Interested applicants are invited to apply for Rachel Carson Council Fellowship 2023. This is basically a project proposal. In your proposal, be sure to focus on highlighting how your project is related to environmental justice, sustainability, or the climate crisis.
Further, be sure to explain what drew you to this issue, why it is unique to your campus or community, and a basic outline of how you hope to achieve your goals. In addition to learning about your issue and your plan, we are interested in your background in environmental work, how the fellowship program will benefit you, why you feel deeply about your issue, and how it connects to the goals of the Rachel Carson Council.
In addition to the project proposal, students will also submit a resume and a letter of reference from a professor or faculty member from their campus.
Starting a divestment campaign on your campus? Resisting pipelines in your community? Developing an organic garden in your neighborhood? Reporting on a story of environmental injustice in your region? RCC wants to work with you!
Your proposal will be strengthened by reviewing the RCC website and especially the work and writing of previous RCC Fellows. Your project will grow out of the unique circumstances of your own college or university but is likely to use techniques and tactics like those used elsewhere. We value creative approaches to environmental and justice issues but also hope your project may stimulate similar ones and be replicable at other colleges even if tailored to meet their own unique circumstances. Projects can and have involved organizing campaigns on divestment and reinvestment, lobbying on coastal and ocean protection; the arts and communications such as a series of podcasts on factory farms, curriculum development, community engagement, climate, and environmental organizing, and network building with Black, and LGBT+ communities; and campus sustainability construction and education for solar installations, campus and community organic gardens, food pantries, and food insecurity.
Requirements, For this application you will need:
- A resume
- A letter of reference from a professor
- A written proposal detailing the issue you care about, the project you are proposing to address it, and how it relates more broadly to modern sustainability issues and the climate. No longer than three pages, please.
Successful RCC Fellowship applicants will demonstrate:
- Passion for environmental education, organizing or advocacy and that they have identified an issue they wish to work on.
- Strong academic performance with an emphasis on the environment in various disciplines or majors.
- Outstanding writing and research.
- Participation and leadership in campus environmental or related justice activities.
- Initiative and the capacity to perform creative problem-solving and deal with uncertainty.
- Appreciation for the mission, goals, and issues of the Rachel Carson Council and Rachel Carson’s legacy.
- A $2,000 stipend over the fellowship term
- Paid attendance at the Fellowship training, known as the American Environmental Leadership Institute
- National recognition as an RCC Fellow
- Experience in professional writing and opportunities to publish
- Training and mentorship from environmental
- professionals on the RCC staff
- Professional experience organizing and working for a national environmental non-profit
- Training in advocacy, organizing, and writing as well as mentorship under RCC staff
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