Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Program 2019

Applications are invited for the Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Program 2019 at the Harvard Kennedy School. The Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Program brings together emerging leaders dedicated to preserving and enhancing our shared environment.

Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Program

The program connects fellows with highly accomplished national and international leaders, providing them with the skills to:

  • Foster sustainable environmental impact
  • Build cross-sector partnerships to accomplish key goals
  • Inspire new ideas and innovative change to safeguard natural resources and promote a healthy global ecosystem

This program is a game-changing opportunity for scholars and practitioners eager to take up the mantle of environmental leadership and stewardship for the rising generation.


Fellowship Experience

Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellows are a part of the Center for Public Leadership’s community of graduate fellows and will participate in an enriching co-curricular experience designed to enhance their skills and engage their development as emerging leaders in environmental public policy and practice. The co-curricular program typically includes a welcome retreat, a speaker series, workshops and seminars, a field experience and opportunities to connect with other Center for Public Leadership fellows and alumni.


  • Fellows are awarded a full tuition scholarship and health fees for up to two years, depending on the length of their graduate degree program;
  • Fellows are eligible for a stipend up to $10,000 for up to two years depending on their master’s degree program;
  • Applicants will be considered based on their excellent academic credentials and a demonstrated focus on developing leadership abilities to impact environmental public policy and practice. CPL seeks a diverse cohort of fellows with emerging leaders from the government, business, and NGO communities dedicated to preserving and enhancing our shared environment;
  • Fellows will participate in a robust cocurricular program offered by the Center for Public Leadership.

Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Program  Eligibility

  • Open to applicants entering their first year of study in any of the Harvard Kennedy School’s masters’ degree programs. Students pursuing a joint degree at HKS and another Harvard graduate or professional school or those in concurrent programs at other approved universities or schools may also apply;
  • The fellowship will be open to all admitted master’s degree program students and will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or national origin;
  • Award decisions will be primarily merit based but with a consideration of financial need as determined by the HKS Student Financial Services.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit:

  • A biographical profile, not to exceed 150 words. (This profile should be short, concise and in the third person.)  Please include the following highlights: an introductory sentence including your name; the degree you are pursuing at Harvard Kennedy School in addition to any joint degree at Harvard or concurrent degree program at another graduate or professional institution; where you are from and where you currently reside; an overview and highlights of your relevant work/professional experience; significant leadership achievements including awards or certifications; and educational credentials with the degrees earned and institutions attended
  • A document containing written responses to two essay prompts focused on your passion and experience for preserving and enhancing our shared environment. The purpose of this fellowship is to provide financial support and leadership development experiences for people who are committed to careers in environmental public policy. Many people are interested in environmental issues, but this fellowship is limited to those who are committed to serving as environmental leaders in government, NGO or business. Please state your commitment in 200 words or less.

How to Apply for Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Program 

  • Step 1: Apply to Harvard Kennedy School: Application deadline is Monday, December 3, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
  • Step 2: Apply for the Fellowship: Application deadline is early February, 2019.

To apply for the Bacon Fellowship please visit the Student Financial Services web site

For more information, visit Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Program.

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