Join the next cohort

Applications for the 2022 fellowship will be posted in January 2022.

fellowship requirements

The fellowship requires 40-50 hours of time over 10–12 months, this includes participating in online peer-based writing workshops and training seminars, writing and tackling edits, and disseminating your work and that of other fellows through various channels. Fellows who complete all the requirements of the program will receive a $1000 honorarium.

Requirements of the program include:

  • Writing a first-person, narrative style essay that will be published in Environmental Health News
    Incorporating oral and written feedback from project leaders and from other fellows
  • Attend and actively participate in all online trainings and peer-based writing workshops. Monthly meetings typically occur once a month for 90 minutes. The first meeting will take place in October 2020.
  • Being interviewed by Dr. Zota for the Agents of Change podcast.

While not required, most fellows help to disseminate their work and that of their peers over social media.

applicant requirements

Applicants must be:

  • Pursuing scientific work that advances environmental public health, environmental justice, or ecosystem/climate health and justice. Relevant disciplines may include but are not limited to: environmental health, environmental science, epidemiology, ecology, earth sciences, urban planning, geography, community health, social and behavioral health, medicine, social sciences, and toxicology.
  • Early career scientist defined as a current doctoral student, medical student, or postdoctoral scientist or an early career practitioner defined as someone working in advocacy, government, research, or private sector for less than 5 years since their terminal degree (early career practitioner: terminal degree obtained in 2015 or later).
  • From marginalized backgrounds and/or populations underrepresented in science and academia. Examples of eligible individuals include, but are not limited to: first-generation college graduates; individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals from communities of color; and individuals with disabilities.
    Interested in learning about science communication and improving their writing skills.
  • Based at an institution (e.g., academic institute, non-profit) in the United States; however, applicants do not need to be US citizens (e.g., international students are eligible).

application process:

Answer the following personal questions:

  • How do you identify? Tell us about your background, and/or heritage (350 words)
  • Briefly describe your research interests and/or what you do? What topic(s) are you interested in writing about in your blog? (500 words)

Please submit your application materials (including the personal essays and CV/ resume) using this Google form by 5pm EST on August 28, 2020.

If you have any questions about the fellowship or application process, please contact Dr. Ami Zota at