The fellowship is named for the late Mingma Norbu Sherpa, pioneering conservationist in the Himalaya, who served as an official with the World Wildlife Fund. A protégé of Sir Edmund Hillary, Mr. Sherpa believed that “saving nature need not take place at the expense of the people,” and as example of that, he developed an 800-square-mile conservation area surrounding the 28,169 foot tall Kangchenjunga (behind Everest and K2 in height). He and 23 others died in a 2006 helicopter crash just after they left a ceremony giving control of the area to the local residents.
Eligible applicants must be:
- undergraduate or graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- continuing their studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in the semester following their fellowship
The online application asks for the following information:
- a concise description of the project and how you will carry it out;
- specific outcomes and how you will measure them;
- a statement of the eventual impact and value of the project;
- an approximate timeline you will follow; and
- a project budget that does not request more than $1,250 and describes the sources and amounts of any other funding.
If the project will be conducted in cooperation with or will receive financial or other support from a governmental agency or private sector organization, the application should include, in addition to a proposal, a letter of commitment from each such agency or organization.
Applications for the Sherpa Fellowship are closed.