National Wildlife Federation Student Innovative Policy Memo Contest Deadline June 30

National Wildlife Federation is excited to offer awards that recognize undergraduate or graduate students over the age of 18 who develop innovative recommendations for state and local policies that can help improve water quality and/or the resilience of communities to flooding through nature-based approaches. Nature-based solutions include conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, such as healthy wetlands, floodplains, and forests, as well as employing engineered systems designed to mimic natural system functions. The area of geographic interest is the Mississippi River mainstem states including overlapping Tribal and Indigenous lands and waters (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana).

Award: 1st Prize: $5,000; 2nd Prize: $2,500; 3rd Prize: $1,000. Winners will be announced in July 2023. Winners also may have an opportunity to present their idea virtually to National Wildlife Federation staff and could have their ideas developed into policy platforms.

Details at: NWF Student Memo Competition 2023

NWF Policy Memo Contest Official Rules 5-22-23

How to Apply:

  • Memo must be between 800-1000 words, not including references.
  • Entries must be submitted by email in .pdf or .doc form, and may only be submitted once.
  • Submit entries by email to by June 30th, 2023.