If you want to make a big difference in your community — and maybe even the world — through activism, these fellowships are for you! Focused on environmental issues or social justice (and sometimes both!), these fellowships will allow activists to expand their outreach and grow as leaders. The opportunities they offer are very diverse. Some involve the completion of a master’s degree, while others make it possible for a fellow to implement his or her own activism project over the course of a year. Starting with the fellowships that have the broadest applicant pools, this list details fellowships that will give you the tools you need to be the change you want to see in the world!
The Roddenberry Fellowship is a 12-month program for activists from across the country who are working to protect the most vulnerable and to make the US a more inclusive and equitable place to live. Twenty Fellows will be selected to receive $50,000 each, as well as tailored support, to help implement a project or initiative in one of four areas: civil rights, climate change and environmental justice, immigration and refugee rights, and LGBTQIA and women’s rights. Fellows are free to try different approaches to achieve impact and the organization provides 1-on-1 coaching as well as other mentoring resources.
In conjunction with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Altshuler Berzon LLP has a one-year environmental fellowship program. A major portion of the fellow’s time is spent working on cases brought jointly by NRDC and Altshuler Berzon enforcing federal and state environmental statutes primarily involving western water issues, including endangered species protection, ecosystem restoration and water policy reform. Other responsibilities include working on environmental, labor law and other cases for both NRDC and the Altshuler Berzon firm. NRDC is a non-profit environmental organization with more than 1 million members and online activists.
The HIA Fellowship programs bring together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. This 5-week summer fellowship in Europe is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, and activists. Eligible applicants are students and recent graduates (including international students) of universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and the United States. HIA covers the costs of participation and accommodation. Deadlines vary by country.
The mission of Green Corps is to recruit and train organizers, provide field support for today’s critical environmental campaigns, and graduate activists who possess the skills, temperament and commitment needed to fight and win tomorrow’s environmental battles. Green Corps’ one-year, full-time, paid Field School for Environmental Organizing includes intensive classroom training, hands-on field experience running urgent environmental campaigns, and career placement in positions with leading environmental groups. The salary for this position is $25,000.
The Baltimore Community Fellowships program seeks dynamic activists and social entrepreneurs interested in implementing projects that address problems in underserved communities in Baltimore city. Fellowship awards are in the amount of $60,000 over 18 months. Fellowships are for initiatives that take place in Baltimore City. Applicants may come from any field, including—but not limited to—business, management, the arts, law, medicine, education, architecture, and engineering. Individuals from underserved communities and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
We provide fellowship programs that are open to all young peace activists who believe that inner peace + outer peace = sustainable world peace. Include venues in Latin America, Asia Pacific, Central America and the Carribean, Europe, Africa and the Middle East and North Africa. The fellowship offers a 2-week intensive training program. The fellowship includes: full or partial sponsoring of airfare, accommodation, catering, local transportation, and meditation retreat fee. Candidates should be 20-32 years old at the time of submitting the application in order to receive the airfare support. Multiple programs – check website for deadlines.
The Soros Justice Youth Activist Fellowships, in partnership with the Open Society Youth Exchange, support outstanding individuals aged 18 to 25 to take on projects of their own design that address some aspect of the U.S. criminal justice system. Projects can range from public education and training to grassroots organizing and policy advocacy to social media campaigns and other forms of creative communications. Youth Activist Fellowships must be undertaken in partnership with a host organization. Projects can be full-time or part-time, 12 or 18 months. Provided an award of $52,500 for full-time, 18-month projects (the award is pro-rated for part-time or 12-month projects), plus project-related expenses.
The Mercator – IPC Fellowship Program allows outstanding young academics, journalists and civil society activists especially but not exclusively from Germany to work on academic and practical projects at Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) in three thematic areas: EU/German-Turkish relations, Climate Change and Education. Mercator – IPC Fellowships are granted to young scholars and professionals and Mercator – IPC Senior Fellowships are granted to internationally renowned scholars who have already made a significant contribution to German-Turkish or European-Turkish relations. Fellowships are available for 6 to 12 months.
Through the Women’s Policy Institute, we teach women activists and grassroots organizations how to successfully navigate the California state legislature. The Women’s Policy Institute is a year-long program that includes four three-to-four-day experiential training retreats in Sacramento. During the program, Institute fellows work in teams to develop and implement specific policy advocacy projects of their choosing. Costs (meals, lodging and program materials) of Fellows participation in the Institute is fully subsidized by the Women’s Foundation of California, but travel expenses are borne by the fellows.
The Gleitsman Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School sponsors students who are emerging social activists and innovators who are interested in pursuing a career with transformative impact on society. Gleitsman Fellows will participate in an enriching co-curricular experience designed to enhance their skills and engage their development as the next generation of public leaders. The fellowship is for 2 years and includes tuition and health fees as well as leadership training co-curricular courses. Open to domestic and international applicants entering their first year at HKS.
The U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship is a game-changing opportunity for practitioners, scholars, and activists ready to lead the transformation of U.S. Latino and other underserved communities. The fellowship aims to create sustainable changes and innovative ideas to revolutionize local and national policies toward these communities while also giving the fellow networking opportunities and leadership training. The fellowship is open to all Harvard Kennedy School graduate degree programs and includes full tuition, health insurance and a $25K/year stipend for the duration of the degree.
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