Research Associates/Fellowships

The Wyss Scholars Program

The Wyss Foundation is a private, charitable foundation dedicated to land conservation. The Wyss Scholars Program supports the graduate-level education of a new generation of leaders in U.S. land conservation. Wyss Scholars learn the latest in conservation law and policy and apply that knowledge in careers at land management agencies and nonprofit conservation groups. Wyss Scholarships are awarded to students currently enrolled at one of the six host schools.

One Wyss Scholar will be selected each year on the basis of leadership potential, commitment to furthering U.S. land conservation, commitment to pursuing a career in nonprofit or public sector conservation, financial need, and academic strength.  All students interested in  land conservation and sustainability issues are encouraged to apply.


All current 2L J.D. candidates at the University of Colorado Law School are eligible to apply. One Law School student will be selected each year to the Wyss Scholars program.

Both 1L and 2L students interested in the program are encouraged to attend the upcoming information sessions noted below.

Program Overview, Benefits, and Application Process Available Here

The Wyss Foundation Scholar Site

The current application period is now open through Friday, January 14, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Information Sessions

The GWC will host three information sessions to provide an overview of the program and answer questions about the application process, examples of summer internships, and expectations post-graduation.  These sessions will be hosted remotely over Zoom.

Wednesday, November 17th 12:00-1:00 pm

All interested 2Ls for the current cohort and 1Ls interested in a future cohort are encouraged to attend an information session.

Contact Information

For further information, please feel free to contact GWC Deputy Director, Shaun LaBarre at or 303-492-1286  

The David Harrison Innovations in Water and Energy Law & Policy Fellowship

Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and its severe impacts are unprecedented in both speed and scale. Without strategic action in the very near-term, meaningful mitigation will become more difficult, expensive and elusive. Insufficient action will leave our most vulnerable populations facing the greatest risk. The Innovations in Water and Energy Law & Policy Fellowship is intended to provide interested students at the University of Colorado Law School an opportunity to understand two crucial components of a sustainable future – water and energy governance – and the nexus between them.

The Innovations in Water and Energy Law & Policy Fellowship, initiated in 2010 by partners of the law firm of Moses, Wittemyer, Harrison and Woodruff, P.C. in honor David L. Harrison (Law ‘71), is awarded each year to a Colorado Law student on the basis of academic performance, commitment to public service, and interest in the study of water and energy law and policy. To the extent practicable, each Harrison Fellow will focus on a specific project where the partner organization is advancing innovative solutions for sustainable management of water or related energy resources outside the United States.

Harrison Fellows will serve for no less than eight (8) weeks during the summer with a qualifying organization and will be provided a stipend as set forth below. The Fellow will produce a report on the relevant subject matter, where permitted by the host organization, and present the results of their work at a seminar hosted by the GWC.

Eligible Colorado Law students may apply for Harrison Fellowship funding for summer unpaid or underpaid internships (less than $500 per week) with a qualifying organization (a 501c3 or other non-governmental organization), involved in international conservation, water and/or related energy issues. Organizations may not use the availability of the stipend to eliminate or reduce originally offered or attached compensation.


The summer Fellowship will be open to currently enrolled University of Colorado Law School students who will continue to be Colorado Law students returning in the fall, including current 1L, 2L, and LLM students.

Program Overview, Benefits, and Application Process Available Here

The current application period is now open through Friday, February 25, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Contact Information

For further information, please feel free to contact GWC Deputy Director, Shaun LaBarre at or 303-492-1286  

The Roger Klein Scholarship in Water Law

Established on November 4, 2011, at the Weld Community Foundation by his friends and colleagues, the Roger Klein Scholarship is awarded to a second or third year student who demonstrates an interest and aptitude in water law.  Roger Klein (’67) served for many years as the Judge of Water Court Division One.

Students must submit a cover letter indicating they are applying for the Roger Klein Scholarship, enclosing a resume, current transcript and essay indicating why they are deserving of the scholarship directly to:

Rand E. Morgan, President
Weld Community Foundation
2425 35th Ave., Ste. 201
Greeley, CO  80634

The current application period is now closed.

General Scholarship and Fellowship Information

Information on Colorado Law Scholarship and Fellowship opportunities can be found at the link below:

Scholarships and Fellowships

Getches-Wilkinson Law Fellows Program








Getches-Wilkinson Water Law Fellows
We are pleased to announce we have completed a national search for the inaugural pair of Getches-Wilkinson Water Law Fellows.

The Getches-Wilkinson Water Fellows program was initiated by a generous donation from David Bonderman – a lawyer, businessman, and significant supporter of conservation efforts. The matching funds came from an anonymous GWC supporter as well as the Water Funder Initiative – a collaborative effort to identify and activate promising water solutions through strategic philanthropic investments in the United States, starting in the West.

The intensive two-year program will immerse the two Fellows in the real world challenges of water law and policy. They will address critical issues affecting western watersheds, conduct reform-oriented research on pressing issues in the field, and interact with public and private sector leaders to inform policymaking. The Fellows will be actively engaged in water law reform in the public interest and will hone their leadership, communication, advocacy, and research skills. The overarching objective is to create a matchless educational and mentoring experience that will prepare the Fellows to become leaders in the field. 

Welcome to our inaugural Getches-Wilkinson Water Law Fellows

Chelsea Colwyn

Chelsea Colwyn fell in love with rivers the first time she went rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado. Since then, she has turned her love for rivers into an academic and career focus. Chelsea has worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Adelaide, South Australia, studying environmental water buybacks, a Research Fellow with Vermont Law School’s Water and Justice Program, studying the history of the US Forest Service and California water law, a Hansard Society Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, studying England’s privatized water sector, and for American Rivers. She currently works as a tribal staff attorney, and teaches a public land management summer law course. Chelsea graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004, earned a master’s in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School in 2011, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2018, where she was selected as a Wyss Scholar for western conservation. In her free time, she loves being outdoors with her husband and two young daughters.

Jaime Garcia

Jaime Garcia is excited to join the Getches-Wilkinson Center as one of its newest fellows. Prior to accepting this position, Mr. Garcia was working as a litigation attorney for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in Austin, Texas. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and received his law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Mr. Garcia is also an adjunct faculty member for Wake Forest’s Masters in the Studies of Law program. He is excited to bring his experience and passion for preserving our natural resources to this fellowship. His love of outdoor pursuits drives his support and passion for increasing access and conservation of public lands and waters. When not practicing law, Mr. Garcia enjoys hiking and kayaking with his wife and their three dogs. In addition to their own dogs, he and his wife foster for local animal rescues.

For more information, contact Shaun LaBarre at or 303.492.1286.

Colorado Law Students

The Getches-Wilkinson Center regularly hires current law students as Research Assistants and Student Fellows to be assigned to specific ongoing projects under the Center. Research Assistants/Fellows gain greater understanding of environmental law, as well as develop research and writing skills. For more information about positions for the, please e-mail us at