Natural Resources Leadership Institute

To Apply

Application and Selection Process

We are now accepting applications to NRLI Class XIX (2019-2020)!

To apply to NRLI Class XIX (2019-2020), please email a completed application form and a copy of your resume/CV to Wendy-Lin Bartels (wendylin@ufl.edu).

Class XIX (2019-2020) Application Form

The application deadline is March 15, 2019. Class size is limited; applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Application packets are reviewed by a selection committee in early April. Applicants will be advised regarding the status of their application no later than April 25, 2019.

Program Fees

If accepted, the program fees are $4,500 per Fellow. These fees cover meals, lodging (Wednesday and Thursday nights, with a roommate), field trips, and instructional materials for the eight 3-day sessions--each held at a different location in the state. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the sessions and any additional lodging required. Participation in the eight three-day sessions and completion of the associated assignments is mandatory.

Scholarships

NRLI offers partial scholarships which are awarded via a competive selection process. For more information, see Section III of the application form. Scholarship award decisions are made during the application review process, and we will notify applicants about scholarship awards when we contact them regarding the status of their application (in April 2019). The following scholarships are available for Class XIX (2019-2020):


Bruce Delaney Scholarship – Targeted support to individuals from underrepresented communities or organizations
Bruce is an alumnus of NRLI Class II, the former Executive Director of NRLI, and was a Project Team member for more than 11 years. Bruce is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and in his earlier career, he taught high school history, worked on the oil fields in Alaska, owned a fish camp in Cross Creek, Florida, and served terms as Mayor and Commissioner for the City of Gainesville. This scholarship provides partial support to individuals from underrepresented communities or organizations that would not otherwise be able to financially support their participation in NRLI.
There is one half scholarship ($2,250) available to a NRLI Class XIX (2019-2020) Fellow via the Bruce Delaney Scholarship. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please complete Section III of the application form.

Farm Credit of Florida Agricultural and Natural Resources Leadership Scholarship – Targeted support to young farmers (35 years old or younger)
The Farm Credit of Florida Agricultural and Natural Resources Leadership Endowment was made possible through a generous donation by Farm Credit of Florida and will be used to support scholarships for young farmers (35 years old or younger) participating in the Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute. Those working in Florida agricultural are an important constituency for the NRLI program and NRLI is proud to have a role in training future leaders of the agricultural community. The average age for a fulltime farmer in the United States is almost 60 years old and young farmers pursuing full- and part-time farming are crucial to the future of the agricultural sector in the State of Florida.
There is one half scholarship ($2,250) available to a young farmer (35 years or younger) NRLI Class XIX (2019-2020) Fellow via the Farm Credit of Florida Agricultural and Natural Resources Scholarship. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please complete Section III of the application form.

General Joe Joyce Scholarship for Natural Resources Leadership – Non-targeted Scholarship
In 2015, Dr. Joseph C. Joyce retired after more than 20 years as the UF/IFAS Senior Associate Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources. Dr. Joyce created an endowment to support the Florida Natural Resources Leadership institute—this endowment provides partial scholarship support to NRLI participants.
There is one half scholarship ($2,250) available to a NRLI Class XIX (2019-2020) Fellow via the General Joe Joyce Scholarship for Natural Resources Leadership. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please complete Section III of the application form.

NRLI Engaged Citizen Scholarship – Targeted support to individuals from local government and non-governmental organizations
NRLI Project Team members provide revenue generating facilitation and training services beyond the 8-month professional development program. The team utilizes a portion of this revenue to support a half scholarship for individuals who work for local government or not-for-profit organizations.
There is one half scholarship ($2,250) available to a NRLI Class XIX (2019-2020) Fellow via the NRLI Engaged Citizen Scholarship. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please complete Section III of the application form.

Schedule
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Dates Topic Location
August 21-23, 2019 The Impacts of Port Expansion Ft. Lauderdale
September 25-27, 2019 Beach Renourishment TBD (Florida Panhandle)
October 23-25, 2019 Water Quality & Estuary Health
Ft. Myers
November 20-22, 2019 Wildlife Management: Florida Black Bear Ocala
January 22-24, 2020 Agriculture & Water Quality Okeechobee
February 19-21, 2020 Forestry TBD
March 18-20, 2020 Lake Istokpoga Management Sebring
April 15-17, 2020 Graduation & practicum presentations Gainesville

Sessions begin at noon on Wednesday and end at noon on Friday. The graduation session begins at noon on Wednesday and culminates with a ceremony and dinner reception the evening of Friday, April 17.