Utom Conservation Fund Fellowship – 2024/2025

The 2024-2025 Application Process is now open.


The Utom Conservation Fund is managed by a consortium of groups* that are dedicated to protecting the Utom River and its watershed in southern California. We are passionate about the region, its wildlife, culture, botany and waters. In an effort to further protections and interest for this remarkable landscape we are dedicating a portion of our funds to graduate students that share our passion for the natural world and the cultural integrity of the area.  4 grants in the amount of $12,500 will be awarded. 


Fellowships are available to the following individuals: 

  • Must be attending an accredited college or university and enrolled in a master or PhD degree program (out of state accepted) 
  • Project or research must be specific to the Utom River Watershed 
  • Project or research must fall under one of the following categories: Cultural; wildlife; water quality; botany 
  • Special consideration will be given to tribal members (including unrecognized tribes) 

Submission Process/Guidelines:  

  • Completed application form 
  • Two letters of recommendation/reference:
    • Letter of recommendation from member of your current academic institution stating their support of your work 
    • Letter of reference from academic staff confirming your enrollment in your current academic institution. 
  • Resume or C.V. 
  • Optional: If you wish to submit a video describing your interest in the environment you may include that is well. (1 minute or less). Please upload to YouTube (unlisted) and include a link with your application.   
  • Submission open: June 1st, 2024
  • Submission deadline: September 1st, 2024; Fellowship award participants will be notified on or around October 15th, 2024 – APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW CLOSED
  • For questions/more information please email: [email protected] or call 310.770.0665. 

*Consortium groups: California Native Plant Society, Center for Biological Diversity, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and the Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation