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Vermont Law and Graduate School Accepting Applications for Journalists for 2023 Summer Media Fellowships in Environmental Law and Animal Law

Thursday, February 16, 2023


Vermont Law and Graduate School (VLGS), home to one of the top-ranked environmental law programs in the United States, seeks applications from qualified, full-time journalists for its 2023 Summer Media Fellowships. As fellows, selected journalists will participate in the 2023 Summer Session at VLGS, taught by internationally recognized scholars and leaders in environmental and animal law and policy.

Every summer since 2002, Vermont Law and Graduate School has invited journalists to participate in the program. “During their visit to Vermont Law and Graduate School, Summer Media Fellows interact with experts on a wide array of environmental issues, forming connections that provide sources for stories and often evolve into years-long professional relationships,” said Jennifer Rushlow, dean of the Vermont School for the Environment, interim dean of the Vermont Graduate School, and faculty director of the Environmental Law Center.

The program provides an opportunity for the fellows to have access to VLGS’s distinguished faculty and visiting law and policy leaders. In addition, Media Fellows choose one Summer Session course to audit and present on a topic of their choice as part of the Summer Session’s “Hot Topics'' series on current issues.

Media Fellowships are open to full-time journalists who cover environmental issues such as natural resources, energy, legal affairs, public health, food systems and agriculture, animal law and policy, and other environment-related subjects.

Fellows are selected from applicants based on work history, samples, and commitment to covering environmental law and policy issues, animal protection issues, or food and agriculture issues and their potential for increasing understanding of these issues nationwide.

Prospective fellows are asked to complete an application with their contact information, CV, a short cover letter explaining their interests in, and qualifications for, the fellowship, and a link to an online portfolio or links to at least two recently published articles. All applicants will be considered for either an Environmental Law Media Fellowship, Food and Agriculture Media Fellowship, or Animal Law Media Fellowship.

Selected fellows will choose to audit one two-week, two-credit course from a selection of topics within their specific fellowship category (one animal law fellow will be able to attend Undercover Investigations of Animal Operations). View all course descriptions and schedules online. Each fellow also receives a stipend, free housing (travel and meals not included), and a tuition waiver.

The application deadline for both fellowships is Monday, March 20, 2023.

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About Vermont Law and Graduate School: Vermont Law and Graduate School, a private, independent institution, is home to the nation’s premier environmental law program. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, South Royalton Legal Clinic, Environmental Advocacy Clinic, Energy Clinic, Food and Agriculture Clinic, Environmental Justice Clinic, and Center for Justice Reform. For more information, visit and follow on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.