Our Organizing Fellowship

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ANNOUNCEMENT: There will be a Fellowship Info Call on Monday, November 19th at 7:30PM ET. Register here

Our national year-long Organizing Fellowship provides deep leadership development and mentorship for a dedicated cohort of student divestment organizers.

Fellows will grow the political analysis and technical organizing skills that they need to excel in their organizing on campus and throughout the rest of their lives in the broader movement.

About the Fellowship

The Organizing Fellowship is a national student leadership development program that provides trainings to student divestment organizers for their campus campaigns. The program is a year-long commitment from January-December 2019 and involves two week-long retreats, weekly calls, and monthly group coaching from Divest Ed staff. The fellowship is digital, aside from the retreats, so students can participate from wherever they are based. Students must apply to participate.

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As trainers committed to organizing at the intersections of climate justice, we seek to ground the fellowship curriculum and our coaching support in the principles and practice of anti-oppression.

By the end of the fellowship, fellows will have all the basic skills necessary to run a campus campaign — campaign strategy, facilitation, negotiation, action planning, movement theory, investment literacy, etc. — as well as deep connections with students at other campuses that will outlast their college years.

Fellowship Structure

UPDATE: The January Fellowship Retreat will now be hosted over the MLK Holiday Weekend - beginning the evening of Friday January 18th, and closing the evening of Monday January 21st. The Retreat will NOT take place on the originally posted dates of January 3-6th. Please reach out to Rachel Schlueter, rachel@betterfutureproject.org, with any questions or concerns.

For more details, read our FAQs.

  • Students apply in Fall 2018 and are accepted by December 2018. Fellows participate for the spring, summer, and fall from January-December 2019.
  • A minimum of 2 students per campus must apply to participate.
  • Fellows will attend a 3-day training retreat from January 18th-21st (MLK Holiday Weekend) and a 5-day training retreat from June 9th-13th to get trained and build relationships. There will not be an in-person retreat in the fall.
  • During the spring and fall, Fellows attend regular digital training calls and receive monthly campaign coaching with our Campus Organizers.
  • During the summer, Fellows have the option to participate in our in-person Boston summer program!
  • We view climate justice through the lens of race, gender, class, and the history of the United States. Fellows will be expected to unpack and apply anti-oppression into their campus organizing.

Who should apply?

  • Current undergraduate students attending school at college in the United States, who will still be in school in Fall 2019.
  • Students involved in fossil fuel divestment campaigns on their campuses.
    • Are you involved in a different divestment campaign and interested in the Fellowship? We may be able to accommodate you! Please contact Rachel Schlueter at rachel@betterfutureproject.org. While the focus is on fossil fuel divestment campaigns, many of the skills are applicable to other divestment campaigns.  
  • Students who are newer to organizing, may not have leadership positions in their campaigns yet, and/or are looking to “level up” their organizing. First- and second-years are especially encouraged to apply!
  • Students who are passionate about developing a national climate movement through mentorship and relationship building.
  • Students who identify as people of color, indigenous, first generation, low-income, LGB, trans, nonbinary, or disabled, and students who come from communities currently impacted by climate and environmental injustice. Because Divest Ed aims to have the divestment movement be represented by those first and worst impacted by climate change, the fellowship will prioritize students who share such marginalized identities and experiences.

Ready to apply?

First, read through all our FAQs. Then apply by filling out the application below! Note the application timeline below:   

  • Early Bird Application Deadline: Monday 11/12
  • Early Bird Applicants Notified: Wednesday 11/14
  • Fellowship Info Call (register here): Monday 11/19, 7:30PM ET
  • Deadline for accepted Early Bird Applicants to confirm participation: Wednesday 11/21
  • Final Application Deadline: Wednesday 11/28
  • Final Applicants Notified: Friday 11/30
  • Deadline for accepted Final Applicants to confirm participation: Friday 12/07  

We encourage each divestment campaign to bring the Organizing Fellowship opportunity to the whole group, and fostering community support for the two student organizers who will apply. Feel free to print and share our Divest Ed Organizing Fellowship 1-Pager at your next general meeting! 

QUESTIONS? Please contact Rachel Schlueter, Campus Organizer, at rachel@betterfutureproject.org.


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