Deadline March 11, 2022
FUTURE RISING uses storytelling to highlight the important connections between girls’ education and climate change.
The year-long, virtual Fellowship program provides financial assistance and professional development for a cohort of 10 young leaders between 17-24 who are working on storytelling projects at the intersection of gender equity and climate change or environmental justice. During their tenure, Fellows complete a narrative project that highlights their work, or that tells the story of girls or women who are innovating and working to address the impacts of climate change and environmental injustice.
This year, the Fellowship will focus on two specific areas – FOOD AND WATER SECURITY or LOCAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS. This means that applicants should propose narrative/storytelling projects focused on one or other of these two areas.
Applicants can attend their virtual info sessions for guidance on project proposals.
- FOOD AND WATER SECURITY
Climate change is causing food and water scarcity all over the world. People in poorer countries who contribute least to carbon emissions are most likely to experience food and water insecurity. Among these people, girls and women suffer first and worst, being most likely to experience malnutrition, starvation, ill health, violence, or displacement.
But there is a flip side to this story. Despite being disproportionately affected by adverse effects of the climate crisis, girls and women are uniquely positioned to be vital agents of sustainability in their communities. That’s because they frequently play critical roles in their community’s relationship to land, food production, agricultural practices, and access to water for drinking or irrigation. All over the world, girls and women are already innovating and implementing new practices and methods to safeguard access to food and water for themselves, their families, and their communities.
The 2022 Future Rising Fellowship program seeks to support young leaders who are working on food and water security with a gender equity lens, OR who are telling the stories of girls or women working to secure access to adequate food and water through advocacy, community organizing, or activism or through sustainable practices like crop rotation, agroforestry, regenerative farming, sustainable fishing, and nature-based solutions, among others.
- LOCAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
The Future Rising Fellowship program seeks to support grassroots and local initiatives that are being led by girls and women, that are designed to specifically support girls and women, or that seek to amplify the voices of girls and women who are building resilience and addressing immediate impacts of climate change where they live. The Fellowship is also available to eligible storytellers who are working on projects that are directly related to girls’ education, local leadership and locally focused efforts to adapt to or mitigate the impacts of climate change. Projects may be based anywhere in the world and in any kind of a setting (urban or rural). They may be related to any environmental justice, climate adaptation or mitigation efforts led by or focused on girls and women’s ability to adapt or mitigate the effects of climate change. Applications could be about regenerative agriculture, deforestation, conservation, biodiversity, rewilding, economic empowerment, environmental health, clean air or water, displacement or other direct effects of climate change. We also recognize that climate change has many indirect impacts on girls and women – for example gender based violence and child marriage increase as a result of the adverse climate impacts like drought. We are eager to tell stories and welcome applications that connect climate change to these hidden impacts. Though we welcome projects that are very local and small in scale, we are most able to support projects that have at least reached an initial pilot phase with a demonstrated proof of concept.
During their year-long Fellowship, they:
Receive financial, professional, and creative support
Join a growing global community
Participate in monthly convenings and storytelling workshops
Create narrative work about gender equity and climate change
Each fellow will receive a stipend of $5,000 and can apply for a small additional grant for direct project expenses and materials.
You are from anywhere in the world.
You are between the ages of 17 – 24.
You are committed, creative, collaborative and motivated.
You are a storyteller who is passionate about gender equity and climate justice OR you are a climate activist/conservationist/educator/community organizer with a story to tell about girls’ education, gender equity and climate justice.
You are working on a project that harnesses the power of educated girls and women to build climate resilience in a community OR you are telling a story about empowered girls and women leading efforts to build sustainability and resilience where they live.
You are able to commit to the Fellowship’s schedule (see details in application materials).
You have access to the internet in order to attend regular virtual convenings and communicate with the Future Rising Staff and other Fellows.