The 2014 Fossil Free Fellowship will provide extensive training and support to a diverse group of 30 students for 10 weeks this summer, to gain hands-on experience in climate organizing by working across the US with 350.org and local partner-organizations’ projects.
- Spend your summer from June 2 – August 8 organizing to fight climate change and the fossil fuel infrastructure.
- Fellowship kicks off with a fun and intensive week-long training with 350.org staff and partners.
- Connect with other student leaders from across the country.
- Participate in bi-monthly webinars to continue building fundamental organizing skills.
- Get paid to work on awesome projects with 350.org and local organizations; responsibilities are likely to take about 20 hours/week.
We are working to provide all fellows a productive, inspiring and unforgettable summer opportunity so students return to campus armed with more skills and experiences to help them win their campus divestment/climate campaigns. We aim for all fellows to gain experiences in:
- Project planning and implementation
- Planning or attending an action
- Working with partner organizations
- Working with new and traditional media
- Time management
- Organizing grounded in an anti-oppression lens
We’re looking for:
- Commitment to working on climate issues
- Interest in sharing skills and experiences with the larger youth climate movement
- Willingness to learn
- Accountability and responsibility for your work and project
- Current students- undergraduates and graduates; a few openings for 2014 undergrad graduates available
- Application open: January 27, 2014- February 21, 2014
- Notification of Interview: February 28,2014
- Interview: February 28, 2014-March 15,2014
- Notification of Acceptance and Placement: March 22, 2014
- Fossil Free Fellows finalized March 28th
Still unsure if the Fossil Free Fellowship is for you? Check out what Fellows from 2013 had to say!
“The main highlight of the fossil free fellowship was being able to meet incredible students all over the country who are working passionately on environmental and social justice causes. We were really able to foster a strong divestment community that will continue on throughout our campaigns on and off campus.”- Gianna Chacon
“Organizing a direct action against Keystone XL was a highlight of my summer. Watching as 55 brave individuals held a sit-in, thereby risking arrest, was incredibly inspiring. Most memorable was the stoic senior citizen who, after being informed that she was under arrest, marched from the protest to the police van–using a walker!”-Michael Greenberg
“Holding a sheet sign reading “Ban Injection Wells” in a driveway blocking an injection well site with about 100 other people on July 29, was one of the most amazing feelings in the world. The temperature was just right and our action was heating up as part of 350.org’s Summer Heat Actions. Friends, Families, Neighbors, Strangers… all gathered together and successfully blocked an injection well for almost two hours. Cars passed by, people honked in agreement, and police stopped to access the scene, but for the first time I participated in Non-Violent Direct Action. I was part of an action where people stepped out of their comfort zones and united to ban fracking in Ohio.”- Carlie Vaughn
“The GROW NYC meet-up was an incredible experience, bringing together people from different ages, backgrounds, and organizations. 30 people in one room for 3 hours, learning about coalition-building and planning next steps for future collaboration. We even sang together! It was a beautiful feeling to be part of this project.” -Costanza Maio
Apply today! We can’t wait to meet you!