Application Process


Applicants/nominees are responsible for submitting their application package (link at bottom of page when application period is open) through this website between February 1 and April 15. The application package consists of three sections:

(1) A nomination letter from your Director or CEO.

(2) Applicant resume and essay.

(3) Three recommendation letters, including one from your immediate supervisor. (If your immediate supervisor and nominator are the same person, please have them identify as such in the nomination letter and then upload that letter into both sections.)

Nomination and recommendation letters may be addressed to the NCLI.

At the end of the application period all packages are compiled and sent to a committee of NCLI Alumni who score each package. Those scores are then presented to the NCLI Board of Directors and final decisions on acceptance are made. Applicants are notified of their acceptance status through email in mid-to-late June/ early July.

Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Amanda Myers at

Note: NCLI will not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, or political beliefs.

Additional Information:

Informational Webinar



Scoring Criteria

Diversity Scholarship Fund

Applicant Mentors (more info coming soon!)

Empowering Experience

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Get Prepared

Learn more about the timeline for the NCLI application process and residencies.

“This fellowship is a life-changing experience...something unlike anything I've ever experienced. When you're at the Institute, we become a team of one with a common purpose of trying to make a difference in conservation; you look at issues with a broader purpose. It's a life-changing, life altering experience, something unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.”