Awards and Fellowships


Rosanna Cappellato Award in Environmental Sciences


Professor Rosanna Cappellato was instrumental in building and sustaining the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program at Rhodes.  This award was established to perpetuate Professor Cappellato’s memory and to promote activities that advance environmental and wildlife conservation by a Rhodes student who embodies Dr. Cappellato′s passion for studying and conserving the natural world.


Students will be selected based on the following criteria:


1)      The award will be used to support continued study, research, and experiences in environmental and wildlife conservation, including relevant foreign experiences.

2)      A record of outstanding work, including coursework, research, and environmental activity (at Rhodes, in the Memphis community, or at broader scales since arriving at Rhodes) that demonstrates long-term promise in environmental and wildlife conservation.

3)      Sophomores and juniors who are majors in a scientific discipline and who demonstrate a focus in wildlife and environmental conservation are eligible.


Applicants should submit a two-page letter describing (1) how this award would promote the student′s activity in environmental and wildlife conservation and (2) achievements that demonstrate continued promise in environmental conservation. Students should include a CV or resume and should arrange for a faculty member or other individual to submit a supporting letter of recommendation. All materials should be submitted electronically to the Director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program by March 31. Awards will be announced at the spring awards convocation. Recipients are expected to present the outcome of their environmental experience(s) that were supported by this award to the Rhodes community during the following academic year.


Early Career Award in Environmental Sciences & Studies


Rhodes College believes that learning is a life-long pursuit. In support of this ideal, the Environmental Program at Rhodes has established the Rhodes Early Career Award in Environmental Studies & Sciences to assist graduating seniors who majored in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science as they pursue early career opportunities or post-graduate study.

The Award will provide one $1000.00 award annually to support the student’s initial post-graduate endeavors in work or post-graduate study and reinforce the Environmental Studies & Sciences program’s interest in the continued development of our Environmental Studies and Environmental Science majors.

Rhodes faculty may nominate graduating seniors who have completed or will complete the requirements for a major in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science.

Nominations must include:

a letter of nomination from a Rhodes faculty member that explicitly identifies the student’s participation in the Environmental Program at Rhodes and dedication to environmental issues;

a letter from the student describing in detail his or her intended post-graduate work or study and a statement of how he or she will put to use the ideas learned as an Environmental Studies or Science major at Rhodes. The student must also provide his or her GPA as of the end of the senior fall semester.

To qualify for the award, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the end of the fall semester of their senior year and have been engaged in research, a creative activity, or an outreach/community enrichment program that clearly addresses environmental issues broadly defined to include (but not limited to): environmental law, environmental justice, environmental economics, environmental policy formulation, environmental impact assessment, environmental education, environmental engineering, environmental arts, and environmental science.

Nominations should be submitted electronically to the director of the Environmental Studies & Sciences program by March 31. Nominations will be reviewed by faculty in the Environmental Studies & Science program and the award may be announced at the annual Awards Convocation.


Cary Fowler ’71 Environmental Studies Fellowship


Rhodes College in collaboration with the Global Crop Diversity Trust offers an annual 12-month “Fowler Fellowship” to a graduating Rhodes student at the Crop Trust. The Fowler Fellowship provides the opportunity for recent graduates to develop an understanding of the Crop Trust’s work and the issues associated with genetic resources conservation.


The Fowler Fellowship will be for a period of twelve months, with a start date of August 1st and the position will be located in Bonn, Germany. The total funding including the salary, a stipend for health insurance, and the travel and moving allowance is $50,000 for the year. The Crop Trust will assist the Fellow with obtaining the required residence certificate, providing housing information, and finding an acceptable health care plan.


The qualifications that will be considered in the application process include, but are not limited to, the following. The ideal candidate:

· has just completed an undergraduate degree at Rhodes College, preferably in the area of environmental studies or environmental sciences. Additional coursework in business administration, finance and economics is desirable.

· has excellent research, writing and analytical skills;

· demonstrates resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving;

· can establish and maintain effective working relations with people from diverse backgrounds;

· has advanced computer skills: sound, hands-on, knowledge of standard office software (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc.); and

· has a demonstrated interest in the work of the Global Crop Diversity Trust and an interest in issues relating to biodiversity conservation and food security.


To apply for the Fowler Fellowship, graduating Rhodes students must submit a completed application packet by January 31.


The application packet requires submission of the following documents:

· a two-page Letter of Interest – this letter should address the following:

o your motivation for applying

o summary of your qualifications and experience with an indication of how you meet the terms of reference and competencies for the position;

o description of previous work experience and coursework that is relevant to this internship;

o how this Fellowship relates to your future career goals;

· your resume (including current residence address, telephone and email address).

· nomination form from a Rhodes professor


For more information on the Fowler Fellowship and to receive an application packet, contact the Director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program.