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Frederick J. Clarke Visiting Scholar Program

The Frederick J. Clarke Visiting Scholar Program was established in 2009 to provide scholars with the opportunity to help advise the Corps on important policy issues related to its environmental mission. The Corps of Engineers plays an increasingly important role in many of the most profound environmental issues faced by our nation's water resources. To continue to be effective in its mission, the Corps will need the advice of our nation's brightest scholars to ensure that these environmental issues are tackled with the utmost skill and understanding. Clarke Fellowships will therefore be awarded to researchers who have demonstrated scholarship in the areas of environmental quality and policy analysis in water resources planning.

Clarke Fellowship recipients will continue Lieutenant General Clarke's vision of ensuring that the best possible independent advice on environmental issues is provided to the Corps. As Chief of Engineers from 1969 to 1973, Lieutenant General Clarke was among the first heads of the Army Corps of Engineers to be faced with the concerns of the nascent environmental movement, which had been highly critical of the agency and its wetlands policy.

Following passage of the Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Lieutenant General Clarke established the Environmental Advisory Board (EAB), comprised of environmental leaders, as a means for the Chief to gain outside, expert and independent advice on environmental issues facing the Corps. This board continues to serve the Corps by providing expert and independent advice. It has become a vehicle of communication to reach out and build partnerships, understanding and cooperation with the environmental community and public at large.

IWR  named one of its visiting scholar programs after Lieutenant General Clarke because of his efforts in improving the Corps’ ability to address environmental issues while enhancing mutual understanding and confidence between the Corps and both the general public and conservation community.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted from interested scholars who wish to work with IWR to help advise the Corps on important policy issues related to its environmental mission. For more information about the application process, please contact the program manager.