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Prospective Students

Incoming Students for Fall 2018

Environmental Fellows Program applications received before or on February 1, 2018 will receive fullest consideration, although applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the Class of 2022 is filled.  Should you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Amber Hecko at 765.658.4071 or at 

Go ahead and start your application for the Environmental Fellows Program today!  You can save it and return to finish it later, if needed.

Application Checklist



  • Write an essay of approximately 750 words about yourself, your interests, and your understanding of a particular environmental issue.  Please refer to the prompts below.

  • Save the file as your last name, first name (e.g., Goodall, Jane) as a Word or PDF file.


  • When your essay is complete, click the link below to submit your application online.  You will be asked to Log In using the DePauw username and password you received when you completed your Common Application.  If you have not yet submitted the Common Application, you will be asked to create a DePauw account to submit your Environmental Fellows Program application.

  • Once you have logged into your portal, follow the instructions detailed below:
    -Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Start New Application.
    -Next, choose 2018 as Application Type, then select 2018 Environmental Fellows Program.
    -Click Create Application where you will be prompted to Open Application.
    -Verify your information is correct then select Continue at the bottom of the page.
    -Choose your File and Upload your essay, then Continue at the bottom of the page.
    -Finally, scroll to the bottom of the last page to Submit Application.

  • Should you encounter any issues or have any questions, please email Amber Hecko at






Please respond to the following prompts in an essay of approximately 750 words.  The committee will read your essay with an interest in the way you think about environmental issues and may ask about your essay if you are selected for an interview. You are welcome but not required to consult outside resources as you develop your answer. If you do, be sure to cite them appropriately. We are more interested in your considered response to the question than the breadth of your factual knowledge.  Your essay should address the following questions:

  • Tell us the story of your involvement in environmental studies and/or environmental issues. Begin with the moment when you first became aware of your interest in the environment, describing this experience in detail.  How does this experience inform your hopes for your future -e.g.,  perhaps as a researcher, professional, or activist?

  • Identify one environment-related issue or problem that you are eager to learn about during your four years at DePauw and to address in your life's work.  Why does this issue intrigue or concern you?  What academic subjects and hands-on experiences are particularly relevant to it, and why?

  • Diverse perspectives, experiences, and academic subjects are necessary to address complex environmental issues.  How does this observation apply to the environmental issue that you identified above?  In other words, in addition to the subjects and experiences you've already identified, what other (less obvious) fields and perspectives could be important?

As we read your response, we will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Your ability to express yourself clearly.

  • Your ability to give specific examples.

  • Your ability to think critically about complex issues.

  • Your commitment to environmental studies over time.