Application and Selection Process
Applications for NRLI Class 24 (2024-2025) are now open. Applications due by April 15, 2024. Details on how to apply can be found firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than April 15, 2024. Application packets are reviewed by a selection committee, and applicants will be advised regarding the status of their application no later than June 3, 2024.
Program FeesIf 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.
NominationsTo nominate an indivdual to be a Class 24 (2024-2025) NRLI Fellow, please complete the Nomination Form. Nominations are not required.
ScholarshipsThere are five different scholarships available (most are for 1/2 the cost of the registration fees), 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 (by June 3, 2024). The following scholarships are available for Class 24 (2024-2025):
Rosezetta Bobo Equity & Inclusion Scholarship – Support for an African American NRLI Fellow.
Rosezetta Bobo is an alum of NRLI Class 21, and the Diversity Officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Her years of working in environments that lack diversity, her participation in NRLI, and lessons learned about the impact that NRLI alumni can have on all groups across the state, focused her attention on the overall lack of diverse participation in most areas of conservation and natural resources. This prompted the establishment of a scholarship in search of greater participation and engagement of African Americans in NRLI.
The Rosezetta Bobo Equity & Inclusion Scholarship ($4500) is available to an African American working in the field of conservation or natural resources. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please complete Section III of the application form.
Bruce Delaney Scholarship – Support for individuals from communities or organizations that would not otherwise be able to financially support their participation in NRLI.
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 previous to NRLI 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.
Bruce Delaney Scholarships are for $2,250 towards NRLI registraton fees. 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 – 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.
The Farm Credit of Florida Agricultural and Natural Resources Leadership Scholarship is for $2,250 towards NRLI registration fees and is available to a young farmer (35 years or younger). 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 – Unspecified 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.
The General Joe Joyce Scholarship is for $2,250 towards the NRLI registration fees. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please complete Section III of the application form.
Local Government Scholarship – Support for individuals and elected officials from local government
Local Government Scholarships are for $2,250 towards the NRLI registration fees. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please complete Section III of the application form.
|August 21-23, 2024||Miami|
|September 18-20, 2024||Clewiston|
|October 16-18, 2024||Jacksonville|
|November 13-15, 2024||Live Oak|
|January 22-24, 2025||Ocala|
|February 19-21, 2025||San Antonio|
|March 19-21, 2025||Pensacola|
|April 25-26*, 2025 (*Fri & Sat)||Gainesville|
Sessions begin at noon on Wednesday and end at noon on Friday.