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The Environmental Fellows Program (EFP) at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE), in partnership with the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), is a 12-week summer fellowship opportunity that seeks to diversify the environmental field by cultivating the career aspirations of master’s and doctoral students from historically underrepresented groups by connecting students to work opportunities in environmental nonprofits, grant makers, and government sectors.

This program arose out of a collaboration between University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability, the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), and the C.S. Mott Foundation. The collaborators recognized the need for a program to identify and train diverse students to work in environmental and philanthropic sectors. This fellowship is supported by several philanthropic organizations.

The Environmental Fellows Program is looking for future leaders and decision-makers in the rapidly changing fields of conservation, justice, equity, and philanthropy. We are looking for graduate students who:

  • want to broaden their environmental knowledge and perspectives;
  • want to build their leadership and communication skills;
  • who want to gain valuable work experience;
  • are passionate about diversifying the environmental field;
  • are committed to supporting and advocating for the principles of equity and inclusion;
  • are interested in learning about environmental grantmaking and its impacts on local, national, and international environmental work;
  • want to be a part of an emerging network.

The Environmental Fellows Program has the following components:

  • a paid, 12-week internship (May-August)
    • Students are usually placed in mainstream environmental organizations, nonprofits, social justice organizations, philanthropic organizations, environmental media outlets, policy think tanks, governmental institutions, or grassroots environmental organizations.
  • a five-day orientation at the University of Michigan (late May)
  • NEW this year! A three-day, all Fellow, mid-summer skills workshop at the University of Michigan
  • attendance to the Environmental Grantmakers Association’s annual Fall retreat (late September)

After completing the program, alumni are invited to attend the New Horizons in Conservation Conference. This annual conference is held in late April in places like Washington, D.C. and Chicago.


Accepted students will receive a base stipend of $11,000 paid in regular disbursements throughout the summer, as well as a small travel award for travel required as part of the fellowship. Travel to the Environmental Grantmakers Fall Retreat will be covered by the Environmental Fellows Program and EGA partnership.

Program Expectations

During the fellowship, host site mentors will meet regularly with fellows to discuss work progress. Over the course of the program, fellows are expected to:

  • complete the pre- and post-program evaluations,
  • produce biweekly journal entries,
  • write blog posts,
  • conduct at least one informational interview,
  • participate in program webinars,
  • fulfill the requirements of their host sites,
  • write a short paragraph for the EGA Journal,
  • participate and engage in the EGA Fall Retreat.