An important update regarding ELP’s Core Fellowship programs: 

ELP is going through a time of deep transition. With the departure of our Executive Director and numerous staff transitions, it’s become increasingly clear that we do not have the capacity to maintain Core Fellowship Programs as planned this year. Additionally, in recent months, our staff, fellows and facilitators have challenged us to dig deeper in our exploration of leadership. With the many ways that people’s lives have been shifting in the last 2.5 years, our curriculum and staff must be ready to respond to these changes in meaningful ways.  It’s very important to us that we give our 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.

We have also found ourselves working with a sense of urgency and pressure in responding to all these changes, and we hear similar themes of urgency, exhaustion, and burnout from all of you in our community. This is understandable given our times! As always, our team wants to respond to our community with programs that meet what you need. And this means that for now, as we move through this stage of transition, we need to take time to reflect, plan and prepare, and staff up as we build out the next iteration of our programs. 

In collaboration with the ELP Board of Directors, we have made the decision to pause our remaining 2022 Fellowship programs (including the National Fellowship). We are actively in the process of laying out our plans and timelines for returning to a full slate of programs next year. We will keep you informed along the way! 


ELP's National Fellowship Program offers intensive leadership and skills training, national networking opportunities, and time for personal and professional reflection. Through immersive virtual sessions, our curriculum helps emerging leaders hone their leadership styles, improve their strategy and organizational development, and strengthen their outreach to diverse constituencies. With the assistance of professional coaching and peer learning, each Fellow develops a Personal Leadership Plan.

ELP is thrilled to announce that our 2021-22 National Fellowship Program will once again be fully virtual!  2020 was a year of learnings and adaptations through the global COVID-19 pandemic, which we responded to by shifting our programs to a virtual retreat platform. Through these learnings and encouraging feedback, ELP is committed to offering our virtual Fellowship experience at a national scope. This engaging and transformative program will offer environmental and social change leaders from a variety of sectors and identities to convene virtually as a cohort over the course of several months. ELP’s Virtual National Fellowship will conduct synchronous virtual sessions that accommodates all U.S. time zones (12-5pm EST). The Virtual Fellowship will be structured in both single and two day virtual retreats. This is a slight departure from our former in-person National model of holding 2 retreats that are each five days long, and has been adapted to optimize an engaging virtual learning environment for participants .

ELP’s National Fellowship has been a cornerstone of our Core Fellowships for many years, and it is a truly exciting evolution to be able to offer a virtual space to engage and cultivate the skills of such inspiring individuals. We invite you to apply to this virtual opportunity to learn, collaborate, and activate!

"I don't think I've smiled and laughed this much on a zoom call since we've been sheltering in place. So excited to meet such an awesome group to build with!" -2020 Fellow

National Photo

"I was pleasantly surprised at how well the virtual format worked for something that is meant to be an intimate, vulnerable program where we open up about ourselves and our differences and weaknesses. It was obvious how hard the facilitators and senior fellows worked to make this experience everything it could be, and their hard work paid off immensely. I feel more connected now than I have ever since this quarantine began, and I can't begin to say how excited I am to continue to work with this amazing group of people."  ~2020 Fellow


The 13 virtual sessions will begin in December 2021 and run through Spring 2022. To accommodate multiple time zones in the United States, all meetings will be held between the hours of 12-5pm EST/9-2pm PST.  The Fellowship will involve virtual participation using a Zoom platform and breakout rooms, as well as pre and interim retreat assignments and interspersed with recurring virtual opportunities.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Wednesday, December 15 and Thursday, December 16, 2021

Friday, January 14, 2022

Tuesday, February 8 and Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Tuesday, March 8 and Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Tuesday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Saturday, May 21-Sunday, May 22, 2022


The National Fellowship participation fee is $2,200. This includes:

  • 13 sessions of virtual training and community building
  • Curriculum including topics of Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Strength Based Leadership, Happiness, Network Weaving, and Building/Maintaining Learning Organizations and High Functioning Teams
  • All related materials and supplies;
  • 4 hours of professional 1:1 coaching;
  • Access to our network of over 1,300 Senior Fellows; and 
  • Membership to ELP's lifelong learning community.


Applications are due by 11:59 pm (EST) Monday, September 27, 2021. 

Fellowship Timline


All Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Work or reside in the United States;
  • Have a minimum of three years work experience or are enrolled in graduate-level academic studies;
  • Have demonstrated leadership capacity; and can
  • Articulate how their work fits connect to social and environmental change.


In addition to the above, applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their:

  • Passion to respond to social and environmental challenges'
  • Leadership capacity (i.e have been willing and able to take “responsibility for helping people achieve shared purpose”)'
  • The nature of their work or area of expertise. Attention will be given to the applicant's accomplishments, background, and professional progress as shown in their resume and the clarity, breadth, and thoughtfulness of responses to the narrative questions in the application and in the interview;
  • Eagerness to connect with and learn from others; willingness to actively contribute to the program as well as take advantage of its benefits;
  • Commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and justice within the environmental and social change fields; commitment to working with diverse constituencies;
  • Awareness of the interdependence of environmental and social problems; ability to convey a coherent vision for environmental progress and interest in how their work fits in with the big picture; and their
  • Ability to clearly articulate how participating in this leadership program will further their personal and professional development.

Particular attention will be given to the applicant's accomplishments, background, and professional progress as shown in their resume and the clarity, breadth, and thoughtfulness of responses to the narrative questions in the application.


We're glad you're thinking of applying to an ELP Fellowship and we've tried to make it as simple as possible for you. There are three pieces to the online application process that you can complete from the application page.

1. Fill out the short application survey. This should require only 2-3 minutes to complete.

2.  Your resume. Once you have completed the application survey, you will be emailed a personalized link where you can upload your resume. Please attach your resume as a PDF or Word doc.

3. Short essay answer. Along with your resume, you will be prompted to attach a short response to the following question: "What is the most significant leadership challenge that you are personally facing, either current or something that you see on the horizon?" (500 words maximum)


Applications are reviewed by a selection team of ELP Senior Fellows (alumni of ELP fellowships) and staff.

Interviews: A subset of applicants are interviewed in the 3 weeks following the application deadline. Interviews are conducted over the phone and are approximately 25 minutes long. Interviews are also an opportunity for applicants to ask any questions about the program and the Senior Fellow community.

Selection process:  Our selection teams review the applicant's accomplishments, background, and professional progress as shown in their resume. We also focus on the clarity, breadth, and thoughtfulness of responses to the narrative question in the application and the phone interview. We aim to select the best cohort for each program - which means giving attention to the diversity and balance of the class - in terms of work (sector, issue), identities (gender, ethnicity, etc.) and personalities.

Notification: Following the selection of the class (about 3 weeks following the application deadline), applicants are notified of their status via a phone call and/or email. An applicant is either invited into the program (in which case they are expected to confirm within 48 hours), wait-listed, or invited to apply for another program.

On the fence about applying? Check out 7 Reasons to Apply for an ELP Fellowship.

But if you don't want to take our word for it, you can check out these testimonials from recent program participants.