The fellowship is not a detail, therefore fellows continue to work at their current position. However, the time commitment for the fellowship is a minimum of 20 hours per week. It is expected that fellows apply what they learn to their daily work. To ensure that each fellow is able to provide 20 hours a week towards the fellowship, every fellow must submit a letter from their direct supervisor stating that they have approval to expend the time on fellowship activities.
Fellows are not expected to have sustainability or procurement expertise. The fellowship welcomes federal applicants from all subject matter areas. Fellows should understand the challenging nature of this intensive program, and have a strong desire to fully engage in the learning, project participation, and networking opportunities provided both during the six month program and after the fellowship. Fellows will be exposed to many areas of sustainability, with a strong emphasis on sustainability in procurement.
Eligible federal employees must be full time employees at the time of application, and are required to continue working full time for the duration of the fellowship.
Fellows are required to participate in person in two training seminars in the Washington DC area. GSA will incur the cost of travel to the Washington DC area for those fellows that are GSA employees. Fellows from other agencies must have travel paid for by their respective agency.
The online Sustainability in Procurement Fellowship Program application process has three components:
- Essay Questions
- Resume Submission
- Letter from direct supervisor confirming the applicant's availability to engage in a six month program with a minimum weekly commitment of 20 hours
Review and Interview
A team of GSA staff will review all applications received by the deadline and make interview recommendations.
A panel of GSA staff will interview the top candidates. Interviews will be conducted via telephone conference call
Applicants will be notified of their provisional acceptance into the fellowship via email and telephone call by the SPF Program Manager, Nancy Gillis. Upon receipt of provisional acceptance, applicants must reconfirm their ability to participate for a minimum of 20 hours per week, provide approval for participation in the training seminars.
or For fellows outside of GSA, a "Letter of Intent" to travel is also required, confirming that all travel and per diem costs will be paid by the agency for the training seminars. After receipt of this confirmation, applicants will receive a formal letter confirming their official acceptance and welcoming their participation in the fellowship program.
|February 12-14, 2013||Candidate telephone interviews|
|February 22, 2013||Notification of fellowship award|
|February 22 - March 8, 2013||Submittal of fellows acceptance paperwork, bios, and logistics|
|March 07, 2013||Fellowship placed on hold for Cohort 5|