The Fulbright Canada-RBC Eco-Leadership Program

Fulbright students and scholars are natural leaders. The Fulbright Canada-RBC Eco-Leadership Program provides small grants ($2000-$4000) to our current grantees and alumni, helping them complete a volunteer-based project that will make a significant positive environmental impact in their community. The funds cover program expenses, publicity and promotional materials, as well as transportation and travel expenses for volunteers and participants. By providing funds to cover basic project costs, Fulbright Canada hopes that our active alumni will bring together individuals within the community, as well as local community partners, who can work together and undertake community-based environmental initiatives.

Eco-Leader Victoria Chraibi (right) partnered with several groups in Duluth, MN to introduce an awareness proram to teach young people about the important role bats play in their local ecosystem. 
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About the program:
Over the years, we have become more aware of the challenges we face in preserving our environment and minimizing our impact on the sensitive eco-system that makes up our planet.  We recognize that the Fulbright program, which is predicated on physically moving individuals between countries around the globe, has an ecological impact on the planet. The Eco-Leadership Program offers Fulbrighters an opportunity to off-set their carbon footprint, make a positive environmental impact, engage with their community, and do a little good.


Applicants must be current grantees or alumni of the Canada-U.S. Fulbright program. Successful applicants may undertake their volunteer-based project in either Canada or the United States. Please refer to the terms and conditions for details.

How to apply:
Fulbright Canada-RBC Eco-Leadership proposals consist of a project description (including how the project engages the community, along with some discussion of the intended outcomes) and a budget (detailing any available matching funds and specifying the use and purpose of grant monies). All proposals are evaluated by a committee composed of the Fulbright Canada CEO, a program officer, and a Fulbright alumnus with experience in the field of environmental science.

Applicants must be current or past recipients of a Fulbright award through the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program. Current grantees are encouraged to submit a proposal for a volunteer-led activity, event, or program in their host community. Past recipients of Fulbright awards are eligible to receive an Eco-Leadership grant which can be taken up anywhere in Canada or the United States. The Eco-Leadership Program is based on the principles and practice of volunteerism. Applications that request funding to be used for salaries, stipends, honoraria, or any other form of compensation will be deemed ineligible. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review the terms and conditions closely.  All interested applicants are encouraged to complete an online application. To confirm that your application was received, or for any questions regarding the Fulbright Canada-RBC Eco-Leadership Program, please email [email protected].


The 2015-16 competition is open, applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm EST December 15, 2015

Read the Terms and Conditions,

fill out the Online Application, and 

email the application to [email protected].

Past Fulbright Canada-RBC Eco-Leaders:

In 2009, when the program was first introduced, several outstanding Fulbrighters reached out to their local communities and organized a series of projects that had a lasting and beneficial impact.  In 2010, Fulbright Canada and RBC supported 13 projects under the auspices of the Eco-Leadership Program. In 2011, we were very pleased to be supporting 10 exceptional projects throughout Canada and the United States.This year, we are proud to be supporting another 10outstanding projects aimed at engaging with local communities and addressing environmental challenges.

List of Eco-Leader Recipients

This program is made possible through the generous support of the