Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program

Gain Experience with Gulf Restoration Network!

Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) is looking for committed individuals with a strong passion for the environment and social justice for our fellowship program. If you care about clean water, healthy communities, preservation of our wild spaces and responding to climate change, apply for GRN’s fellowship program! You’ll work with to us get our issues into the media, build coalitions, organize events and lobby decision-makers. Ultimately, we'll build the kind of public support it takes to create a healthier Gulf!

With members and supporters across the Gulf Coast, we are committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region. We strive to meet our mission through active education and promotion of the responsible use of the Earth's ecosystems and resources.

Fellowships at a Glance

Our fellowships provide a paid, hands-on opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of environmental protection, water conservation, clean energy and the specific role that GRN plays in them. A fellow will conduct research, engage in citizen outreach, gather and analyze information, develop educational materials on a variety of issues and prepare briefing materials, among many other tasks. GRN Fellows will also learn firsthand how our state and federal regulatory system works and the role of other non-governmental organizations across the region.

Fellows are selected on the basis of their interests, education and experience in relevant fields of work or study. We especially seek individuals who have an interest in environmental organizing and activism, as well as have good communication and writing skills. Our fellowship rotations are in the fall, winter/spring and summer.

GRN is looking for undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates. See below to learn more about specific fellowship opportunities.

Who should apply?

The ideal candidate for a fellowship with GRN is self-motivated, energetic, flexible and a strategic thinker with strong writing abilities, good organizational skills and a passion for the environment and social justice. Every effort will be made to tailor tasks and responsibilities to personal skills and areas of interest.

Fellowship Positions

·         Community Outreach Fellow

·         Policy Engagement Fellow

·         Communications Fellow

·         Environmental Policy Fellow

·         Development Fellow

Opportunities and Expectations

Fellows will learn many of the skills used in grassroots and advocacy organizing by working with professional staff at GRN. Fellows will also learn real skills through professional trainings and apply their new knowledge to their work.

Each fellow is awarded $2500 per semester. These are competitive fellowships – one fellowship is offered in both the Fall and Winter/Spring semester and two fellowships in the Summer.

Fellows will be expected to work 200 hours over the course of the semester, which includes holding regular office hours and attending mandatory meetings and activities (to be determined).

Once accepted, all fellows are expected to complete the semester of the fellowship program they have committed to. Students are encouraged to work with their college or university to obtain course credit if appropriate. Fellows must have at least one weekly meeting or call with their supervising staff member to check in on work plan and strategy.

Most fellows will work at the New Orleans-based office. If housing is needed, the GRN can assist in finding affordable housing through our university and non-profit networks.

In addition to our fellowships the GRN offers unpaid internships in similar departments, which are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please visit our internship page.


The deadlines for application are as follows:

Fall 2016 – August 15, 2016
Winter/Spring – October 21, 2016
Summer 2017 – April 1, 2017

Interviews will be held at the GRN Office (330 Carondelet St, New Orleans) or via videoconference.




University/College/Graduation Date

Resume (Optional)

1-2 References

Writing Sample

1.) Why are you interested in this fellowship? What about working with Gulf Restoration Network intrigues you?

2.) What is the single most important environmental issue facing the world today and why?

3.) How would your past experiences benefit your work as a fellow with GRN?

4.) If awarded the fellowship, what would you hope to learn or accomplish?

5.) What’s your connection to the Gulf of Mexico? Why do you want to work in the Gulf South?

6.) How would this fellowship be beneficial to your personal development? (Examples: Professional experience, financial need, learning new or augmenting existing skills)

GRN is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff, and strongly encourages people of color, LBGTQ individuals, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.

Please submit application to scott@healthygulf.org.