Sustainable Water Markets (SWM) Fellowship

University of California-Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Sustainable Water Markets (SWM) Fellowship Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management provides training and support to graduate students. The fellowship program focuses on building a network of leaders in freshwater conservation, starting from the graduate level, with continued support throughout a fellow’s career. The aim is for graduates of the SWM program to lead sustainable water management into the future, focusing on ways to distribute water that support economically- and ecologically-healthy communities. This network of leaders is strengthened by a diversity of backgrounds and peer-to-peer learning. In Fall 2019, the SWM Fellowship hopes to expand this network with the addition of fellows from North American indigenous communities.


The PhD SWM Fellowship supports students pursuing a PhD at the Bren School. Successful applicants are interested in conducting research that is interdisciplinary in nature, cutting across water science, economics, law, and policy to advance the scientific bounds of water markets. The PhD SWM Fellowship provides support for up to two years, including funding for tuition, stipends, and conference travel. Applications are due December 15, 2018.


The MESM SWM Fellowship supports students pursuing a Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) degree at the Bren School who are interested in pursuing careers related to water resources management and water markets. It includes full tuition support for up to two years and conference travel funds. Applications are due early January 2019.


In addition to the normal graduate coursework, SWM fellows engage in specialized seminars and workshops, participate in field trips to study water transactions, and complete PhD research or Master’s Projects that solve environmental problems using water markets. More information on the details of the SWM program can be found at


If you know students or professionals who are interested in pursuing a Master’s or PhD focused in Sustainable Water Markets, please share this email and the attached flyer. Anyone interested should contact SWM Program Manager, Lili Prahl ( to discuss the application process. Prospective students are also welcome to contact Bren faculty to discuss their research interests.