Are you an undergraduate at the University of Florida looking to inspire the next generation to care for our planet?

When it comes to helping care for our planet, it’s all hands on deck. Leaders from all disciplines are needed to tackle the immense challenge of protecting the Earth for current and future generations.

Thanks to a grant from the Smallwood Foundation, the Scientist in Every Florida School (SEFS) Environmental Leaders Fellowship will bring together students from diverse majors and backgrounds and provide them with the knowledge, skills, confidence, and network to advocate for the planet as they take on leadership roles in their respective careers. In particular, we especially encourage students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in environmental fields to apply to take part in this unique leadership program.

This Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for UF undergraduates to gain experience in environmental research and civic engagement as well as public outreach and K-12 education.

A cohort of four Fellows will attend seminars featuring environmental experts, receive mentoring from professionals in environmental fields, assist with K-12 science programming through our Scientist in Every Florida School program, network with peers, and take part in a multi-day field experience focused on environmental challenges across Florida.

Learn more about our first cohort at the following link: Inaugural TESI Environmental Leaders Fellowship

Benefits of the Program

Selected Fellows will leave the program with the following:

Program components

Program expectations

The SEFS Environmental Leaders Fellowship kicks off in January 2024 and concludes in August 2024. Fellows are required to participate in all program activities which include:

To receive the $2,500 stipend, selected students will be asked to dedicate an average of three hours per week (similar to a one-credit course) to Fellowship activities throughout the 2024 spring and summer semesters. Some weeks (i.e. spring break field experience, scientific conference) will be more time intensive, while others will be less so.

Fellowship timeline

November 19, 2023: Application deadline
January 2024:
Fellowship orientation
January 2024-May 2024: Seminars featuring discussions with professionals from a variety of environmental fields and a scientific conference.
January 2024-June 2024: Classroom visits with SEFS
January 2024-July 2024: Regular meetings with a program mentor as well as group meetings with the other fellows and facilitators.
March 2024: Field experience. Locations TBD.
June-July 2024: SEFS K-12 teacher professional development workshops
July 2024: Final project showcase and Fellowship wrap up

Program eligibility

Freshmen, sophomore, and junior University of Florida undergraduate students from any major (science, pre-law, communications, political science, etc.) with an interest in learning about environmental topics and working with K-12 students. Students from underrepresented groups in STEM are especially encouraged to apply.

Selected Fellows must be in good academic standing in accordance with the University’s policies and must be enrolled full-time at UF. Fellows must also comply with all University regulations, rules, and codes of conduct governing students on campus.


Apply by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2023 to be considered.

To apply:

Please apply online by visiting the following link:

*If you would like to first preview all questions, visit the following link to view a PDF version of the application: PDF Application

Fellowship Team

brian abramowitzBrian Abramowitz

K-12 Education and Outreach Coordinator, UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute’s Scientist in Every Florida School program


alexis bolger headshotLexi Bolger

Graduate Coordinator, SEFS Environmental Leaders Fellowship


rebecca burtonRebecca Burton

Communications Manager, UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute


megan ennes headshotMegan Ennes

Director, UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute & Assistant Curator of Museum Education, Florida Museum of Natural History


stephanie killingsworthStephanie Killingsworth

K-12 Education and Outreach Coordinator, UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute’s Scientist in Every Florida School program


Sadie millsSadie Mills

Program Coordinator and Educator, UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute


mariela pajueloMariela Pajuelo

Assistant Scientist, UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute

Funding Sources

Smallwood Foundation