Faith For Our Planet and Duke Divinity School’s
Youth Interfaith Leaders
Fellowship on Climate Change
We are looking for the next generation of interfaith leaders in climate action. If you’re one, apply now!
Faith For Our Planet, in partnership with Duke University’s prestigious Divinity School, has launched an exciting new program for climate conscious youth leaders from around the world. Whether you are a religious leader, a climate activist, an early career professional in a faith-based organization or a recent graduate who’s just starting out – as long as you’re eager to learn how to mobilize faith communities to combat climate change, we’ve got you covered.
Week-long Fully Funded Program
25 young leaders will have the opportunity to participate in a unique program that will help them develop the skills and networks they need to create impactful faith-based climate action projects.
On this journey, they will be trained by distinguished specialists in the field of religious studies, climate change, policy, media, and sustainable development who will help them acquire knowledge and skills in eco-theology, systems thinking, community mobilization, advocacy and more.
Applications for the FFOP Youth Fellowship (2024) will open between July 18th to August 20th, 2023. We encourage all interested parties to apply as soon as possible as seats are limited.
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 part of the program, our fellows will benefit from knowledge on:
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.
Note: All travel, visa, accommodation, and subsistence costs will be provided by Faith For Our Planet.
Vision and Approach
The program is designed to convene the next generation of interfaith leaders and changemakers who will apply the learnings from the fellowship to benefit their communities, organizations, and institutions. We cultivate trust and understanding by connecting individuals across faiths, cultures and sectors, while building their knowledge and skills on climate action and how to channel their ideologies into shared responsibilities.
Through this process, FFOP generates trust and an increased value of making a difference, and more importantly, an improved understanding of the role of religion and faith leaders in generating impactful climate action.
Through this initiative, we will focus on specific skills of the next generation of global faith leaders to:
The first FFOP Youth Fellowship will be hosted at Duke University, widely considered as one of the most prestigious universities in the United States and around the world. Duke has produced many globally reputed international scholars, including 15 Nobel Laureates and three Turing Award recipients.
The campus spans over 8,600 acres on three contiguous sub-campuses at the heart of which is the magnificent Duke Chapel indicative of the university’s religious roots and spirit.
Building on that legacy and excellence, we have experts from the Duke Divinity School that have designed, and will be delivering, this fellowship for the next generation of global interfaith leaders.
Duke University’s rich history of academic excellence, diverse community and commitment to interfaith dialogue make it an ideal host for our annual FFOP Youth Interfaith Leaders’ Fellowship on Climate Change.
Note: FFOP has partnered with Duke Divinity School to provide a specifically designed training for selected fellows; the fellowship does not count towards a recognized qualification.
Participant Selection Criteria
The fellowship seeks to attract 25 individuals, between the ages of 20 to 35. We hope to maintain an inclusive and diverse cohort with representation from major faiths, learners 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 & ecology are all welcomed.
Participants entering the program should fulfill the following eligibility criteria:
The fellowship seeks to support proactive leaders and agents of change. As such, participants are expected to:
Participant Selection Criteria
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 7 days of getting shortlisted.
Only the candidates who succeed in both our application and interview process, will be notified of their selection via email.
Candidates who are shortlisted for an interview will need to provide us a minimum of one letter of recommendation from either work and/or their educational institution. The letter must be submitted within 7 days of getting shortlisted and sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In their letter, the referee is required to address the following:
Please note that FFOP may contact your referees. When submitting the letter, please ensure it is signed by your referee, is on an official letterhead, and in a pdf format.
Although optional, candidates are encouraged to provide a widely recognized English language proficiency test result (such as of IELTs, TOEFL, CAE, etc.) as a part of their application. Given that English will be the working language during the fellowship, candidates will be required to prove a sufficient understanding of English to actively participate in the program. Please note that the absence of such test will not negatively affect your selection to the program.
Candidates with successful applications will be invited for an online interview. Each interview lasts up to 60 minutes and will contain questions on the applicant’s motivation, suitability to the program, relevant experience and a possible project plan they will undertake if selected.
If you have any further questions about the fellowship, please do not hesitate to reach out via email@example.com
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 known for producing globally reputed scholars, including 15 Nobel Laureates and 3 Turing Award recipients.
FFOP is partnering with Duke’s Divinity School, founded in 1926 as the first graduate school at Duke. The school attracts students from around the world to cultivate leaders through theological education, engagement with tradition, and addressing contemporary challenges.