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
|Appalachian Voices||Land Conservation, Water|
|Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League||Air, Advocacy, Environmental Health & Research|
|Center for Biological Diversity||Policy|
|Center for Public Integrity||Media|
|Center for the Environment at Catawba College||Sustainability|
|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, Sustainability|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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 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 the Stanback family.
Gross payment amount is based on fellowship location and duration. 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.
How to Apply
Positions & application instructions will be posted on the Duke Environment Career Link.
All students should request to be added to the Stanback mailing list.
If you have any questions, please contact the Stanback Fellowship Admin Team at Nicholas-Stanback@duke.edu or 919-684-1145.