Climate Futures Fellowship

Climate Futures Fellowship

The Climate Futures Fellowship is a year-long fellowship in collaboration with one of the Center’s partner organizations. Fellows receive payment on a contract basis for work on the project. Recent graduates have the opportunity to send in proposals based on their career goals, and the needs of the Center. The application for the 2021-22 is open! Apply here. For information on next year’s fellowships, or to discuss a potential project, email Daniel Bellerose at daniel.bellerose@emu.edu.

Our fellowship is a completely unique program; allowing you to create the fellowship you have always dreamed of. If you are interested in working in climate action, be it through photography, activism, storytelling, or research, and if you share values with the Anabaptist community, this is the fellowship for you!

The Fellowship is administratively based out of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA, but the proposed work can be based anywhere. Some suggestions based on the Center’s core partner offices are:

Your proposal can be a project in any number of disciplines, some suggestions are:

  • Research
  • Activism/advocacy
  • Finances/business
  • Storytelling
  • Photojournalism

The only requirements for the proposal are that they fit with the mission of the Center, work in some way with the Anabaptist community, and fit with the current programs that the Center is working with. Proposals will be considered that expand programs or work broadly in innovative solutions. You can apply for the Climate Futures Fellowship as an individual or as a team (two positions are available).

Why should I apply?

If you have a passion for action, and a desire to work for the future of the planet, and your career, there are so many reasons to apply!

  • Flexibility: Create a fellowship based on your career goals and your skills; don’t make your skills fit another position. Flexible, open applications allow you to exercise your creativity.
  • Innovation: Work with an organization that supports work from across the disciplinary spectrum in the Anabaptist community to create innovative climate solutions.
  • Support: With connections throughout the world of climate action, the staff at the Center can offer unparalleled support to your work throughout the duration of the fellowship.

If you have any questions about the Fellowship, or the application process, feel free to contact Student Programs Coordinator Daniel Bellerose at daniel.bellerose@emu.edu.

Current Climate Futures Fellows

Clara Weybright is “working with congregations across the United States to develop plans for faithful advocacy for climate change solutions.” Her work “includes researching grassroots and constituent advocacy strategies; I’m also coming to the end of conducting a survey of congregations across the U.S. The purpose of the survey is to gain a better understanding of congregations’ current relationships with advocacy. I’m so grateful for the thoughtful responses that folks from Nebraska to New York have shared with me.” 

Joseph Harder’s goal in the fellowship is goal is “to investigate expressions of relationship to the natural world in U.S. Mennonite hymnals, from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. I am hoping to develop an understanding of the annals of Mennonite ecotheology and the ideas that facilitated its development, then use this as a backdrop to shed light on the history, intention, and potential reverberations — both positive and negative — of environmental and ecotheological expressions in the upcoming Voices Together hymnal. “