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:

Sarah Adams-SchoenAssistant Professor
Adell AmosClayton R. Hess Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Greg DotsonAssistant Professor
Michael FakhriAssociate Professor
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 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 

To apply for an ENR fellowship 2Ls and 3Ls must submit an application to enr@uoregon.edu by Friday April 8, 2022 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 2022–23 academic year

    Please attach all documents in a single .pdf. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please let us know. 

    Examples of 2020–21 Research Options:

    The Conservation Trust Project

    Public Trust Doctrine, Atmospheric Trust and Climate Litigation  
    Innovative Business Models, Ethical Investing and the Divestment Movement

    Energy Law and Policy Project

    Efforts to Increase Electrified Transportation
    Carbon Policy in Oregon
    Dual Use: Agriculture and Renewable Energy Generation

    Food Resiliency Project

    Indigenous Food Sovereignty 
    Right to Food

    Global Environmental Democracy Project

    Atmospheric Recovery Through Natural Climate Solutions 
    Necessity Defense in the Context of Climate Activism

    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
    State Resource Protections Under the Coastal Zone Management Act

    Sustainable Land Use Project

    Middle Housing
    Public Transit and Ride Sharing

    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.