February 14 Deadline – The Public Voices Fellowship On The Climate Crisis

Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis

The Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis is a collaboration between the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC), The OpEd Project, and Ann MacDougall.

This year-long experience will convene a cohort of twenty climate change thought leaders, the majority of whom will be women and people of color, and will provide extraordinary support, leadership skills and knowledge to ensure their ideas shape not only their fields, but the greatest and most urgent conversation of our age. The Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis is part of a national initiative in partnership with the OpEd Project to change who writes history.

The curriculum explores leadership, power, and action in an unfair world. Fellows will explore how credibility works, how ideas spread, when and why minds change, and how ideas play out over time and space. The goal of this project is to bring new, diverse voices into the national climate conversation, because we know that we cannot find just and sustainable solutions without them.

The program includes workshops and one-on-one coaching by leading journalists and editors. All participants will publish at least two written pieces of thought leadership (and hopefully many more) during their fellowship. Attendance at all workshops, continuously and in full, is required – applicants must save the dates in order to apply. Due to COVID-19, convenings will be held remotely unless it becomes safe to meet in person.


YPCCC is looking for new voices from civil society, academia, and the private sector, including advocates, entrepreneurs, community and business leaders, scientists, educators, and writers, among others.

YPCCC seeks leaders working at the intersection of climate change, communication, and social justice, with a demonstrated desire and ability to contribute to public dialogue on climate change. Areas of focus could include activism and movement building, financial risks and opportunities of climate impacts and solutions, racial justice, local, national or global policy, climate science, sector approaches (e.g., faith, business, health), or many others.

Fellows will be chosen through a competitive selection process. We are committed to building a diverse cohort. We will consider a variety of factors, including but not limited to gender, race/ethnicity, age, geography, area of expertise, work history, and experience as an agent of change. The fellowship is open to people at least 18 years old residing in the United States.


Cohort Size: maximum of 20 fellows.
Duration: one year.
Commitments: One 3-day virtual kickoff convening (May 11-13, 2022) and three subsequent workshops (virtual, unless it becomes safe to meet in person) in or near NYC (July 28-29, 2022; October 27-28, 2022; January 26-27, 2023). Applicants MUST commit to attending and save these dates.
Professional Support: Dedicated editors (top journalists) to provide regular, one-on-one support/editing/coaching.
Mentor Support: Access to ongoing mentoring for the fellowship year
Financial Support: A limited number of travel and lodging stipends for those who need them should in-person convenings become possible. The workshops are provided free of charge.


Application Deadline: February 14, 2022 at 5:00 pm EST