Program Overview

The Environmental Fellows Program places accepted students either in one of our current supporting foundations or with one of our supporting non-profit partners for a paid, 12-week (approximately 32 hours per week) fellowship program. Program 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.

Placements are determined based on the needs of our partner organizations and the preferences of the accepted students. Fellows are placed with one of our partner philanthropic organizations or with one of our partner’s grantee organizations. Grantee organizations include environmental non-profits and non-governmental organizations. Current placement locations are in Michigan; New York City, NY; Washington D.C.; Boston, MA; San Francisco/Oakland, CA; Virginia; Florida; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; Madison, WI; Pittsburgh, PA. 

Fellows will attend a 3-4 day career development and diversity training workshop at the University of Michigan prior to the start of the program. 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 will engage with each other and network with leading environmental professionals 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