Sustainability Fellowship

Program overview

The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability in Science and Technology Museums initiative supports museums in developing and expanding sustainability programming through professional development opportunities, public educational materials, and other resources to promote sustainability science and practice. By leveraging the power of museums around the world, this program has the potential to help millions of museum visitors understand the social, environmental, and economic impact of human behavior on the planet’s future.

The initiative’s Sustainability Fellowship program provides professional development and support for museum staff who are interested in developing sustainability-related projects at their museums. Projects can include public programming, events, installations, or exhibits; professional development for museum staff and volunteers; behind-the-scenes efforts to make museum operations more sustainable; partnerships with other community organizations related to sustainability initiatives; and/or initial planning that will create a foundation for future sustainability efforts.

Program activities

In 2019-2020, the NISE Network supported three cohorts of Sustainability Fellows, who participated in the program for a period of approximately four months. Sustainability Fellows attended an intensive workshop where they networked with other professionals, learned about sustainability, shared best practices, and planned projects to implement at their museums; participated in three online sessions; and developed a sustainability project at their museums.


The complete list of participating organizations is available online. This includes organizations participating in the Sustainability Fellowship program in 2019-2020, as well as previous participants in fellowships and the regional workshops, 2016-2018.

Fellowship workshop resources

Sustainability Fellowship workshop resources are available for free download and use. 

Application now closed

Sustainability Fellowship applications were due July 1, 2019. The application has now closed.

About the project


The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability in Science and Technology Museums program is supported through funding from the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation.