Eligibility and 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.

In 2022, our plan is for a remote program, with 2 weeks in-person to allow fellows to meet with PEC staff and visit sites throughout the Piedmont. This is of course subject to current circumstances involving Covid and the ability to conduct the program safely. Fellows will need to be vaccinated and may be required to provide a negative test in advance of specific functions. Program dates: June 6 – July 29, 2022.

Applicants that are currently enrolled in school should have completed at least two years of undergraduate work by the start of the program. Only U.S. 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.

We strongly recommend applicants have access to a car during any in-person portion of the PEC Fellowship and be able to provide their own transportation to and from classroom sessions and field trips (there is little to no public transportation.) Fellows who are not able to provide their own transportation may need to rent a car, arrange for ride-sharing or carpool with other Fellows.

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 Microsoft Word or PDF document that you will upload)
  • Contact info for 2 references one academic and one general. Please provide a name and email address for each reference. References may be contacted during the selection process for a brief conversation about your suitability for the program, no written materials will be requested.
  • 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.

I feel that one of the most important things I can do is connect climate change to the values, the faith, and the issues we already care about. And if, in the process, I have to sidestep around some very explosive mines, I will do that.” – Katharine Hayhoe

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our problem was not, and is not, a lack of growth. Our problem is 60 years of unproductive growth—growth that has buried us in financial liabilities.” – Charles Marohn

Places matter. Their rules, their scale, their design include or exclude civil society, pedestrianism, equality, diversity (economic and otherwise), understanding of where water comes from and garbage goes, consumption or conservation. They map our lives.” – Rebecca Solnit, Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics

If conservation of natural resources goes wrong, nothing else will go right.” – M. S. Swaminathan


The deadline to apply for the 2022 Summer Fellowship Program is Tuesday, February 22, 2022.


If you have additional 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 fellowship@pecva.org with any questions.