CEE-Change Fellowship Program - North American Association for Environmental Education

Opportunity Type: Other

We are excited to announce the launch of the 2021 CEE-Change Fellowship Program, NAAEE's newest initiative to support leadership and innovation in civics and environmental education across North America. CEE stands for Civics and Environmental Education. NAAEE recognizes the value in bringing together environmental and civic engagement educators to learn from each other and collaborate to scale up our impact as we work to create a more equitable and sustainable future.

This fellowship program will bring together a diverse and inspiring cadre of formal and nonformal educators and community leaders working to address today’s complex environmental and social concerns at the local, state, and national levels. As part of this fellowship, participants will learn civic engagement (CE) skills together with environmental education (EE) skills, and look at how the two fields can collaborate more deliberately. This work is intended to foster leadership within schools and at the community level, promote civic engagement and environmental responsibility, and ultimately build more resilient, equitable, and healthy communities. 

Each Fellow will design joint CE and EE Community Action Projects and have access to a limited pool of mini-grant funding to support their work. Grant funds will be prioritized for Fellows who have the most innovative ideas and effective strategies for using CE and EE to address a community environmental issue, lead to progress on civic engagement, and strengthen community resilience to address environmental concerns. Grant funds will also be set aside for Fellows seeking additional leadership training and professional development, including professional learning exchanges with other Fellows. Projects will emphasize community and civic engagement, sustainability, and resilience. Additionally, each project will address US EPA’s core mission to provide Americans with clean air, land, and water.

The eighteen-month fellowship will provide CEE-Change Fellows with opportunities to learn, network, and share through online professional development, technical assistance, and face-to-face training. The fellowship will also lay a strong foundation for continued professional growth after the program ends.

We will begin accepting applications in March 2021. All application materials are due by May 17, 2021, 11:59 PM ET. Applicants will be notified of their status early July 2021.