Student Opportunities

Academic Year Fellowships

The Environmental Justice Community Fellows Program employs Yale graduate students to do graduate-level environmental justice work or research with one of YCEJ’s local partner organizations. Student fellows work collaboratively on a partner-driven project with a host organization to co-develop solutions, usable knowledge, and resources. Students may work independently or collaboratively in pairs to bring complex, interdisciplinary approaches necessary to meet the scope and goals of the project. Student fellows typically work 5-7 hours a week from September to May including participation in a weekly reflective cohort of Yale students engaged in community-oriented work and research with local groups.

The 2021-2022 Fellowships are closed

The YCEJ Community Resource Lab partners with New Haven-based groups and institutions to advance community participation in decision-making. Community Resource Fellows work with partners to identify priorities and co-develop resources and tools to support strategic planning, communication, and advocacy. Participatory mapping processes are a centerpiece of this work. YCEJ matches Community Resource Fellows with a local partner and fellows meet weekly as a lab to deepen their learning and apply their skills across projects. Fellows also participate in a weekly reflective cohort of Yale students engaged in community-oriented work and research with local groups. As participants in this year’s pilot, Community Resource Fellows will greatly contribute to iteratively designing the Lab’s structure and processes.

The 2021-2022 Lab is closed

Open Positions

There are currently no open positions listed.

YSE Environmental Justice Research Fellowship

PhotoApplications due Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 1PM EST.

The Yale Center for Environmental Justice awards student fellowships to support Masters and Doctoral research focused on environmental justice. Grants of up to $5000 are awarded competitively each year to eligible students. Recognizing that the field of environmental justice is broad and multidisciplinary, we welcome proposals from students across disciplines interested in researching a range of issues significant to social and environmental justice.

The award will be provided in 2 installments: 80% of award upon acceptance of the proposal and 20% upon the completion of the research paper or report.  Research papers that are not pending publication will be featured on YCEJ’s website.

Applications are closed for the 2022 - 2023 Cohort of Research Fellows


PhotoThe course lists included here outline offerings that engage with questions of justice or equity in environmental regulation or design or emphasize the communities included in environmental justice communities. Please note that this list does not include all classes important for doing comprehensive environmental justice work. Students seeking to pursue an environmental justice career pathway should also consider technical courses in science, engineering, public health or finance related to their area of focus. Consultation with your faculty or specialization advisor and affiliated center faculty is recommended to guide your course selection.