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The Hazel M. Johnson Fellowship 2024 for early career self-identified Black women.

Application Deadline: March 29, 2024

In honor of the mother of the environmental justice movement, Hazel M. Johnson, Black Girl Environmentalist will be debuting its fellowship program in the Summer of 2024.

Hazel M. Johnson Fellows are placed with a partner organization for a 10-week summer internship placement and cohort experience, gaining the skills, resources, and connections necessary to enter and stay in the environmental and climate sector. All Fellows are assigned mentors, grow their networks, and forge lasting relationships within and between the cohort of fellows. HMJ Fellowship positions are full-time paid positions with a minimum hourly wage of $18 an hour. All Fellows will also receive a stipend of $5,000 (on top of the hourly wage) to go towards living expenses, professional development, and wellness, in addition to weekly coordinated professional development through Partner Organizations and Black Girl Environmentalist. The summer will conclude with an in-person retreat with fellow participants.

Eligibility Requirements

  • This fellowship program is for early career self-identified Black women or gender-expansive persons who are aspiring climate and environmental professionals.
  • This includes: rising juniors, rising seniors, recent graduates (up to 3 years out of undergrad) and first-year grad students (entering the first year of grad school in fall 2024).

Eligible Hazel M. Johnson Fellows

Must demonstrate an interest in the environmental and/or climate field(s)

*BGE fellows do not need to have an environmental science degree or formal training in this field. We are looking for individuals who are committed to justice and equity, who are passionate about working for an environmental or climate-focused organization, and who are excited about developing new skills.

Applicants must be residing in the United States, or a United States territory, for the duration of the fellowship length.

Time Commitment

Fellowships will range from 32-40 hours per week for a total of 10 weeks depending on the organization that you are paired with. All applicants must be able to fully commit to this fellowship.


  • Development of skills necessary to be successful in the climate and environmental space.
  • Compensation which includes an hourly wage, a living wage, and a wellness stipend.
  • Mentorship from a full-time mid to senior level staff member within their assigned organization.
  • Participation of 3 hours of professional development each week.
  • Cohort networking opportunities, including an end of summer in-person retreat.
  • Access to the entire BGE network and events.


  • February 19: Fellow application opens
  • March 3: Informational Webinar #1 RSVP here
  • March 29: Application Closes
  • April 1 – April 26 Interviews
  • April 30: Fellow Selection

More Info: Hazel M. Johnson Fellowship



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