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Program Overview

The EFC at UNC has a dual mission to provide assistance to communities through training and applied research, while also educating students who will become future leaders in the environmental finance field. Through the Leaders in Environment and Finance (LEAF) fellowship program, the EFC at UNC will support students in completing applied research projects in areas of environmental management that directly respond to the needs of North Carolina local governments and private sector environmental service providers. In addition, our partners and communities will benefit from in-depth technical assistance provided by some of the best students in the nation and direct access to the knowledge base of the EFC at UNC. In addition the environmental community will benefit from having more young professionals who are well-versed in environmental finance.

Who is Eligible?

The LEAF fellowship program will be made possible through a joint partnership of the EFC at UNC, host sites, and the students selected. Host sites will be a wide variety of organizations involved in environmental services in North Carolina, including utilities, local governments, state agencies, and private firms. These partners will commit to hosting a future environmental leader for a comprehensive 10 week professional fellowship experience. Students will then return to the EFC at UNC in the fall to complete an independent research project or work on an applicable EFC at UNC project.

The program will target returning UNC undergraduate and graduate students at UNC Chapel Hill from a variety of disciplines. Students transitioning from undergraduate to graduate at UNC will also be eligible to apply. Undergraduate students include those studying economics, environmental science, or public policy. Graduate students include those in the Master of Public Administration program, Master of City and Regional Planning, Master of Public Health, or Master of Information and Library Science.

2019 Host Sites:

Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA), Carrboro, NC


Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG), Durham, NC


NC GreenPower Corporation, Raleigh, NC


Envirolink, Inc., Raleigh, NC


When to Apply

Applications are open for Summer/Fall 2019. Please see full application on our Jobs page.

If you are interested in being a host site, please contact Allison Perch at 919-962-6191 or