Resilience Fellowship Program

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Fellows from the Winter 2019 class listen to Harold Jones, Executive Director of Canarsie Community Development, Inc., as he describes planned development in his neighborhood.


The Resilience Fellowship is designed for mid-career journalists who have at least some background reporting on environmental issues as a staff reporter, producer, editor, or freelancer. Applicants should have at least five years of full-time professional experience. We will however, in special cases, consider less experienced applicants who have demonstrated outstanding journalism achievement.

We are looking for journalists interested in improving both the quality and the quantity of their coverage of climate resilience issues. We want journalists who will be active throughout the fellowship, willing to take on the challenges we present.

We will consider applicants who fall into either of the following categories:

– Journalists who are employed by a news organization, or those who freelance full-time. This category includes people who write, produce or edit news, whether for a legacy news organization or an internet publication. Also photojournalists and those working in multimedia are welcome to apply.

– Journalism innovators. These are people whose ideas have potential to alter the journalism landscape in a fundamental way. Innovators will be considered if their work and ideas might contribute to the fellowship in some fashion.

International Fellows

International applications are not only welcome, they are encouraged; in our first Fellowship we had four people join us from outside the U.S. However all Fellows must have a strong grasp of English in order to participate fully, so we expect you to be proficient in speaking and writing English. This program also involves a lot of discussion of scientific concepts, so all Fellows should have a solid understanding of basic science.

The Winter 2019 Fellows gathered at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, a natural area run by the National Park Service, listening to Timothy Farrell, a park ranger who discussed the area’s natural resilience to storms.


All fellows must be able to arrive in Albany, New York (Airport designator ALB) by 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 26th. Our first session will begin that evening. Departures may be scheduled no earlier than 3 p.m. on Friday, November 1st. While the fellowship cannot pay for additional days, we encourage you to extend your trip through the weekend in order to enjoy all that the region has to offer. Fellows will not have time during the fellowship itself to explore on their own.