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. 

Fellowship Timeline

There will be three groups, or cohorts, of Fellows in 2019-2020. A timeline of major activities for the application and for each cohort is provided below. 

Cohort A

  • Workshop activities:
    • Flight bookings through ASU travel agent: week of August 12, 2019
    • Pre-workshop online session: August 16 or 19, 2019 (your choice)
    • Travel to Arizona: September 9 (international) or September 10, 2019 (US)
    • Group dinner: September 10, 2019
    • Day 1 of workshop: September 11, 2019
    • Day 2 of workshop: September 12, 2019
    • Travel home: September 13, 2019
    • Post-workshop online session #1: October 18 or 21, 2019 (your choice)
    • Post-workshop online session #2: December 6 or 9, 2019 (your choice)
  • Project work:
    • September 2019 - January, 2020
  • Reporting and evaluation:
    • Evaluation survey link provided: December 11, 2019
    • Final report due: January 6, 2020

Cohort B

  • Workshop activities:
    • Flight bookings through ASU travel agent: by early December, 2019
    • Pre-workshop online session: January 3 or 6, 2020 (your choice)
    • Travel to Arizona: January 20 (international) or January 21, 2020 (US)
    • Group dinner: January 21, 2020
    • Day 1 of workshop: January 22, 2020
    • Day 2 of workshop: January 23, 2020
    • Travel home: January 24, 2020
    • Post-workshop online session #1: February 21 or 24, 2020 (your choice)
    • Post-workshop online session #2: April 17 or 20, 2020 (your choice)
  • Project work:
    • January - May, 2020
  • Reporting and evaluation:
    • Final report due: May 18, 2020
    • Evaluation survey link provided: May 18, 2020

Cohort C

  • Workshop activities
    • Flight bookings through ASU travel agent: by mid April, 2020
    • Pre-workshop online session: April 17 or 20, 2020 (your choice)
    • Travel to Arizona: May 18 (international) or May 19, 2020 (US)
    • Group dinner: May 19, 2020
    • Day 1 of workshop: May 20, 2020
    • Day 2 of workshop: May 21, 2020
    • Travel home: May 22, 2020
    • Post-workshop online session #1: June 19 or 22, 2020 (your choice)
    • Post-workshop online session #2: August 21 or 24, 2020 (your choice)
  • Project work
    • May - September, 2020
  • Reporting and evaluation
    • Final report due: September 8, 2020
    • Evaluation survey link provided: September 8, 2020


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.