Gilbert F. White Distinguished Visiting Fellowship

The Gilbert White Fellowship will next be issued in the 2019-2020 academic year. Please see eligibility and application guidelines below.

RFF awards resident fellowships in honor of Gilbert F. White, retired chairman of the RFF Board of Directors, distinguished geographer, and statesman of science.

Read about previous Gilbert F. White Distinguished Visiting Fellowship awardees.


The fellowship is intended for researchers in any discipline who have a doctoral degree (completed their doctoral requirements by the beginning of the academic year for which they are applying) and intend to devote a year to scholarly work in areas related to natural resources, energy, or the environment. Social scientists, as well as natural scientists, interested in policy-relevant interdisciplinary research are encouraged to apply. Teaching and/or research experience at the postdoctoral level is preferred, though not essential. Individuals holding positions in government, as well as at academic institutions, are also eligible.

Because Gilbert White Fellows will work closely with RFF researchers, selection criteria will include the nature of the applicant’s proposed research program and how it fits with work in progress and priorities within RFF’s two programs: Energy and Climate and Land, Water, and Nature.

The program is open to both US and non-US citizens, provided that applicants can provide proper work and residency documentation.

Gilbert F. White Fellowships may not necessarily be issued in each academic year.


Gilbert F. White Fellows are normally in residence at RFF for 11 months.


Gilbert F. White Fellows receive an annual stipend based on their current salary and also receive research support, office facilities at RFF, and an allowance of up to $1,000 for moving or living expenses. This stipend may be supplemented by other sources if the supplement does not divert the fellow from his or her research.

Typically, Gilbert F. White Fellows have sabbatical support from their home institutions. Gilbert F. White Fellowships do not provide medical insurance or other RFF fringe benefits. Social Security and tax payments are not deducted from the stipend.


Applications are received throughout the year. If you are interested in submitting an application or learning more about eligibility, please specify introduce yourself and your research in an initial email inquiry to discuss whether your proposed research project is well-aligned with RFF’s priorities for the Energy and Climate Program or the Land, Water, and Nature Program. If appropriate, a phone call or meeting may be scheduled.