Guidelines for Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) Alumni

Dinesh Paudel

“For me it was the most productive and encouraging experience to take part in this training. It went so smoothly that the managerial part was a great learning in itself. The great thing for me was not only the course but also to know the people from around the world who have similar interest and worries about how to save this world by taking care of social justice and equity. Berkeley is really a fantastic place for such debates.”

Dinesh Paudel, ELP 2004

Nepal-Swiss Community Forestry Project, Nepal


All Beahrs ELP alumni (years 2001 – 2015) are eligible to submit a proposal to the Buck Kingman Initiative. The ELP is interested in leveraging funds to achieve the greatest impact. Therefore, alumni submitting proposals must be currently employed by organizations dedicated to conservation and/or sustainable development, and include in their proposal a strong letter of support from their organization. Preference will be given to applicants that have never received a Buck Kingman grant in the past. Only one proposal may be submitted per person per calendar year.


These funds are made available by the Buck Kingman Initiative at the College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley.

Grants will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 to a maximum of $10,000 per award. The number of grants awarded will depend upon the quantity and quality of the proposals received and their respective budgets. The Initiative welcomes proposals that have multiple sources of funding. Funds cannot be allocated to individuals. Financial information of the organization will be requested upon selection of the proposal.

Collaboration with University of California, Berkeley

All Beahrs ELP alumni interested in applying for a grant from the Buck Kingman Initiative must identify their committed UC Berkeley partner(s), as well as fellow ELP alumni partner(s) before submitting the proposal. In your search for an appropriate Berkeley partner that “adds value” to your project, you should feel free to approach any member of the UC Berkeley/ELP community you met during the summer course or have come to know through the literature, UC Berkeley website or other means. If you need help finding contact information for a specific faculty member, please reach out to a Beahrs ELP staff member. It is important that you correspond with your prospective partners before submitting your application, in order to guarantee their commitment to participate in your proposed project. A signed letter that substantiates this commitment is part of the application package. Our advice from past experience is to not delay in identifying collaborators, sharing early drafts of your proposal and obtaining letters of support.


All Beahrs ELP alumni are invited to submit an application to the Buck Kingman Initiative for the 2015 competition. The final deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, December 7, 2015. Completed applications must include all of the following materials:

  • Electronic application information form (Link to application will be released in late October);
  • Letter of commitment from the specific UC Berkeley faculty member of graduate student who has confirmed collaboration (this may be a detailed email communication);
  • Signed letter of support from your supervisor or other professional at your organization who is qualified to judge the merit of this proposal; and
  • Project proposal (no more than five pages single spaced), to include the following sub-headings and content:
    1. Problem statement/justification;
    2. Project activities to be undertaken that address the problem;
    3. Collaboration statement: address what the collaboration will consist of and what expertise it lends to the project; include names, affiliations, and expected time commitment of partners;
    4. Connection of proposed project with learning/skills developed during Beahrs ELP certificate course at UC Berkeley;
    5. Expected results and outputs;
    6. Timeline and duration (no more than 12 months);
    7. Detailed budget and budget narrative: explain each budget line item. Institutional indirect cost recovery may not be included in the budget. Note that the budget must cover the travel/local costs of the UC Berkeley collaboration.
    8. Risks associated with the proposed projects, and possible ways to handle these risks.

Application materials should be sent by email to  Please state: “Proposal for Buck Kingman Initiative/your name” in the subject line.  All letters must be signed.

Reporting Requirements

Grantees are expected to pursue the project activities described in the selected proposals. If, however, there is a need to adjust the activities because of unforeseen circumstances, the grantee will need to submit a project revision request to the ELP for review and approval. The Buck Kingman Initiative Selection Committee will ensure that the review process is handled quickly (maximum of two weeks).

Upon completion of the project, Buck Kingman Initiative grantees are required to submit a Final Report containing the following:

  • Final written narrative (three to four pages single spaced), to include the following sub-headings and content:
    1. Introduction
    2. Methodology used and the process
    3. Substantive results, and the strengths and weaknesses
    4. Financial report
    5. Conclusion
  • High resolution photos:
    1. Local area
    2. Team members and UC Berkeley collaborator
    3. Beneficiaries
    4. People in activity and working
    5. Process
  • Blog post (about 700 words) summarizing:
    1. Problem statement
    2. Project activities
    3. Outcomes
    4. How the ELP and UC Berkeley Collaborator inspired/developed your project
  • Testimonials:
    1. UC Berkeley partner
    2. Outstanding beneficiary
    3. Member of the team
    4. Local partner

The Final Report must be submitted by the deadline that is specified in the grant award.

Selection and Schedule

All proposals are carefully reviewed and evaluated by a Selection Committee.

Leon Ramon

"A full week on negotiation, conflict solving, listening, proposing, collaborating, and facilitating: this was great! In relation to the pineapple environmental problems we have in Costa Rica, I changed my strategy to promote more understanding between the parties, before even talking about the issues."

Ramón León, 2009 ELP
EARTH University, Costa Rica



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