UC3 Opportunities

UC3 Collaborative Sustainability Fellowship Program

The UC3 program is expanding the scope and depth of the University of Arizona’s commitment to working with the greater Tucson communities on local environmental, sustainability, and climate action issues. We are focused on building and supporting multi-disciplinary cohorts of students, community members, staff, and faculty to mobilize and accelerate efforts to achieve climate resilience, environmental protection and social equity goals.

Fellowship Application is NOW OPEN

The UC3 2021-2022 Collaborative Sustainability Fellowship Program is accepting applications for paid fellowship opportunities that generally overlap with the 2021-2022 academic year (August 2021-June 2022).

Eligible members for the 2021-2022 Fellows cohort include University of Arizona students (undergraduate and graduate), University of Arizona faculty/staff, and local residents (Tucson/Pima County), and tribal community members. People representing traditionally underserved populations and communities are particularly encouraged to apply. No prior experience is required for the fellowship opportunity; applicants will be prepared to accomplish program goals through support from mentors within the program.  

Fellows accepted into the program will be paired with a team of community and university mentors to develop and implement place-based projects that engage the campus and surrounding communities in developing solutions related to sustainability, environment, and/or climate action. Additionally, Fellows will engage in training coordinated by UC3 to develop skills related to building collaborative solutions to a range of problems. Student fellows may choose to pursue internship credit via the enrollment of up to 3 academic credit hours through university departments as appropriate, but this is not required.

The UC3 Collaborative Sustainability Fellowship Program is committed to providing a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive atmosphere, and to developing a diverse workforce to tackle today’s pressing problems. Mentorship will be provided in a flexible and tailored manner to support personal and professional development and successful project outcomes. Through this fellowship program, UC3 aims to promote regional sustainability action, partnership building, science communication, and experiential learning opportunities for participants from the University of Arizona and surrounding communities. 

Program Requirements

If you are interested in becoming a UC3 Fellow, please fill out this application form and review/follow additional instructions listed below for consideration as a Fellow in our 2021-2022 cohort.

Eligible members for the Fellows cohort include University of Arizona students (undergraduate and graduate), University of Arizona faculty/staff, and local Tucson/Pima County/Tribal community members.

The upcoming program will generally overlap with the 2021-2022 academic calendar (August 2021-June 2022). While there is a defined set of project milestones and expectations as part of the Program Requirements for UC3 Fellows, this is a flexible program with opportunity to wrap up projects earlier than the end date as needed.

Please ensure that you are able to fulfill the requirements of the program (including time commitments) for the program before submitting your application.

Time Commitment:

The UC3 program requires an approximate time commitment of 5-9 hours per week that will be split between attending cohort meetings (to be scheduled), conducting background research, participating in collaborative meetings, and executing project tasks.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Provide a photo and 150-word biography
  2. Agree to and sign a Photo Release
  3. Attend UC3 Fellows Kickoff Event (to be scheduled)
  4. Attend all workshops throughout program duration
  5. Participate in UC3 events, including virtual events and/or video compilations for promotional materials
  6. Meet with UC3 project team and project partners (including mentors) at least biweekly
  7. Update project management regularly
  8. Meet all project milestones and complete project by program conclusion, tentatively scheduled June 2021 (or earlier as agreed)

To complete your application, please complete the following tasks (3) listed below.

1) Fill out the linked application form in its entirety

The first page of the form consists of basic applicant information. The second page consists of a series of essay questions as described below.

  1. Please describe your current study or work area, interests, and/or motivation for engaging in climate/sustainability/environmentally-focused work (350 words)
  2. Please describe how this program can help support developing your skill-sets, long term goals, and/or career aspirations (200 words)
  3. Please describe your ability to work with a team and contribute to/learn from a vibrant cohort of mentors and peers (200 words)
  4. Please describe your interest in/experience in/commitment to social and and environmental justice issues (200 words)

2) Submit your Resume or CV to uc3@email.arizona.edu

3) Have a letter of recommendation sent by the letter writer to uc3@email.arizona.edu

Note: Please use the following subject line when submitting applications and letters of recommendation: “Last Name, First Name – UC3 Application”

Applications are accepted through June 28, 2021. Applicants chosen for interviews will be contacted to set up a phone or zoom interview. Please make sure to review the Program Requirements prior to submitting your application.

Early applications are preferred. Please contact Neha Gupta, UC3 Program Coordinator (nehagupta@email.arizona.edu) with any further questions.

We are interested in learning about additional project ideas. If you would like to suggest projects for UC3 cohort members to pursue that advance local sustainability and climate action, please contact Neha Gupta, UC3 Program Coordinator (nehagupta@email.arizona.edu). We encourage you to submit as much detail as possible, including suggested project leader(s), partners (including organizations), expected products or outcomes,  suggest forms of collaboration, and progress to-date (if applicable).