Forest Sustainability Fellowship

Forests, and the many services that they provide, face new challenges in this era of unprecedented global change. Global markets for wood products, human population pressures, and a changing climate impact forests throughout the world. Forests must be managed not just to provide timber, but also to provide wildlife habitat, enhance water supplies, sequester carbon, and support cultural and psychological well-being. The Forest Sustainability Fellowship (FSF), generously supported by the Michael J. Connell Memorial Fund, focuses on scientific understanding and policy tools required to manage forests for long-term biological, physical, and social sustainability. Through training, research, and communication, the FSF program prepares a new generation of high-impact leaders in forest science and management. 

Forest Sustainability Fellows in the Master of Environmental Science and Management program may specialize in a variety of areas including Conservation Planning, Economics and Politics of the Environment, Water Resources Management, Pollution Prevention and Remediation, Energy and Climate or Corporate Environmental Management. In addition to standard coursework, Forest Sustainability Fellows take two courses on issues related to forest sustainability and lead a seminar speaker series.

Forest Sustainability Fellows in the PhD in Environmental Science and Management program shape their research with guidance from these Bren School faculty mentors. Faculty who teach the forest sustainability curriculum and lead the fellowship's steering committee are Robert Heilmayr (Environmental Economics, Land System Science), Bruce Kendall (Applied Ecology), and Naomi Tague (Eco-hydrology).

In addition, faculty members who conduct research in the area of forest ecosystems and provide mentorship to PhD and master's students include Sarah Anderson, Frank Davis, Andrew Plantinga, and David Tilman. View a complete list of Bren faculty.

Forest Sustainability Fellowships provide:

  • Partial or full tuition, fees, and health insurance for one year (with possible extension to two years)
  • Specialized curriculum and a Fellow-led seminar speaker series
  • $2,500 toward costs associated with a summer internships or research
  • Network of forest professionals and Forest Sustainability Fellows

Eligibility: Applicants to the Bren School's Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) and PhD programs may submit applications for the Forest Sustainability Fellowship. Qualified applicants must have an excellent academic record and show strong relevant experience and interest in forest sustainability.

PhD Program Deadline & Application

Deadline: December 15, 2018 11:59 p.m. PST
Download: PhD Forest Sustainability Fellowship Supplemental Application (click here)
Submission: Upload the FSF application to the Supplemental Materials section of your UCSB graduate application (instructions below).

MESM Program Deadline & Application

Deadline: January 6, 2019 11:59 p.m. PST
Download: MESM Forest Sustainability Fellowship Supplemental Application (click here)
Submission: Upload the FSF application to the Supplemental Materials section of your UCSB graduate application (instructions below).

Instructions for Uploading Supplemental FS Fellowship Application to UCSB e-Application

Forest Sustainability Fellowship applicants will submit their fellowship application, along with all other required Bren application materials, through their UCSB graduate application (UCSB e-app). To include the FS fellowship application on your UCSB e-app, click on the "Statements & Supplemental Documents Application Section" and select "Edit Section." After you have uploaded the three required application documents (Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions Statement, and Resume or CV), select "Other Document Type.” In the Document Title text bar, enterForest Sustainability Fellowship Application. Click "Browse" to find and upload your responses to the FS Fellowship application questionnaire as a PDF or in MS Word format. Then click "Upload Document."

Forest Sustainability Courses

Science and Management for Forest Sustainability Seminar (2 units) for 1st-year FS Fellows (Fall)

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to forest sustainability from an applied interdisciplinary research and environmental problem-solving perspective. The course meets weekly, for the first 4 weeks, each class examining through lectures and readings a current challenge in forest sustainability. Through these topics we will introduce the ecology and biophysical science of forests and the management strategies that can contribute to their sustainable management. The second half of the course will focus on developing a research proposal (PhD) or group project proposal (MESM) related to forest sustainability. Students will present their proposal in the final week of the course.

Forest Sustainability: Issues and Solutions (4 units) for 2nd year FS Fellows (Spring)

This course provides an in-depth examination of a current challenge to achieving forest sustainability. In this course we will address this challenge from a multi-disciplinary perspective with the goal of providing students the opportunity to learn key skills in applied problem solving in the area of forest sustainability. The end product of the course will be a collaboratively written brief that summarizes the issue and presents a set of recommendations that will move towards a more sustainable future. Each year we will choose a new topic. We will use this topic to guide students through a collaborative research and problem-solving processes. We will review relevant natural and social science research, brainstorm potential solutions and analyze feasibility and trade-offs associated with different courses of action.