Bullitt Foundation Environmental Fellowship

Website: Bullitt Foundation Environmental Fellowship


First, review the requirements for the Fellowship and connect with a Faculty nominator to confirm your eligibility to apply for the Prize.

The eligibility requirements starting in 2019 are different from past years. Applicants must be studying and demonstrate a commitment to subjects that are closely aligned with the Bullitt Foundation’s mission to safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Emerald Corridor, and its vision of a future that safeguards the vitality of natural ecosystems while accommodating a sustainable human population in healthy, vibrant, equitable, and prosperous communitiesPlease review the Foundation’s website and program areas to learn more about our work.

Use the Foundation’s Online Portal and create an account to start your application. Essays and resumes can only be submitted by uploading to your application through the portal.

Please keep in mind that your response to each question should be no more than 500 words each. To help you prepare, the essay questions are listed below with related questions in bullets to help you think about your response:

  • What issue are you working to solve? How do you plan to solve it?

In your response please include information about the following:

  • Describe the scope of the problem you are working to solve, the cause, and it why does it still exist? Who else is working on this issue?
  • Explain how this problem relates to issues the Foundation is focused on.
  • How will you get started?
  • What is innovative about your approach and how will your plan succeed?
  • Who is your target audience and how will your work positively impact this group? Does your work address issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?
  • How will you track your progress and assess whether you have achieved success?
  • Why are you a strong candidate for the Bullitt Environmental Fellowship?

In your response please include information about the following:

  • What specific adversity, hardship, or major disadvantage did you have to overcome? How did that impact you and influence your work?
  • Why are you so passionate about this issue? What motivates you? Describe any specific moment or experience that brought you into this type of work.
  • Tell us about leadership skills and abilities you will use to achieve your goals. Please provide specific examples.
  • How will the Fellowship impact your life and career trajectory?

In your response please include information about the following:

  • What contribution do you plan to make in your community if you receive this award?
  • How would this award alter your future plans?
  • How do you plan to use the award money?
  • What unique, additional work will this Fellowship allow you to do?
  • As someone who is early in their career, what are your goals for your future? Describe your career path, and where do you see yourself in 10-20 years?

The Bullitt Environmental Fellowship is an award that provides a currently enrolled graduate student with a $100,000 prize over a two-year span of time to advance a project, engage in creative thinking, or spur action to address a specific environmental issue that furthers the Bullitt Foundation’s mission, outreach and impact in the Emerald Corridor.

The Foundation is seeking an award winner who can do the following:

  • Work to advance a specific objective related to an issue aligned with the Bullitt Foundation’s mission, goals and program areas.
  • Present a solid track record or plan for success in their endeavor.
  • Provide progress reports (both written and presented) to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees during the award time period.
  • When applicable, be open to collaboration or opportunities to attend relevant meetings, conferences, or other work in which Foundation staff is engaged.
  • Receive the award and be honored at an annual dinner hosted by the Foundation, and be available for media requests and award promotion.

To be eligible, Fellowship winners must have the following qualities:

  • Be nominated by a faculty member who has knowledge of the applicant’s studies and field work. We strongly encourage the nomination of persons of color.
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program in British Columbia, Washington State or Oregon. Students who have been accepted but who have not yet begun classes are not eligible.
  • Have faced adversity, overcome a significant hardship, or dealt with a major disadvantage in life.
  • Work on, study, or be actively engaged in issues related to the Foundation’s goals in the Emerald Corridor (the area stretching from Vancouver, BC to Portland, OR).
  • Demonstrate a strong desire and capacity for leadership.
  • Be early in their career.
Student Type
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented

Application Submission Requirements

  • Applicants must submit their application through the Foundation’s online portal by April.
  • No late applications will be accepted. All recommendation letters, transcripts and supplemental materials must be received by the deadline.
  • Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be mailed to:

The Bullitt Foundation
1501 E Madison, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98122

Letters of recommendation and transcripts may also be emailed to info@bullitt.org with the name of the applicant in the subject line. Letters must be signed and include contact information.

  • No mailed, faxed or paper applications will be accepted.

Fellowship documents will be first screened to make sure submitted applications are complete and candidates are eligible. Applications will be reviewed based upon faculty recommendations, applicant responses and thoroughness of the application packet. Further review will narrow the field down to finalists whose work best adheres to the Foundation’s focus and can demonstrate strong potential for future success and leadership. Finalists will be invited for an in-person interview at the Bullitt Foundation. One Fellowship winner will be selected and notified within one week of the interviews.

The Environmental Fellowship winner will be announced at a dinner hosted by the Foundation in the Fall. The award dinner will include members of the Foundation’s community, guests of the winner, media, and others. The award and first check will be presented at the dinner. Fellowship winners will also be asked to make a brief presentation at the award dinner, and to participate in media outreach efforts by the Foundation.

Fellows will also present their work to the Board and Staff of the Bullitt Foundation each year.

Award checks will be disbursed in two equal amounts of $50,000, with a first installment awarded at the dinner, and the second the following Fall. Second year checks are contingent on the submission of a one-year progress report of activities and accomplishments and a final report is due at the conclusion of the Fellowship.


Priscilla (Patsy) Bullitt Collins who devoted much of her life to working for the public good, donating first her time and energy and then—after receiving a multi-million-dollar inheritance—donating all of her money to causes she believed in. She embraced the idea of stewardship, supporting projects that touched the future in some way, whether by nurturing a love of reading in children or setting aside open spaces for generations to come.

Contact Information

The Bullitt FOUNDATION is located at: 1501 East Madison Street Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98122 | 206-343-0807 | info@bullitt.org