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Louis and Gabrielle Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellowship

Application Deadline: Decemeber 2021

The world desperately needs leaders with the courage, drive and political skills to fight climate change and help restore the natural world. The Louis and Gabrielle Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellowship is a transformational experience designed to prepare a new generation for environmental leadership. The fellowship brings together emerging leaders from government, business, and NGOs who are committed to a career in environmental protection.

Leadership is difficult in any enterprise, but it is especially difficult for environmental leaders who face opponents with vastly more power and money. To overcome this power disparity, environmental leaders have learned essential leadership skills:

  • Self-awareness, listening and empathy
  • Team-building
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Advocacy

The Bacon Fellows develop these skills through experiential learning, workshops, retreats and leadership coaching sessions with highly accomplished national and international environmental leaders.

The fellowship is open to all admitted degree program students at HKS; students from joint or concurrent degree programs offered by Harvard are also encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure

How to apply:

  1. Apply to Harvard Kennedy School. Application deadline is early December 2021.
  2. Apply for the Bacon Environmental Fellowship. Application for Harvard Kennedy School students is early February 2022.

Applicants must submit:

  1. A biographical profile, not to exceed 150 words;
  2. A document containing written responses to two essay prompts related to their environmental leadership and service, and the fellowship.

Interviews: Finalists for the Louis and Gabrielle Bacon Fellowship will be interviewed in Spring 2022 by members of the fellowship selection committee.

Official Website: Louis and Gabrielle Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellowship



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