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Science Museums
Fellowship

In the spring of 2016, the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives invited its inaugural cohort of science museum professionals to become Sustainability in Science Museums Fellows. Twenty-five Fellows from 11 countries, 12 U.S. States, and five continents participated in a weeklong intensive workshop at the ASU campus in Tempe, Arizona, immersing themselves in sustainability training from ASU scientists, faculty and staff.

Following the workshop, Fellows returned to their museum or science center to implement a sustainability related public outreach project equipped with trainings, resources and ongoing support from the Walton Initiatives. Projects that have been implemented include training other science professionals on sustainability, events and festivals, curriculum design, board games and more!

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

Spring 2017 Fellowship

October 1, 2016 Applications Available
January 6, 2017 Application Deadline
April 3 – 7, 2017 Sustainability in Science Museums Fellows Workshop, Tempe, Ariz.

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 to Arizona 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.

UK Regional Sustainability in Science Museums Fellowship

Eligibility: For the UK regional workshop, applicants from the UK and Ireland will be given priority, although other European applicants will be considered.

Applications are accepted from science centers, natural history museums, and other informal science education organizations. 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 museums.

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

All sessions are held in English.

Fellows will:
  • Attend a three-day professional development workshop hosted at At-Bristol Science Centre 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 from around the UK and Ireland
  • Brainstorm ideas for activities and projects at your own museum
  • Participate in an in-depth tour of At-Bristol Science Centre
Fellows will receive:
  • A trip to Bristol, UK, including transportation from your local train station or airport, 3 nights lodging at a hotel in Bristol city center, and breakfast and lunch on May 8-10
  • The chance to apply for a project stipend (up to 2000 pounds)
  • Ongoing access to content resources and expert assistance throughout the year

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.

Project Stipend Opportunity

Fellows who attend the UK regional workshop will have the opportunity to apply for a project stipend to implement a project at their science center. Fellows will have one month to submit a project plan and request for funding (up to 2,000 pounds). Project plan requirements will be discussed during the training. Fellows will also have ample time to brainstorm ideas for a project and discuss viability with the team from ASU.

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