University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy

Fellowship Programs

UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Student Fellowship Program
Western Riverside Council of Governments Service Fellowship Program
Other Fellowships

UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Student Fellowship Program

Applications have closed for 2017-2018.

Administered by the UC Riverside School of Public Policy, the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Student Fellowship Program is funded by the UC Office of the President (UCOP) as a presidential initiative.

UCOP for 2017-2018 provided UC Riverside with $12,000 in award funding for the UC CNI Student Fellowship Program. These funds were used to award 4 CNI Student Fellows. 

cniThe awards may be given to undergraduate or graduate students to fund research fellowships or traditional internships focused on the initiative. 

We will also select one CNI Student Engagement Fellow (with a preference for a student who has served previously as a CNI Student Fellow) to lead student engagement and communications efforts at UCR for the Carbon Neutrality Initiative and the President’s Global Climate Leadership Council (GCLC). The Student Engagement Fellow will receive a $4,000 award, plus an additional $1,000 budget for campus programming. The Student Engagement Fellow will work with the UCR School of Public Policy to plan appropriate programming. The Student Engagement Fellow appointment is intended as a dedicated role.

CNI Student Fellows – Project Guidelines
Fellowship projects for CNI Student Fellows should address issues related to meeting the carbon neutrality goal for the campus and/or system. Examples include specific research or analysis of scope 1 or 2 mitigation strategies, education/communications around the goal, energy efficiency projects and research on offset or financing options. Projects that assess emissions from commuting are also appropriate although other scope 3 emissions such as waste, purchasing, and business travel are not at this time. (For more information on emission scopes, please visit 

CNI Student Engagement Fellows – Responsibilities
Each Student Engagement Fellow will receive a $4,000 award and $1,000 budget for campus programming related to CNI engagement. To ensure Engagement Fellows have familiarity with the CNI and the knowledge necessary to engage other students, it is strongly recommended that campuses select Engagement Fellows from students who have previously served as CNI Fellows. To facilitate knowledge transfer, we request that you introduce the current Engagement Fellow to the incoming Engagement Fellow so that they may meet informally prior to the summer break. Each current Engagement Fellow will be asked to provide written guidance for the incoming Engagement Fellow.

Western Riverside Council of Governments Service Fellowship Program

The Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) Public Service Fellowship Program is a professional development opportunity for current University of California, Riverside (UCR) undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates.


The nine-month program provides the Fellows with full-time paid employment. They receive hands-on public policy work experience in local, regional and special district agencies in Western Riverside County, thus preparing the Fellows full-time employment following the successful completion of the program.

Fellows not only expand their knowledge, but the public policy work they perform during the fellowship also enriches the communities they serve.


Aspiring WRCOG Fellows apply in a competitive process and are selected based on a myriad of factors, including academic standing, desire to serve the public and focus on improving quality of life for residents and businesses in Western Riverside County, and career goals and ambitions.

The Public Service Fellows are expected to possess basic knowledge, understanding and skills in core public policy areas, such as research methods, microeconomic theory and principles, the legislative process, budgeting and finance, key environmental issues as related to air and water quality, land use, transportation and economic development.


Students selected for the WRCOG Public Service Fellowship receive:

· A faculty advisor who will provide academic guidance to Fellows;
· A program coordinator who will be available to assist on issues throughout the duration of the Fellowship;
· Professional training in workplace etiquette, attire, and demeanor;
· Networking opportunities, such as luncheon events with heads of agencies and supervisors;
· Access to guest speakers who talk about careers in public policy; and
· Recognition at UCR and local agency events.

About WRCOG:
Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) serves one of the fastest growing sub-regions in California. Its 17 member cities and the County of Riverside are home to 1.7 million people and another 700,000 people are join the region by 2035. The purpose of WRCOG is to unify Western Riverside County so it can speak with a collective voice on important issues that affect its members. Recognizing that many issues related to growth are not constrained by political boundaries, WRCOG focuses on a number of regional matters important to the region’s future, including transportation, environment, energy, economy, and health.


"The WRCOG fellowship program has given me the distinct opportunity to address policy concerns in the city of Corona and has allowed me to carefully plan and construct solutions to these issues. Ultimately, my goal is to provide quality care and to protect our residents through social and economic reform, whether it be through revitalizing our downtown, promoting public safety, or improving water and air quality. As I start this 9-month Fellowship, I can not wait to see how my projects will positively impact the public and I hope to gain a better understanding of local public policies in relation to public health.”

-Jessica Toledo, WRCOG Fellow

Other Fellowships

  • Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellowship
  • Coro Fellowship
  • Capital Fellows Programs
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