Planet Forward Frontline Climate Fellowship

The Planet Forward Frontline Climate Fellowship is seeking six unique, highly diverse college students to report environmental stories from, by, and about underserved communities on the front lines of climate change and environmental inequity.

Planet Forward Frontline Climate Fellowship
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Within the Fellowship, students will work in an intensive collegiate environment to create a video, multimedia presentation, photo essay, or written story from and about their community. Fellows will be rigorously mentored and coached on career trajectory and professional networking as they research, develop, and publish their work over six weeks at George Washington University hosted by Planet Forward.

Student work will focus on how issues of environmental justice, gender, and equity take on new urgency in the context of climate change and its impact on life in frontline communities. While revealing the special challenges and inequities that these communities confront, the stories also will shine a spotlight on local leaders and innovators who are pushing the boundaries, seeking solutions, and demanding action. These will be stories of challenge and resilience, injustice, and invention that connect students to their communities through on-the-ground reporting and research, and will provide important visibility for communities that are too often marginalized or ignored. 

Held from June 10-July 19, the first week of programming will be in person at GW in Washington, D.C., followed by five weeks of full-time remote reporting, which includes weekly team meetings and mentoring from the Fellowship editorial team. 

Fellows will be awarded a $5,000 stipend, room and board for one week at GW, and — if needed — flights to and from D.C. for that week.

This Fellowship has been made possible by a Genius Grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation.

Meet the Mentors

Jesse J. Holland

Director of the Planet Forward Frontline Climate Fellowship | George Washington University

Eva Kotobuki Sideris

Program Coordinator/Senior Producer | Planet Forward Frontline Fellowship