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Sustainable Food Systems Fellowship

Sustainable Food Systems Fellows lead a research project to study campus food systems at Santa Clara University.

Goals: The research project aims to increase understanding of our campus food systems’ environmental and social impact, as well as to identify actionable steps for improving these systems. The Fellowship will provide practical experience and strengthen students’ skills for future academic endeavors, early-career jobs, and graduate school research.

Duration: The majority of the research is conducted on SCU’s campus during the summer, lasting from around May through October 2023.

Deliverables: The Fellowship concludes with a paper or presentation to share findings and recommendations. The two Fellows will collaborate on the project together and work with faculty and staff mentors, including administration and Dining Service leadership.


  • Students shall remain in good academic and behavioral standing based on SCU policies and values.
  • Current Santa Clara University junior or senior.

Applicants who meet all of the following will be prioritized for this opportunity:

  • Come from underrepresented socio-economic backgrounds (e.g. Black, Latina/o/x, Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and first-generation),
  • Prior coursework exploring data analysis or sustainable food systems / agroecology 
  • Show strong leadership potential and commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.