Applications Invited for Youth Interfaith Leaders Fellowship on Climate Change

Applications Invited for Youth Interfaith Leaders Fellowship on Climate Change

Organization: Faith For Our Planet

Apply By: 10 Nov 2022

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About the Organization

Faith For Our Planet (FFOP) is a global interfaith coalition convened by the Muslim World League (MWL) to fight climate change. Our mission is to unite the world’s leading governmental, political, religious, and civil society actors to protect our planet.

Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina, and is considered one of the most prestigious universities in the Unites States and around the world. Duke is predominantly known for producing globally reputed scholars, including 15 Nobel Laureates and 3 Turing Award recipients.

FFOP is partnering with Duke University’s Divinity School, the spiritual center of the research university and the embodiment of Duke’s motto: Eruditio et Religio – Knowledge and Faith. Founded in 1926 as the first of the university’s graduate professional schools, the Divinity School attracts students from around the world to address the challenges of faith in contemporary contexts.

About the Fellowship

The fellowship is a fully funded, week-long residential program at Duke University for the next generation of faith leaders. This is an invaluable opportunity for young climate conscious individuals from all faiths and walks of life to become a part of a global network of religious actors engaged in climate action.

Through expert lectures, interactive sessions, policy dialogues, and vocational training, fellows will explore various themes and tap into transferable skills to curate impactful faith-based climate action projects for their respective communities. The curriculum will be delivered by distinguished specialists in the field of theology, climate change, policy, media, and sustainable development.

As a part the program, our fellows will benefit from knowledge of:

  • World religions and the environment
  • Eco-theology: the theological study of relationship between religion and the environment
  • Systems thinking: Identifying the political and economic paradigms of climate change
  • Project planning and community mobilization
  • Strategic communications
  • Advocacy and community outreach 

Upon completion of the program, our Fellows will join the ranks of the FFOP Fellowship Alumni Association, providing them with various opportunities to be part of FFOP’s regional events, as well as climate and interfaith campaigns.

Participant Selection Criteria & Expectations

The fellowship seeks to attract 25 individuals, between the ages of 20 to 35. We hope to maintain an inclusive cohort with representation from diverse backgrounds. A diverse representation of major faiths, students of eco-theology, environmental and community activists, early career professionals eager to deepen their knowledge of faith and environmental protection, members of FBOs and NGOs working in the field of climate change and ecology are all welcomed.

Participants entering the program should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 20 to 35 (required)
  • Have acquired or currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program
  • A degree in environment, religious studies, philosophy, or any number of relevant fields is preferred. Equally, relevant work experience (paid, volunteer, internships, etc.) are also considered.
  • An established local network (social, professional, religious, etc.) or willingness to mobilize accessible local network, 
  • A strong interest in learning about eco-theology and commitment to lead a faith-based climate action project,
  • Good communication skills and a fluency in English,
  • A strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and interfaith cooperation.

Participant Expectations: 

The fellowship seeks to support proactive leaders and agents of change. As such, participants are expected to:

  • Commit their time for the entire duration of the fellowship including any pre or post fellowship sessions,
  • Commit to FFOP Youth Alumni Association’s engagements and events,
  • Commit to working on a 3-month project focused on making a positive impact at a local, national, and/or international level. The project should leverage insights gained during the fellowship on (inter)faith-based climate action,
  • Demonstrate eagerness to learn and expand their professional networks and to benefit from exposure during the fellowship,
  • Demonstrate commitment to become leaders in their communities.

How to Apply

All nominating agencies and prospective candidates must fill out the application form available on our website. Your application and profile will be assessed by a panel of Faith For Our Planet Program Coordinators. Besides assessing candidates’ eligibility for the program, the online application contains questions on their skills, motivation and relevant academic, professional, volunteer and leadership experience.

If successful, applicants will be contacted for an online interview and expected to submit their reference letter(s) within 10 days of getting shortlisted. 

Only the candidates who succeed in both our application and interview process, will be notified of their selection via email.

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November 10th, 2022: Applications Close

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