Our 2020 Summer Organizing Fellowship

Applications for our 2020 Summer Organizing Fellowship are now open! Read the FAQs and apply by March 8th!

About the Fellowship

Our national summer organizing fellowship is a leadership development program for college student fossil fuel divestment organizers who want to grow their organizing skills, deepen their commitment to climate justice, and cultivate connections with other students across the country.

We are committed to organizing at the intersections of climate justice, and we seek to ground the fellowship in the principles and practice of anti-oppression.

By the end of the fellowship, fellows will have all the basic skills necessary to run a campus campaign — campaign strategy, facilitation, negotiation, action planning, movement theory, investment literacy, etc. — as well as deep connections with students at other campuses that will outlast their college years.

Program Details

  • Free! There is no fee to participate. 
  • Fellows begin by attending a Kickoff Training Retreat from June 15th-19th.  
  • Fellows work in our office in Cambridge, MA for 3 days a week (21 hours per week) from June 25th-August 13th.
  • Free housing is available for any fellow who is not local, with gratitude to 350 Mass and other supportive community members who are offering an open room in their homes.
  • Fellows can receive a stipend of up to $250/week (up to $2,000 total). We also offer travel assistance for the retreat and additional financial assistance based on need.
  • We view climate justice through the lens of race, gender, class, and the colonial and imperialist history of the United States. We aim to center anti-oppression in both our movement and campus organizing.

Who should apply?

● Students attending college in the United States who will be students in Fall 2020. First and second years are encouraged to apply!
● Students involved in fossil fuel divestment campaigns on their campuses.
Students who are new to organizing and may not have leadership positions in their campaign yet, but are ready to become more involved.
Students who are passionate about the national student divestment movement.
The Fellowship will intentionally prioritize students of backgrounds that need to be centered in the divestment movement, including black, indigenous, and people of color, poor and working class people, people from communities directly impacted by climate change, environmental injustice, and fossil fuel extraction, people with disabilities, immigrants, and women, trans, and nonbinary folks.

Ready to apply?

2019 June Fellowship Retreat Group Photo

  • Final application deadline: End of Sunday, March 8th
  • Applicants notified of status: Friday, March 13th
  • Deadline for accepted applicants to confirm participation: Friday, March 20th

First, read through all our FAQs.

Then, fill out the application here!

We encourage each divestment campaign to collectively discuss this Fellowship and who should apply. Feel free to print and share our Divest Ed Organizing Fellowship 1-Pager at your next general meeting! 

QUESTIONS? Please contact Rachel Schlueter, Campus Organizer, at rachel@betterfutureproject.org.