Application and Selection Process
Applications for NRLI Class 23 (2023-2023) are closed. Applications for Class 24 will be available by January 2024. See below for details about past application processes.
Class 23 (2023-2024) Application Form
To apply, send an email with a completed application form and a copy of your resume/CV as attachments to Jocelyn Peskin (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than April 17, 2023.Application packets are reviewed by a selection committee, and applicants will be advised regarding the status of their application no later than June 1, 2023.
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 23 (2023-2024) NRLI Fellow, please complete the Nomination Form. Nominations are not required.
ScholarshipsThere are four partial scholarships and one full scholarship available, 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 1, 2023). The following scholarships are available for Class 23 (2023-2024):
Rosezetta Bobo Equity & Inclusion Scholarship – Support for an African American NRLI Fellow.
Rosezetta Bobo is a participant in 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.
There is one full Rosezetta Bobo Equity & Inclusion Scholarship ($4500) 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.
There is one partial Bruce Delaney Scholarship ($2,250) available. 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.
There is one partial Farm Credit of Florida Agricultural and Natural Resources Leadership Scholarship ($2,250) 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.
There is one partial General Joe Joyce Scholarship ($2,250) available. 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
There is one partial Local Government Scholarship ($2,250) available. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please complete Section III of the application form.
|August 23-25, 2023||Crystal River|
|September 20-22, 2023||Orlando|
|October 11-13, 2023||Madeira Beach|
|November 15-17, 2023||St. Augustine|
|January 24-26, 2024||Naples/Everglades|
|February 21-23, 2024||Clewiston|
|March 20-22, 2024||Marianna|
|April 18-20*, 2024 (*Thurs, Fri, Sat)||Gainesville|
Sessions begin at noon on Wednesday and end at noon on Friday.