David Suzuki Fellowships

David Suzuki has spent a lifetime at the forefront of environmental activism. Renowned for his ability to make the complexities of science exciting and easy to understand, he’s inspired millions of people around the world to take meaningful action to protect the planet. And he continues to help new generations understand their interdependence with nature.

Building on David’s legacy, the David Suzuki Fellowship program will help the next generation of leaders tackle complex environmental problems. Successful fellows will embody David’s research excellence and his ability to motivate people to make a difference.

The David Suzuki Fellowship program will empower emerging scholars to tackle complex environmental problems. It will reduce financial barriers, provide mentorship and foster leadership and creativity so fellows can conduct research and engage and inform the public and policy-makers.

Award 

A total of three fellowships are available, one in Montreal, one in Toronto and one in Vancouver. Each will be for one year (with the potential for renewal) and will consist of:

  • A $50,000 stipend, plus up to $5,000 for travel and other professional expenses
  • Mentorship from David Suzuki and David Suzuki Foundation senior staff
  • Access to office space at the Foundation offices

Research theme for 2017-18

In the program’s inaugural year, three fellows from different disciplines will work together to find climate change solutions to accelerate Canada’s transition to a low-carbon future:

  • Vancouver - Renewable energy and/or climate change economics: The Vancouver-based fellow will join the Foundation’s Science and Policy team and research innovative clean energy solutions and/or the economics of sustainable development. Candidates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
  • Toronto - Indigenous knowledge and climate change: The Toronto-based fellow will join the Foundation’s Ontario and Northern Canada team and work to integrate traditional Indigenous knowledge into climate change solutions. Candidates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. You must be an Indigenous person (First Nation, Inuit or Métis) to be eligible.
  • Montreal - Transportation, energy and climate change: The Montreal-based fellow will join the Foundation’s Quebec and Atlantic Canada team and work on regional and/or national transportation, energy and climate change issues. Issues may include (but are not limited to) green transit planning and the development of sustainable cities. Candidates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply and must be bilingual (French and English).

Program structure

The program is designed so fellows can keep one foot in academia and the other in learning communication and public engagement strategies. The aim is for fellows to stay true to David Suzuki’s model of communicating rigorous science in a way that is easy to understand and act on.

Fifty per cent of each fellow’s time will be spent on completing a one-year research project. The fellow and Foundation mentor(s) will determine specifics based on the fellow’s research interests (as outlined in their application). The research could include: building on the fellow’s graduate research findings, publishing/co-publishing academic research and/or doing a distinct piece of research.

Fifty per cent of each fellow’s time will be spent as a member of the Foundation team. The fellow will learn government relations, communications and community engagement. They may produce policy briefs, op-eds, conduct media interviews, contribute to social media, etc.

*This breakdown is subject to change, pending research focus specifics and interests. 

Annual Value

A $50,000 CAD stipend, plus $5,000 CAD for travel and other professional expenses.