Directorate Fellows Program

 Apply for the Directorate Fellows Program


The application period for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) 2021 Directorate Fellows Program (DFP) announcement is now open thru January 15, 2021 .   (NOTE:  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  The application period may close before the deadline if a sufficient number of eligible applications are received.  Applicants are highly encouraged to apply early to ensure consideration.)  

What is the Directorate Fellows Program (DFP)? 

DFP is a Direct Hire Authority program that includes an 11-week fellowship project for current students at the rising senior undergraduate or graduate school level.  The 11-week fellowships begin in mid-May/mid-June 2021 and end in August/September 2021.  Upon successful completion of the Fellowship program, along with degree conferral, participants may be directly appointed without competition to full time, permanent positions.  Most projects are a good fit for students with majors in biological sciences and natural resources. There are a limited number of projects that could be a good fit for other degree majors.  Refer to the DFP flyer for more detailed information on the DFP program, the eligibility requirements and application procedures.  Click Here to view the DFP flyer.

How to Apply: 

FWS is collaborating with the American Conservation Experience (ACE), the Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF), and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) nonprofit organizations this year to assist with the recruitment and administration of over 111 Fellowship opportunities nationwide.   Each partner organization is administering a specific number of projects based on geographic location. Applying with multiple partners ensures you will have access to view and apply for all projects of interest to you.  

There is a 2-step application process 

Step 1.  Students shall apply to qualify for the Program requirements via our partner sites below. At minimum, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be a current undergraduate junior, senior, or graduate student and complete your degree's graduation requirements after the 11-week fellowship (i.e. after September 22, 2021).

  • Click Here to apply for eligibility for DFP and for future access to projects administered by American Conservation Experience (ACE).  
  • Click Here to apply for eligibility for DFP and for future access to projects administered by Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF).  
  • Click Here to apply for eligibility for DFP and for future access to projects administered by Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) (Applying with TMCF is only available to students who attend an HBCU school).  

NOTE:   Students are strongly encouraged to apply with multiple partners to be able to view all project opportunities when they become available.

Step 2.   After the students qualify for the Program with each partner, when the specific project descriptions are posted, students will be notified to log back into their application and select the specific projects/locations you are interested in applying to.  Select “San Luis NWR Complex” if interested in working on our DFP project.  Our DFP candidate will work on a project involving the endangered riparian brush rabbit.
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