overall learning experience and a thank you to the Stanback family at the conclusion of the fellowship. The synopsis and thank you are shared with the Stanback family.
Gross payment amount is based on fellowship location and duration. Most students receive a gross payment of $6,000 (less tax withholding) in funding distributed in two (2) monthly allotments (May and July, assuming all paperwork completed by May 1)*.
*Note that Nicholas School staff members may not provide tax assistance, so please consult your income tax adviser for income tax and withholding advice, or visit Duke Finance for assistance. In order to receive payment for your fellowship, all payroll information must be completed by the student in person (Durham, NC) prior to the end of the Spring semester.
Nicholas School students that accept a Stanback Fellowship are not eligible to receive additional Nicholas School internship funds.
How to Apply
- View student timeline – includes information sessions, application deadline and notification dates
- Positions and application instructions will be posted on Handshake.
- All students should request to be added to the Stanback mailing list.
- Additional information for current Duke students (NetID required)
If you have any questions, please contact the Stanback Fellowship Admin Team at Nicholas-Stanback@duke.edu or 919-660-8702.