Through our Regional & National Fellowships, ELP supports environmental and social change practitioners eager to connect their specialized work to larger environmental and social concerns. ELP is committed to selecting Fellows that represents diversity of race and ethnicity, gender, sector, sexual orientation, education levels, professional background, values and traditions, and expertise. We believe in a broad definition of leadership that goes beyond positional power and recognizes that leadership is present and possible at all levels of work in our sectors. 

Environmental issues affect all people, but in the U.S. (and around the world) evidence is clear that some communities and groups are harmed more than others-- correlated to poverty, race, and other systemic factors. Environmental and social change leadership must challenge and address the inequities that shape the origins of and responses to environmental problems. An equitable balance of power and privilege is necessary to achieve lasting environmental progress. ELP holds that skillful and respectful navigation of differences is vital to developing creative and equitable solutions to environmental problems, and that those most impacted should be in positions of leadership and decision-making.

Our Regional 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 emerging leaders hone their leadership styles, improve their strategy and organizational development, and strengthen their outreach to diverse constituencies. 

Learn more about our current Regional Fellowship Programs:

Chesapeake Regional Fellowship

Delaware River Watershed Network

Eastern Regional Fellowship

Great Lakes Regional Fellowship

ELP has offered more regional Fellowship programs at different times in our history and we will offer more in the future. Our offerings at this time are shaped by our small team's capacity as we have moved through some transitions in 2023-2023. If you do not live or work in a location currently eligible for the Regional Fellowship Program, you might be interested to learn more about our Virtual National Fellowship Program which includes Fellows based across the U.S. 

Any questions or curiosities? Please reach out to us at coreprograms@elpnet.org. We'd love to be in touch with you.

It’s very important to us that we give our Regional and National Fellows a high quality experience– which to us means a program that is intentional, relevant, and responsive to the needs of our participants both in terms of content and in community building. Each year, we select a group of outstanding leaders across the career spectrum to participate in each of our fellowship programs. 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. Our Fellows have on average 5 to 15 years of professional experience and come primarily from four sectors: non-profit/social sector, academia, business, and government. However, we also have participants who are just beginning their careers, and who have worked for decades in these areas. 

Once selected, Fellows participate in a series of retreats that take place over the course of several months. Each retreat focuses on specific leadership competencies from diversity and coalition building to systems thinking and strengths based leadership. Fellows complete several active and reflective learning exercises, including the development of a personal leadership plan that is designed according to their own needs and interests, and can serve as a personal and professional "roadmap" as they move forward after the program.

ELP strongly believes in the need for lifelong skill development and peer support. Upon completion of the fellowship 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.  

To apply to our Core Fellowship Programs, please visit our Regional Fellowship or Virtual National Fellowship pages. 

Scholarships are available for those in need of support to participate in our programs. Our goal is that cost should not be a barrier to an ELP Fellowship. In 2021, as part of our deepening commitment to anti-racist action, we also established a Community Scholarship Fund which prioritizes support to Black and Indigenous people, people of color, and others who have been and are disadvantaged by the systems of our economy.