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 will support three cohorts of Sustainability Fellows, who will participate in the program for a period of approximately four months. Sustainability Fellows:

  • Attend a two-day in-person workshop at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, where they will network with other professionals, learn about sustainability, share best practices, and brainstorm project ideas to implement at their museums (fellows’ travel expenses will be covered through the program); 
  • Participate in three online sessions, one held prior to the in-person workshop and two held afterwards;
  • Develop a sustainability project at their museums; 
  • Receive US$1,000 in participant support, payable to your institution, for use at your discretion for staff time, materials, or other expenses;
  • Submit an online report describing their project and sharing their experience with the fellowship; and
  • Complete an optional brief online evaluation survey.


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. They are updated as the program progresses. 


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

The archived application materials are available for reference, but applications are no longer being accepted for 2019-2020:

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.