Program Overview

The Environmental Fellows Program as the following components:

  • a paid, 12-week internship (May-August)
    • Students are usually placed in mainstream environmental organizations, nonprofits, social justice organizations, philanthropic organizations, environmental media outlets, policy think tanks, governmental institutions, or grassroots environmental organizations.
  • a three-day orientation at the University of Michigan (late May)
  • attendance to the Environmental Grantmakers Association’s annual Fall retreat (late September)

After completing the program, alumni are invited to attend the New Horizons in Conservation Conference. This annual conference is held in late April in places like Washington, D.C. and Chicago.


To learn about what past scholars have done by reading their internship reflections:

Fellow Reflections


Accepted students will receive a base stipend of $11,000 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 Fall Retreat will be covered by the Environmental Fellows Program and EGA partnership.


Program Expectations

During the fellowship, host site mentors will meet regularly with fellows to discuss work progress. Over the course of the program, fellows are expected to:

  • complete the pre- and post-program evaluations,
  • produce biweekly journal entries,
  • write blog posts,
  • conduct at least one informational interview,
  • participate in program webinars,
  • fulfill the requirements of their host sites,
  • write a short paragraph for the EGA Journal,
  • participate and engage in the EGA Fall Retreat.

Important Dates

2019 Application Dates: 

  • November 12, 2018 – Applications open
  • January 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time – Applications close
  • March 2019 – Notifications and preliminary interviews
  • April – Final organization match

2019 Program Dates: 

  • May 12 – 15, 2019 – Orientation at the University of Michigan
  • May 1 – August 31, 2019 – Internship
  • September 21-25, 2019 in Napa California – Environmental Grantmakers Association Retreat

For inquiries regarding the Environmental Fellows Program please call: 734-936-0900 or email: