Harvard Program for Environmental Justice Advocates

The Climate Justice Design Fellowship

A program of the Harvard University Climate+Data Initiative supporting environmental
justice advocates

We invite US-based environmental justice advocates and public servants to apply now for the 2022 Climate Justice Design



  • Fellows will join a CJD cohort and a national network of exceptional environmental justice advocates and public servants
    committed to the use of data, design, and scientific methods for the advancement of their communities.
  • Fellows will build foundational knowledge and skills in data science aimed at supporting their advocacy and public service
  • Fellows will receive a modest financial stipend of $10,000 to compensate them for their time invested in Fellowship
    activities. We expect the stipend will be disbursed in monthly installments.
  • Fellows will receive 1:1 consultation from members of the CJD Board of Mentors and Harvard Project Team, who can
    provide perspective and insight from deep experience in the advocacy, design, and data science spaces.
  • Selected Fellows’ projects will receive data curation, software engineering, and web development support to prototype
    community-serving applications from technical personnel of the IQSS and Google Data Commons.


  • Fellows must be able to represent the needs of a vulnerable environmental justice community(ies) in the United States.
  • Fellows must have a demonstrated record of engagement in community advocacy, public service, organizing, journalism,
    policy development, and/or scholarship in one or more areas of climate justice such as planning and urban development,
    tree canopy, stormwater management, contaminated site remediation, or any other matter of environmental justice
  • Fellows must be based in the United States during the fellowship program period (May – December, 2022)

Note that –

  • Previous technical experience in data science or design is not required
  • No academic degree is required to apply and we welcome current students


  • Fellows will develop an impactful project that supports their environmental justice advocacy or public service work through
    collaboration with the Fellowship program participants
  • Fellows will contribute to the intellectual development of the cohort through conversation, exchange of feedback, and
    presentation of their work
  • Fellows must commit to make every effort to attend all synchronous components of the fellowship program. Fellows will be
    expected to attend approximately 3 hr of synchronous meetings per month with fellowship peers, mentors, and directors
    via Zoom to be scheduled at a time as convenient as possible for all participants.
  • Fellows are expected to spend a total of ~20 hr / month on fellowship activities (synchronous and asynchronous).
    Asynchronous activity will focus on the Fellow’s individual project, which can be directly related to their full time work in
    advocacy or public service.

Application Process

  1. Submit the online application form by March 18, 2022.
  2. After submitting the application form, fellows will receive a followup email requesting a resume. Applicants must submit
    their resume within 5 days of receiving this followup email.
  3. We anticipate announcing Fellows selections by mid-April.