Applications for our 2021 Annual Organizing Fellowship are now open! Apply by February 7th!
What is the Divest Ed Organizing Fellowship?
Our summer Organizing Fellowship provides deep leadership development, mentorship, and community for a dedicated cohort of student divestment organizers who will build impactful and sustainable divestment campaigns. This intensive program is for student climate and divestment organizers who want to grow their organizing skills, deepen their commitment to the climate movement, and cultivate connections with other students across the nation.
What would I gain from participating in the fellowship?
- Training in fundamental campaign strategy, organizing, community building, and leadership skills
- Relationships with other student organizers from across the continent
- Intimate lectures and trainings from organizers and visionaries
- Opportunities for personal growth, like investigating and challenging internalized white supremacy and expanding class consciousness
- Direct Divest Ed staff support in the form of personal mentorship as a young organizer, guidance on your campaign, and peer support among the fellowship cohort
Who is the fellowship for?
- Current students (attending a 4 year university, community college, trade school, or other form of schooling) in the United States, and who will still be a student in Fall 2021
- Students involved in divestment campaigns on their campuses or another climate-related campaign that addresses a campus-based target. (Unsure if your campaign qualifies? Please contact us at [email protected])
- Students who are newer to organizing, may not have leadership positions in their campaigns yet, and/or are looking to “level up” their organizing. First- and second-year students are especially encouraged to apply!
- Students who are passionate about developing a national climate movement through mentorship and relationship building
What are the fellowship requirements?
- Commit to participating in the program for the summer (June 28th- August 13th, 21 hours/week)
- Commit to building relationships with other fellows
- Commit to building your campaign (and preferably, the national movement) for the summer and Fall 2021 semester
Where is the fellowship located?
The entire fellowship is online and remote. Time commitment is about 21 hours per week. Exceptions to the work schedule may be made on a case-by-case basis. The exact hours are subject to change, but are likely to be: Mondays and Wednesdays: 12-5:45PM EST and Thursdays: 1-5:45PM EST.
What are the selection criteria?
We will select applicants based on the following (these are not strict requirements):
- Ability to commit to all dates and program requirements
- Quality of application
- Demonstrated enthusiasm for climate and/or social justice movements
- Knowledge and practice of an intersectional vision for climate justice
- Commitment to working on campus organizing beyond the summer
- Interest in divestment and/or other climate-related campaigns
I do not fulfill all of the eligibility or fellowship requirements. Can I still apply?
Yes, you can still apply. However, we will prioritize applicants who do fulfill all of the requirements, and you will likely be placed on a waitlist.
How many people per campus should participate?
We will likely accept 1-2 students per campus in the 2021 fellowship cohort. If there are multiple students from your campus campaign who are interested in applying, we encourage everyone to apply with the expectations that not all the applicants will be chosen. Although we will be training individuals, we will coach you on how to maintain contact with your campaign throughout the summer, and will spend the last few weeks of the program thinking through plans to share knowledge with your campaign. Campaign coaching with the Divest Ed Organizers is available to all fellows for Fall 2021 and beyond.
How soon will I find out if I am accepted?
All applicants will be notified on the status of their application by Friday, March 5th.
Does it cost money to participate in the fellowship?
No, there is no fee to participate.
Is there financial support for fellows?
Yes! This is a paid fellowship. Each fellow will receive a $3,500 stipend for the summer, paid in two payments during the program.
How do I apply?
The application form can be found here: https://forms.gle/KR523WqxoV3Hp6r46
Submission of this form is the entirety of the application. You do not need to provide a resume or cover letter. You may be asked for a phone interview for clarifying questions. The final deadline to apply is 11:59pm ET on Sunday, February 7th.