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Bren Environmental Leadership (BEL) Program

The BEL program offers paid summer fellowships for pairs of undergraduate and graduate students (Bren MESM & PhD) to work on environmental science projects. The program includes a wide range of projects each year, including both academic environmental science research and internships with Bren-UCSB partner organizations. The mission of this program is to increase the number of first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented students working towards careers in the environmental field and natural sciences. The 10-week intensive summer program provides fellowship support, networking, and training opportunities for BEL Fellows through connection with learning communities, career skills workshops, and presentation opportunities.

Continue reading to learn more about program details, eligibility, and how to get involved!

Undergraduates and Graduates work together in the Bren Environmental Leadership (BEL) Program
Undergraduates and Graduates work together in the Bren Environmental Leadership (BEL) Program

Program Details

  • Undergraduate students receive direct support from a Bren graduate student mentor, and graduate students gain valuable mentoring and project management experience
  • Summer program includes weekly professional development workshops and community building events during summer quarter
  • Project teams prepare short, flash-talk style presentations to the BEL community at the end of the summer and are invited to participate in the Mantell Symposium in Environmental Justice and Conservation Innovation in Fall

Opportunities for Summer 2024

Applicants to the BEL program must be full-time continuing UCSB undergraduate students (e.g. not graduating in 2024 calendar year). Some positions have additional eligibility restrictions. Please click on the project to download the full position description and application requirements. Submit your application here!

Please check back soon for additional opportunities, as positions will be posted on a rolling basis through the rest of Winter Quarter. 

For questions about the program or application process, please contact the BEL Program Coordinator, Cori Lopazanski.


Examples of Past Fellowships

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