The Stanback Fellowship Program is a partnership between the Nicholas School of the Environment and targeted 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.

Organization Partners

The Nicholas School of the Environment partners with targeted non-profit environmental organizations to offer the Stanback experience.

List of Stanback Organization Partners

Organization Focus Area
American Rivers Water
Appalachian Voices Land Conservation, Water
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League Air, Advocacy, Environmental Health & Research
Canary Coalition Sustainbility
Center for Biological Diversity Policy
Center for Public Integrity Advocacy
Center for the Environment at Catawba College Sustainbility
Clean Air Carolina Research & Air
Clean Water for North Carolina Water, Coastal & Ocean
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
Environment North Carolina Environmental Health, Species Conservation, Sustainbility
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
Greenpeace Research
League of Conservation Voters (DC) Policy, Conservation, Advocacy, Policy & Advocacy
League of Conservation Voters (NC) Policy, Conservation, Advocacy, Policy & Advocacy
MountainTrue Water, Forestry, Energy, & Environmental Health
National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) Land Conservation, Advocacy, Policy, & Conservation
National Wildlife Refuge Association Policy & Conservation
Natural Resources Defense Council Watery, Policy, Coastal & Ocean, Conservation, Energy & Sustainability
NC WARN Energy
North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center 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
Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines @ WCU Policy, Coastal & Oceans
Rachel Carson Council Inc. Environmental Health, Research & Species Conservation
Rocky Mountain Institute Energy, Research, Transportation & Sustainability
Sierra Club - North Carolina Policy, Coastal & Oceans
South Carolina Coastal Conservation League Coastal & Oceans, Land Conservation
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
Union of Concerned Scientists Sustainability, Energy & Policy

 

Eligibility

All current Duke undergraduate and graduate students who will be continuing as enrolled students in Fall 2020 are welcome to apply for a Stanback Fellowship. Opportunities are located throughout the U.S., and interns receive either $5,000 or $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 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 Mr. and Mrs. Stanback.

Payment

Most students receive a gross payment of $5,000 or $6,000 (less tax withholding) in funding distributed in two (2) monthly allotments (May and July, assuming all paperwork completed by April 15)*.  

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.  

Gross payment amount is based on fellowship location and duration. Duke administers fellowships in the states of CO, IL, PA, LA, AL, and OR through an outside agency. Fellows will be paid the full amount in equal weekly installments over the course of the fellowship.

How to Apply

Positions & application instructions will be posted on the Duke Environment Career Link.

Non-Nicholas students should request access to Career Link 

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact the Stanback Fellowship Admin Team at Nicholas-Stanback@duke.edu or 919-684-1145.