Fellowship Program

*The 2018 Fellowship Program has finished. Check back this December for the 2019 application.

Eligibility Requirements

The program is designed for undergraduates and recent graduates (including current graduate students) interested in careers in environmental stewardship, land conservation, historic preservation, community planning, agriculture, and other related fields. Applicants in the past have represented a variety of courses of study, including environmental science, environmental policy, government, economics, human & environmental relations, history, religion, anthropology, sociology, geography, urban planning, international studies, American studies, and many more.

Applicants that are currently enrolled in school should have completed at least two years of undergraduate work by the start of the program. Those who have recently completed an undergraduate degree are also eligible. Only US citizens or those on a path to citizenship are eligible.

Applicants that are accepted to the program are required to participate in all aspects of it, and should not make any other professional or personal commitments during the program that would prohibit full participation.

Applicants must have access to a car during the Fellowship and be able to provide their own transportation to and from classroom sessions (there is no public transportation in Warrenton). PEC will provide transportation for field trips and other Fellowship related activities. 

Application Requirements

There are a number of items you will need to complete the application – so please allow yourself adequate time to prepare all of the required information. Ideally you will have everything ready when you begin the online application, however, our online system will allow you to begin the process and come back to it later if necessary.

All application materials must be submitted by the appointed date for full consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Aside from your personal contact and academic information here are some of the things you’ll need to complete the application. For the essays, you might find it easier to write them in advance, and then cut & paste them into the form.

  • Your resume and cover letter (a word or pdf document that you will upload)
  • 2 references one academic and one general. Please provide a name and email address for each reference.
  • One short essay response of 150 words or less to the following question (which you will type/paste directly into the form): Imagine yourself ten years from today... What kind of job do you have? Where do you live and what groups and activities are you involved with? What experiences have you had?
  • One long essay response of 500 words. Please choose one of the following quotes and write a reflection addressing the sentiment of the quote as applied to environmental stewardship and community action at a local and national level. Elaborate upon the meaning of the quote as it relates to the mission of The Piedmont Environmental Council.

    "Without these stories of connection and relationship there is increasingly one dominant story to hear and one story tell. This is the story where the point of trees is board feet, the point of farms is money, the point of people is to be consumers, and the point of other species is largely forgotten." -Peter Forbes

    "the privilege of possessing the earth entails the responsibility of passing it on, the better for our use, not only to immediate posterity, but to the Unknown Future…" -Aldo Leopold

    "Beauty draws us in. We can't stop looking or listening or touching. It takes us outside ourselves and it motivates us. It's essential to life and to happiness." -Nancy Etcoff

If you have questions about the Fellowship, please be sure to review all of the information about the program at www.pecva.org/fellowship. If you did not find what you are looking for, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Now that you've read the requirements for 2018, go ahead and fill out the online application!



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