The David H. Getches Native American and Natural Resources Law Fellowship was made available as the result of a generous gift from the Wyss Foundation. The Getches Fellowship will support a recent Colorado Law School graduate in carrying out a project that addresses a significant issue or issues of importance in Native American and/or natural resources law. The fellowship will be awarded through a competitive process to an applicant who demonstrates a sincere interest in pursuing a career in the field of Native American or natural resources law. The awardee will be hired by the University of Colorado Law School to work with the Natural Resources Law Center, in conjunction with the Center, or with a non–governmental organization, or Indian tribe, under the supervision of the Center.

A preference will be given to proposals that will allow the applicant to work at the law school and that address land and water conservation and stewardship and sound natural resource management in Indian country, and that have as at least one objective illuminating such issues for the benefit of tribal governments. Applicants may develop their own proposals but should consult with the appropriate organization with whom they wish to work and the Natural Resources Law Center to ensure the feasibility of the project.  Applicants must have a mentor (faculty or other) who will provide guidance and help ensure that the fellow will succeed in the project.

Salary is $4,000 per month for 12-15 months. Start date is flexible but sooner is better (early August at the latest). The position is full-time, but someone who wanted to work part-time for a couple of months while studying for the bar exam might be accomodated. Salary would be prorated accordingly.