ELP currently supports three programs with complementary but distinct communities of service. It’s very important to us that we offer programs that are intentional, relevant, and responsive to the needs of our participants both in terms of content and in community building. ELP's programs and programmatic content evolve over time, based on the changing conditions of our sectors and feedback from our participants and partners.
Our Regional and National Fellowship Programs offer intensive leadership and skill training, regional and national networking opportunities, and time for personal and professional reflection. Through retreats and optional additional trainings, our curriculum helps participants hone their leadership styles, improve their strategy and organizational development, and strengthen their outreach to diverse constituencies. Fellows come from diverse personal and professional backgrounds as we strongly believe in the power of embracing the differences among the people and communities affected by environmental issues-- including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, religious faith, age, ability, geography, and ideas and beliefs. Upon completion of the program, Fellows graduate to Senior Fellows status within the ELP Community. ELP Senior Fellows are eligible to attend additional trainings, take active roles in the development of ELP public programming and continue to expand their professional network through online resources, networking events, collaborative partnerships and mentoring within the ELP Community. For more information or to apply to an ELP Regional or National Fellowship Program, please visit our detailed program page.
Launched in 2016, the RAY Fellowship Program is a two-year paid fellowship that aims to increase and facilitate pathways for emerging leaders of color into conservation, clean energy, and climate-related careers. The RAY Fellowship is designed to equip recent college graduates with the tools, experiences, support, and community they need to become leaders in the conservation and clean energy sectors. In our visions of the future, these critical climate-related sectors fully represent, include, and are led by the diverse communities, perspectives, and experiences present in the United States-- especially those communities most impacted by climate crisis. The program provides first-time career access opportunities for recent college graduates who do not have previous professional experience in the sector, or a graduate degree. RAY Fellows are placed within a hosting organization for a two-year paid position with benefits, a substantive scope of work, and the resources and support to develop experiences that will launch them onto a path of career growth. Fellows receive professional development, work with mentors, grow their networks, and forge lasting relationships within their cohort year and across the RAY Fellowship community. Click here for more information about RAY Fellows and hosting partners.
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) Alumni Network was established in 2017 to support the ongoing networking and professional development of the alumni of DDCSP. DDCSP is an initiative funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) to diversify the conservation workforce by preparing the next generation of diverse, environmental conservation professionals. ELP has been contracted by the Foundation since 2017 to support DDCSP alumni with community building, professional development programming, and network weaving. The DDCSP Alumni Network aims to cultivate a supportive community where a new generation of environmental leaders can connect, build their capabilities and unleash their collective power in the environmental workforce to address systemic challenges and inspire new equity-centered solutions for the environment, their communities, and society. This program is only open to individuals who are alumni of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program. For more information click here.