Fellows at the Forefront

Spend your summer with a cohort of students, scholars, practitioners, and activists working on climate change and environmental justice!

Fellows at the Forefront is an innovative summer program where students, scholars, practitioners, and activists work together on some of the most pressing issues of our time. This year’s focus is on climate change and the environment.

Selected students will have the opportunity to spend 10 weeks with one of several community partner organizations focused on climate justice, public policy, and advocacy work or participate in faculty- led research. Students will also participate in a summer workshop led by Professor Dustin Tingley called "Climate Change and the Environment: Social, Political, and Economic Levers for a Just Transition.". Participants will receive a $5,000 stipend for 10 weeks of full-time work.

Students must apply via CARAT by March 28th at 11:59pm ET. Students will need to prepare the following:

  • One page statement of interest highlighting your skills, experiences, and interest in participating in Fellows at the Forefront. In your statement, we ask you to address your interest in sustainability, climate change, and/or climate justice efforts. Please highlight any relevant past internships, extracurricular activities, or coursework. Also, share how you intend to further explore these issues.
  • One page resume
  • Unofficial transcript (available at my.harvard.edu)
  • Contact information for 3 references
  • Indication of placement preference
    • Advocacy and organizing
    • Communications
    • Public policy/strategy
    • Research
    • No preference

We expect that all fellows will be confirmed by mid-April and the program will start in June 2021.

Note about Eligibility: If you are currently on leave but plan to re-enroll in the Fall 2021, you may participate in our programing.  If you plan to apply to one of our summer programs, reach out to your Resident Dean as soon as possible to request to be approved to return from leave. You must be approved to return from leave by the Ad Board before accepting our offer to participate. Students graduating in May 2021 are also eligible to apply.