The Global Sustainability Fellows Program


Application Requirements

To apply for the GSF Program, please submit the following via the fill-in application form:

  • A one-page resume
  • A 1-2 page personal statement explaining why you’d like to attend the GSF Pilot Program, and what you will bring to the group. Statements should be single-spaced, 12 point font, with standard margins.
  • A short paragraph (no more than 250 words) detailing other experience you have had living and/or working in a group.
  • Names, emails and phone numbers for two professional references. These should be people who know you well, and can speak to both your academic performance and your ability to work in a group.

The application deadline is April 15th and admissions are rolling; applicants who submit earlier will have a better chance of being accepted. We will notify accepted applicants within the month of April.

Non-Discrimination Policy: The Global Sustainability Fellows Program considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to programs, on the basis of individual merit. The GSF does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status, and does not discriminate against members of protected classes under the law.


Preference will be given to applicants who are:

  • Entering an accredited Master’s or graduate-level program during the upcoming Fall semester
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited Master’s or graduate-level program
  • Recent graduates of an accredited Master’s or graduate-level program (within the past year)

Under exceptional circumstances, we may consider individuals who are not graduate students.

Students of all disciplines are welcome to apply, whether or not they have extensive familiarity with the sustainability field.


The Sustainability Laboratory and EARTH University will provide a Certificate of Successful Completion of the GSF Coursework.

EARTH University, authorized to provide Graduate Credits under Costa Rican law, will grant 3 graduate credits for this course and provide all fellows with an official transcript. Students from partnering institutions will work with the participating faculty members from their home university to get credit preapproval. Students from non-collaborating institutions who wish to have their GSF credits recognized by their home universities will have to follow each university’s individual credit recognition rules. The Lab and EARTH University will make a concerted effort to support students in their efforts to apply GSF credits, and will send further information and verification to home universities upon request.

Application Form

The GSF application period is now closed. We will begin accepting applications for Summer 2016 this winter. Please check back for updates.