Students Passionate About Environmental Justice Apply Now: the RCC Fellowship Program

Feb 23, 2022 • Views -

Sponsored by the Rachel Carson Council

About the RCC Fellowship Program

The RCC Fellowship Program is designed to identify outstanding students with a passion for environmental justice, sustainability, and advocacy and provide them with financial support to carry out valuable projects or campaigns on behalf of the RCC. To apply to the program, students propose their own projects that are focused on sustainability and environmental justice to be carried out on their campuses and in their communities. Individuals considering applying to the program may consider a wide variety of potential projects. Former fellows have run projects ranging from divestment campaigns to podcasts on environmental justice issues and campaigns for renewable energy infrastructure on their campuses.

Special consideration will be given to fellows applying in areas where the Rachel Carson Council has ongoing campaigns or work. These include, but are not limited to: divestment, renewable energy, particularly solar energy, and environmental justice. More information about RCC’s work can be found on our website.

RCC Fellows become nationally recognized environmental youth leaders. If accepted into the program, Fellows will become active members of the RCC national campus program with thousands of active faculty, students, staff, and administrators at 59 campuses. They will also benefit from the mentorship of longtime national climate and environmental advocate, expert, and author Dr. Robert K. Musil, and Associate Director Mackay Pierce an experienced campus organizer and environmental justice advocate.

RCC Fellows selected for 2022-2023 will also benefit from attending the RCC American Environmental Leadership Institute for 5 days from July 24-28, 2022. The AELI will be held at the Rockwood Manor Retreat Center adjacent to the C&O Canal National Park just outside Washington, DC, one of Rachel Carson’s favorite haunts for bird watching and enjoying nature.

Faculty for the AELI include Dr. Musil, RCC staff, and selected members of the RCC National Advisory Council, noted writers, environmental educators, organizers, and NGO leaders. You can see the RCC National Advisory Council here.

Read about our current fellows here.

How it works

Upon successfully developing a project proposal and being accepted into the Fellowship cohort, fellows will be invited to the 2022 summer RCC American Environmental Leadership Institute, taking place from July 24th – 28th. There, Fellows will develop project plans for the upcoming year, participate in training to hone their leadership, writing, advocacy, and organizing skills, meet their cohort, while also networking and learning from national environmental leaders on the RCC National Advisory Council.

Following completion of the fellows training, RCC Fellows will report to their campuses and begin their work for the academic year 2022 – 2023. Over the course of the year, RCC Fellows will hold monthly check-in calls with RCC staff and periodic calls with other members of the fellowship cohort to strategize and troubleshoot their projects.

During the year, Fellows will have the opportunity to publish writings about their work for the RCC to be shared on our website and distributed through our networks. Each Fellow will be responsible for at least three writings per semester. Fellows’ writing will support and document their projects, but may also include issues relevant to their work or the work of RCC. A critical component of the fellowship program, fellows will be able to hone their writing skills for a professional advocacy setting over the course of the year and receive mentorship on their work, as consistent with the rest of the program.

RCC Fellows will also develop critical contacts and experience, and upon completion of their term, join the RCC alumni network as they look forward to careers as engaged environmental leaders.

Benefits: 

All RCC Fellows receive a $2,000 stipend distributed throughout the academic year.

Opportunity to attend the RCC American Environmental Leadership Institute for 5 days from July 24-28, 2022.

Fellows receive mentorship and training from RCC Staff over the course of their Fellowship term, including the development of a work plan for their projects over the course of their term. 

Publish about projects through RCC networks

Eligibility: 

All undergraduate and graduate students attending US-based colleges and universities are eligible to apply. 

Application Deadline April 1st

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