Six graduate students at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) have been chosen as Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellows
, with each Fellow to receive up to $40,000 for their education and post-graduation careers in the environmental sector.
This year’s Fellows are Uma Bhandaram
(India), Yaping Cheng
(China), Sangay Dorji
(Bhutan), Heri Hermawan
(Indonesia), Tianjun Hou
(China), and Jie Pan
Each Fellow 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 students returning to their home countries or regions within 18 months of graduation and completing work in the environmental sector for at least one year.
“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.”
Located in East Hampton, N.Y., 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.
Since 2011, the Foundation has supported 32 Sabin Fellows, all graduate students attending F&ES.
“We are once again deeply grateful to Andy Sabin for his generous support of international students at F&ES,” said Dean Peter Crane
. “This fellowship not only provides financial support to talented students who enrich our community in important ways, but it also encourages them to return to their home countries and work for a more sustainable future.
“This marvelous support has both an immediate and lasting impact around the globe.”