Program Overview

The Environmental Fellows Program places accepted students in one of our current supporting foundations for a paid, 12-week (approximately 32 hours per week) fellowship program. Programs orientation takes place in late May, placements run from May-August (depending on students' academic calendars) and the EGA Retreat takes place in late September.

Most Fellows are placed with one of our partner philanthropic organizations, while some may have the opportunity to be placed in an NGO funded by one of our partners. Current partner foundations and organizations include, but are not limited to, the Environmental Grantmakers Association and their member organizations. Current placement locations are in Michigan, New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, and San Francisco/Oakland. Other locations TBA. We may also place Fellows in one of our partner’s grantee organizations.

Fellows will attend a 3-4 day career development and diversity training workshop on the University of Michigan Campus prior to the start of the program. For 2018 the program orientation is schedule from May 20-23. During the fellowships, host sites will provide Fellows with a project that addresses a need of the organization; utilizes Fellows' current knowledge and helps them develop new skills. At the conclusion of the fellowship, Fellows may be invited to attend the Environmental Grantmakers Association Annual Retreat, where Fellows may engage with each other and network with leading environmental funders from across the U.S.


During the fellowship, site mentors will meet regularly with Fellows to discuss work progress. Over the course of the Program, some expectations for the Fellows include: bi-weekly online journals; blog posts, informational interviews, attending webinars, and program evaluation forms. Other requirements vary by host site. 


Accepted students will receive a $10,000 stipend 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 Retreat will be covered by the Environmental Fellows Program and EGA partnership .

Past Projects

Past EFP projects include, but are not limited to,:

  • Climate change related to resilience, regional planning and protecting front line communities.
  • Examining connections between foundations social and environmental programs.
  • Wildlife habitat protection and wildlife corridor development.
  • Public education regarding the effects of climate change on health.
  • Collaborating with grantees to build capacity.
  • Building systems approaches to sustainable agriculture.
  • Renewable energy sources.
  • Human rights as related to environmental degradation.
  • Sustainable agriculture and food systems.
  • Assisting with strategic planning on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Outreach and learning on building collaborations for philanthropy