ENR Fellowships

1L Fellowships | 2L & 3L Fellowships | Post-graduate Fellowships

Every year, the ENR Center offers fellowships to approximately 20 students. Students chosen as ENR Fellows work on environmental issues with expert faculty members and community stakeholders while engaging in project development, substantive research and writing, and community outreach.

Fellowship appointments are for one year. Fellows may re-apply in subsequent years, but re-appointment is not automatic.

The ENR Center offers three types of Fellowships:

1L Fellowships



Must be an incoming 1L.

Award amount:

$5,000 ($2,500 awarded at the beginning of fall semester and $2,500 awarded at the beginning of spring term.)

How to Apply:

Applicants to the JD program may apply. Please provide a short essay (250 to 750 words) describing your interests and experience in environmental law and why you want to participate in ENR’s interdisciplinary projects. Please include a current résumé. Your name (as stated on your application for admission) must be included on your essay. Email your essay and resume to: lawadmissions@uoregon.edu.

Mail application materials to:

University of Oregon School of Law
Office of Admissions
1221 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1221

Applications for fellowships are reviewed on a rolling basis until the fellowships are filled. Applications for fellowships may be submitted at the time you submit your application for law school. Finalists for fellowships will be interviewed either on campus or remotely. Admissions will notify you of your selection. All candidates will be notified when the process has been completed.

Recent Fellowship Supervisors:

Adell AmosClayton R. Hess Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Greg DotsonAssistant Professor
Michael FakhriAssociate Professor
Richard HildrethFrank E. Nash Professor, Director, Ocean & Coastal Program
Mary WoodPhilip H. Knight Professor, Faculty Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center

2L and 3L Fellowships

Each year the ENR Center selects law students to work with faculty as ENR Fellows on seven interdisciplinary projects:

Fellowship appointments require a 40 hour per term time commitment and involve three primary areas of work:

  1. Administrative work including preparation of summary sheets and concept papers for each project, office hours, ENR Center staffing, helping out with ENR events, assisting other projects, talking with prospective students, regular meetings with ENR Director;
  2. Project development work including project event planning, short courses, developing externship opportunities related to the project, organizing conference panels and workshops, brown bags, community events, guest speakers; and
  3. Substantive research and writing related to the project’s goals, developing interdisciplinary approaches to the issues addressed by the project and integrating traditional coursework with specialized study in the substantive area. Fellows will receive financial support.

Application Instructions (note: 2019 Fellowships have been filled)

To apply for an ENR fellowship 2Ls and 3Ls must submit an application to toenr@uoregon.edu by Monday April 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm that includes the following:

    • Cover letter describing interests and experiences within the ENR program or project area for which the individual is applying
    • Interdisciplinary projects(s) for which you are applying (Note: you may apply for more than one, but please indicate order of preference)
    • Résumé
    • Law school transcript (unofficial okay)
    • List of any other leadership roles or graduate employment you have accepted for the 2018–19 academic year

    Examples of 2018–19 Research Options:

    The Conservation Trust Project

    Public Trust Doctrine Constraints Against Fossil Fuel Developments
    Ethical Investing and the Divestment Movement

    Energy Law and Policy Project

    State Efforts to Increase Electrified Transportation
    Carbon Policy in Oregon

    Food Resiliency Project

    Agroecology and Law
    Facilitation of Residential Food Production

    Global Environmental Democracy Project

    Exploring the Necessity Defense in the Context of Climate Activism
    Institutional Mechanisms for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Native Environmental Sovereignty Project

    Pacific Northwest Tribes and Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

    Oceans, Coasts and Watersheds Project

    Instream Flow in the Willamette River Basin
    INFEWS: The Energy, Water, and Food Nexus
    Approaches to Protect Surface and Ground Water
    US Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy Post-Obama
    Ocean Acidification

    Sustainable Land Use Project

    Prescribed Fire in National Forests
    Local Government Climate Action Plans
    Urbanism Next: Effects of Technological Advances (e.g., autonomous vehicles, e-commerce, drones, sharing economy)
    Cities, Focusing on Issues Such as Land Use, Regulatory Structures, Employment, Sustainability, and Housing Affordability

    Post-Graduate Fellowships

    The ENR Center provides $5,000 project stipends to support recent Oregon Law graduates in bridging the gap between graduating law school and obtaining long-term public interest environmental law employment.

    ENR Post-Graduate Fellows execute a discrete research project under faculty supervision for one of ENR’s seven interdisciplinary projects:

    • The Conservation Trust Project
    • Environmental Law & Policy Project
    • Food Resiliency Project
    • Global Environmental Democracy Project
    • Native Environmental Sovereignty Project
    • Oceans Coasts and Watersheds Project
    • Sustainable Land Use Project

    ENR Post-Graduate Fellow projects are divided and structured into two phases. The stipend is distributed in two payments of $2,500 at the end of Phase I of the project, and again at the end of Phase II. The faculty supervisor of the project must certify that the project has been satisfactorily completed for the funds to be released.