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Science Museums
Fellowship

Twice per year, the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives invites informal science education professionals to become Sustainability in Science Museums Fellows. Approximately 20 Fellows from around the world participate in a weeklong intensive training, immersing themselves in sustainability instruction and activities from ASU scientists, faculty and staff. Although the fellowship is geared toward professionals from science centers and natural history museums, we also invite participants from other informal learning organizations, such as zoos, aquariums, nature centers, and other STEM-related informal education organizations.

Following the workshop, Fellows return to their organizations to implement a sustainability-related project equipped with trainings, resources and ongoing support from the Walton Initiatives. We encourage fellows to create projects that make sense for their organizations, taking into account their current offerings, and needs of their communities. Our previous fellows have implemented a broad and diverse array of projects, such as, training other science professionals on sustainability, creating events and festivals, designing curriculum, board games and other hands-on activities, and many more!

We are pleased to announce that we now offer regional workshops. These workshops still include foundational sustainability education but focus more on local networks and place-based sustainability issues.

International Sustainability in Science Museums Fellowship

Eligibility: Applications are accepted from science centers and museums worldwide. All sessions are held in English. Applicants should work in public outreach and/or education and have an interest in developing sustainability-related activities, demonstrations or programs to engage visitors in sustainability education and action at their museum.

The application process requires that you provide background information necessary to determine your interest and qualifications. Your supervisor will also need to provide a letter of support.

Fellows will:
  • Work directly with ASU Sustainability Scientists throughout the weeklong workshop
  • Learn about current issues and best practices in sustainability education
  • Explore urban environments for sustainability opportunities and challenges
  • Visit local museums and other sustainability-related organizations
  • Network with other museum professionals
  • Brainstorm ideas for activities and projects at your own museum or center
Fellows will receive:
  • A $1,000 stipend, paid to your museum in the following increments: $500 at the beginning of the Fellowship and $500 upon completion of the approved project at your museum.
  • Most meals, a housing and travel allowance
  • Ongoing access to content resources and expert assistance throughout the year

September 2017 Fellowship – Chicago, IL

May 1, 2017 Applications Available
June 30, 2017 Application Deadline
July 7, 2017 Fellows announced
September 11-16, 2017 Sustainability in Science Museums Fellows Workshop, Chicago, IL

FAQ

Why do I need a supervisor letter of support? There are two reasons for this: First, the fellowship requires you to be gone from your museum/center for a week and be fully immersed in the program. Needless to say, this is challenging to do without your supervisors approval. Second, it will be very challenging to implement any sustainability programming if your supervisor is not onboard.

Do I need to have a project chosen before I come? No, you don’t. An important element of the program is to help you develop a project informed by the sustainability education you will receive through the fellowship program.

A trip and $1,000 toward a project, what is the catch? There is no catch! Your project is of your choosing (though we do ask that you share your plans with us in case we have feedback). We also ask that you come prepared to fully participate in the weeklong training. From a logistical standpoint, you will need to submit documentation to receive your second $500 installment.

Regional Sustainability in Science Museums Fellowship

Eligibility: For the regional workshops, applicants within driving distance of the host institution will be considered.

Applications are accepted from science centers, natural history museums, and other informal science education organizations, such as zoos, aquariums and nature centers. Applicants should work in public outreach and/or education and have an interest in developing sustainability-related activities, demonstrations or programs to engage visitors in sustainability education at their organizations.

The application process requires that you provide background information necessary to determine your interest and qualifications.

All sessions are held in English.

Participants will:
  • Attend a three-day professional development workshop which will include training from sustainability scientists and scholars from Arizona State University
  • Learn about current issues and best practices in sustainability education
  • Network with museum professionals
  • Brainstorm ideas for activities and projects you can implement at your own organization
  • Explore a local museum to view examples of place-based sustainability efforts
Participants will receive:
  • 2 or 3 nights lodging, as well as lunch on workshop days
  • The chance to apply for a project stipend (up to $500 USD)
  • Ongoing access to content resources and expert assistance throughout the year
Project Stipend Opportunity

Participants who attend a regional workshop will have the opportunity to apply for a project stipend to implement a project at their institution. Participants will have one month to submit a project plan and request for funding. Project plan requirements will be discussed during the training. Attendees will also have ample time to brainstorm ideas for a project and discuss viability with their colleagues and the team from ASU.

UK Regional Fellowship

January 9, 2017 Applications Available
March 15, 2017 Application Deadline
May 8-10, 2017 Sustainability in Science Museums Fellowship held in Bristol at the At-Bristol Science Centre

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, May 7 Arrive in Bristol, UK
Monday, May 8 Workshop 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, May 9 Workshop 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 10 Workshop 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Maine Regional

Regional Fellowship in partnership with Gulf of Maine Research Institute – Portland, Maine

April 21, 2017 Applications Available
June 13, 2017 Application Deadline
June 20, 2017 Fellows Announced
July 12-14, 2017 Regional Fellowship in Portland, Maine

Join our network of Sustainability in Science Museums Fellows

Below is a full list of participating museums:

  • Adventure Science Center, Tennessee
  • Anchorage Museum, Alaska
  • Arizona Science Center, Arizona
  • At-Bristol Science Centre, United Kingdom
  • California Academy of Sciences, California
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pennsylvania
  • Centre for Life, England
  • Centro Cultural Eduardo Leon Jimenes, Dominican Republic
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Ohio
  • Connecticut Science Center, Connecticut
  • COSI: Center of Science and Industry, Ohio
  • Discovery Place Science, North Carolina
  • Dublin Zoo, Ireland
  • Energimuseet Danish Museum of Energy, Denmark
  • Espacio Ciencia LATU, Uruguay
  • Explora Science Centre, Mexico
  • ExplorationWorks!, Montana
  • Exploratorium, California
  • Gujarat Science City, India
  • Liberty Science Center, New Jersey
  • Lugar a Dudas, Argentina
  • Maloka Interactive Science Center
  • Maui Science Center, Hawaii
  • Michigan Science Center, Michigan
  • Miraikan, Japan
  • MOSI, Florida
  • Museum of Discovery and Science, Florida
  • Museum of Science and Industry, Illinois
  • Museu da Vida, Brazil
  • Natural History Museum, England
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California
  • Navet Science Center, Sweden
  • Ontario Science Center, Canada
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Oregon
  • Pacific Science Center, Washington
  • Petrosains, The Discovery Centre, Malaysia
  • Planetarium Science Center, Egypt
  • Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota
  • Science Museum of Virginia Richmond, Virginia
  • Sci-Port, Louisiana
  • spectrUM Discovery Area, Montana
  • South Dakota Discovery Center, South Dakota
  • TELUS Spark Science Centre Calgary, Canada
  • Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, Nevada
  • The Franklin Institute, Pennsylvania
  • UKZN Science and Technology Center, South Africa