Designed and guided by an advisory committee of Bryant’s close friends and colleagues, a one-year paid fellowship program will provide selected fellows with a holistic and grounded experience working with a frontline EJ organization on the southside of Chicago. In addition to contributing much-needed skills and capacity to a grassroots EJ organization, Bryant Williams fellows will also participate in professional development and networking activities intended to foster their long-term social justice impact, personal well-being, and professional success.
- Goal 1: Honor and commemorate Bryant’s leadership in the Chicago Environmental Justice Network and commitment to EJ movement leadership development
- Goal 2: Provide fellows with a supportive and holistic fellowship experience that leads to a full-time position at a BIPOC led EJ organization
- Goal 3: Support ongoing EJ campaigns and build capacity of BIPOC led EJ organizations on the south and/or west sides of Chicago through selecting fellows that understand frontline communities and have skill sets that may include organizing, policy, research, communications, planning, or Arts/Culture experience
Who is eligible for this fellowship?
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) recent graduates, or early career professionals seeking a first step in their transition to a career that contributes to the Environmental Justice movement in Chicago. Strong candidates will have education, training, and skill sets, including organizing, policy, research, communications, planning, or arts/culture experience. Candidates from diverse cultural backgrounds, and those with differently-abled bodies, are highly encouraged to apply. Preferences will be given to applicants with lived experience in Chicago frontline EJ communities. Two Fellows are being recruited in 2022 for the 2022/2023 cycle.
When will the fellowship begin?
The fellowship will launch in August, 2022 with a public event. Fellows will begin in September, depending on their host site. The Fellowship is a year-long commitment.
- $50,000 Paid Fellowship
- Receive a $5,000 Healthcare Stipend
- Learn and adapt to community organizing culture
- Gain direct experience in environmental justice work
- Receive direct holistic and culturally-relevant mentoring
- Gain hard skills in: research (qualitative/quantitative), communications, advocacy/policy, operations/administration, finance/business development, and arts/culture.
- Gain soft skills in: community listening, emotional intelligence, navigating professional work environment, and career path and trajectory.
- Network with other environmental professionals
The application process
- Complete the Bryant Williams Fellowship Application
- 1-page resume
- One letter of recommendation from a college/university professor/advisor or a work/volunteer supervisor that can speak on the specifics of your skillset in organizing, policy, research, communications, planning, or arts/culture. They should also explain what you learned through your skills, how they improved, and how you completed something from start to end.
- One example project (no more than two pages) that demonstrates your skill-set in a skill listed above (e.g. a project that demonstrates your planning skills, past campaign or policy skills, a research paper, blog, or article, an art or culture portfolio, etc.)
- Relevant coursework or experience in environmental justice is a plus.
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