The Future Rising Fellowship supports young leaders working at the intersection of climate and gender justice. The year-long program is designed to build Fellows’ leadership and storytelling skills, and connects them with a growing global network of changemakers.
Fellows are carefully selected from an international pool of exceptional individuals who demonstrate a deep commitment to environmental justice and gender equity. They come from diverse backgrounds and bring unique expertise and a shared dedication to building a just and sustainable future.
Fellows’ narrative projects in the 2023 Cohort must relate to Girls and Women in Conservation or Local Solutions.
What do we mean by ‘Girls and Women in Conservation?’
All over the world, girls and women are innovating and implementing new practices of conservation, or rejuvenating and sustaining time-tested indigenous practices. When women take part in managing natural resources and conservation efforts, there is an increase in collaboration, solidarity and conflict resolution. A growing body of evidence shows that when women and girls participate in conservation programs, there are improved outcomes and more equitable benefits for all. Collaboration, solidarity and conflict resolution all increase. Therefore, the 2023 Future Rising Fellowship seeks to support young leaders working on conservation projects with a gender equity lens, AND/OR young storytellers working on a project that tells a story about girls and women leading in conservation.
What do we mean by ‘local solutions?’
Climate change is a global phenomenon but its impacts are local. The solutions to climate change must therefore be local as well in order to meet the needs of specific environments and people.
We are interested in supporting projects about local initiatives, innovations, and projects by, for or about girls and women, that are intended to address the needs of a specific community (urban or rural) and its population AND/OR young storytellers working on a story about local solutions that are by, for or about girls and women or gender justice in a local community
Fellows receive a stipend of 5,000 USD and participate in a year-long program of leadership development, storytelling workshops, professional development, and creative enrichment with access to advisors and experts including journalists, educators, advocates, filmmakers, artists, academics, authors, and climate scientists.
Fellows work collaboratively as a cohort in group workshops and professional development opportunities and also work individually with the Future Rising team to produce their narrative projects. These projects may be fiction or nonfiction and may be in any medium. In the past, Fellows have created short films, podcasts, graphic novels, animations, photo essays, and long-form articles, all centered around issues of gender equity and environmental justice. You can see a sampling of past projects here.
The Future Rising Fellowship Program supports individuals ages 17-25 working to address critical issues at the intersection of climate and gender justice and wish to use storytelling to advance their work.
Applications close 11.59AM US Eastern Standard Time, JUNE 19TH, 2023
Interviews with qualifying candidates will take place via zoom in July 2023
Announcements for the selected Fellows will be in August 2023
You must apply by completing the application form, answering all the questions, and uploading work samples. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
You can register on Eventbrite to attend either one of our Virtual info sessions:
For more details visit: Girl Rising website.