The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies selected nine graduate students as Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellows
, with each Fellow to receive up to $40,000 of funding for their education and post-graduate service in the environmental sector.
The 2013 Sabin Fellows are Elizabeth Babalola (Nigeria), Gladys Caballero (Colombia), Sonam Choden (Bhutan), Yufang Gao (China), Renzo Mendoza Castro (Peru), Lia Nicholson (Antigua and Barbuda), Juer Song (China), Jin Yin (China) and Alemayehu Belay Zeleke (Ethiopia). For more about the fellows and their work, see below.
The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation created the Sabin Fellowship program at Yale in 2011 to provide scholarship support for students from developing countries, and to provide additional post-graduate awards to those students returning to their home countries and regions to pursue environmental careers. Since, 2011, the Andrew Sabin Foundation has supported 26 Sabin Fellows, all graduate students attending the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
“I am excited to support these dynamic and energetic scholars from around the world through scholarships and by jumpstarting their environmental careers,” said Andrew Sabin. “My goal is to lower their debt burden while in School, and then offer a powerful incentive for each of them to return to their home countries and regions as quickly as possible to work on pressing environmental issues. In the long-run, I’m hoping to help create a global network of committed young, environmental leaders who are tackling tough issues like climate change and biodiversity loss.”
Each Sabin Fellow selected in 2013 is eligible to receive tuition assistance up to $20,000 and another $20,000 in post-graduation awards. The post-graduation award is contingent on the Fellow’s return to her/his native country or region within eighteen months of graduation and service in the environmental sector for at least twelve months.
“The School is incredibly thankful to Andy Sabin for his generosity and support of our international students, “says F&ES Dean Peter Crane. “The Sabin Fellows program goes beyond scholarship giving; it additionally provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to return to their home countries and put their Yale environmental education to immediate and practical use.”
Located in East Hampton, New York, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation is a private charitable foundation. It provides grants to nonprofit organizations with the single goal of protecting and preserving the environment. The Foundation also started the Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize at Yale, which supports student and faculty efforts to start sustainable for-profit businesses through a business plan competition.
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies was founded in 1901 and is the oldest school in the country offering professional environmental and forestry education and training. Graduate students come from around the world to attend Yale F&ES and international students typically comprise 20-30% of its student body.