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Bay Area Climate Justice Fellowships with PCJ in the Bay

Quarter-long full-time
Environmental Sustainability

The Haas Center for Public Service offers full-time, summer fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students to work with nonprofit and government agencies toward climate justice in the Bay Area. These fellowships are associated with Partnerships for Climate Justice in the Bay Area (PCJ in the Bay), an initiative to build equitable climate change solutions by supporting long-term partnerships between Stanford students, faculty and Bay Area community leaders.


Climate change poses an unprecedented threat to humanity. Temperatures are increasing, sea level rise is accelerating, and floods, fires, and droughts are becoming more extreme. Communities in the Bay Area and across the globe are already experiencing these impacts, with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities bearing the greatest burdens. We also we face a critical juncture with respect to our energy future. If we are to avoid even more catastrophic and unequal impacts, we must find an equitable path to a green economy.

For communities of color near Stanford and across the San Francisco Bay Area, there is an urgent need to support community-led efforts and policy-making to build climate resilience and a just energy transition. The Haas Center’s PCJ in the Bay initiative invests in long-term relationships with partner organizations to help address these challenges. Since January 2021, students have been engaging with PCJ in the Bay partners through community engaged courses and research, summer fellowships, volunteering, and career opportunities.

Bay Area Climate Justice Fellowships with PCJ in the Bay

Nine Bay Area Climate Justice Fellowships are available this year. Each fellow will work with a nonprofit or government organization in the region, building upon the work of last summer’s fellows. Through several convenings of PCJ in the Bay Fellows held throughout the summer, you’ll have the opportunity to share and learn from each others’ experiences, promote collaboration, and help shape the trajectory of this initiative.

Research to Support Environmental and Climate Justice Advocacy in the Belle Haven Community of Menlo Park

Partner: Belle Haven Action
Open to: Undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors; co-term, Master’s and PhD students
Conduct critically-needed research to support Belle Haven Action’s advocacy efforts. Research and write about the disparities that Belle Haven community members experience compared to surrounding neighborhoods. This work may be approached through multiple lenses - environmental and climate justice, transportation, health, housing, telecommunications and more.
Apply by April 11

Implementing a Climate Justice Program for Youth in East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, and North Fair Oaks

Partner: Climate Resilient Communities
Open to: Undergraduate students
Gain real world experience in public engagement and environmental advocacy projects, connecting with diverse stakeholders in urban and environmental planning, and co-leading an educational program that empowers underserved communities to foster resiliency in their communities.
Apply by April 11

Research to Support a Just Transition in Richmond

Partner: Communities for a Better Environment
Open to: Undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors; co-term, Master’s and PhD students
Support the shift toward a regenerative economy by working with Communities for a Better Environment and the Richmond Our Power Coalition, conducting research to support their campaign toward a Just Transition in Richmond, California.
Applications closed

Centering Frontline Communities in a Resilient and Clean Energy Economy

Partner: Greenlining Institute
Open to: Undergraduate, co-term and Master's students
Advance energy equity and economic opportunities for low-income communities of color through research, policy, and technical assistance on federal program implementation.
Applications closed

Improving Community Outreach for Climate Resilience in North Fair Oaks

Partner: North Fair Oaks Community Alliance
Open to: Undergraduate, co-term, and Master's students
Support a new grassroots organization in the community of North Fair Oaks, adjacent to Redwood City, by improving outreach and communication in the community and assisting with the organization's operations.
Applications closed

Developing Environmental Justice and Water Curriculum for East Palo Alto

Partner: Nuestra Casa
Open to: Undergraduate, coterm, Masters, and PhD students
Develop curriculum for the Environmental Justice Academy and support water justice education and advocacy.
Apply by April 11

Building Resilience to Sea Level Rise in the Bay Area - Advancing Policy Frameworks and Technical Analysis

Partner: OneShoreline
Open to: Master’s & PhD students
This fellowship offers the opportunity to work with an innovative government agency in San Mateo County and gain real-world experience in the political and/or technical dimensions of planning and implementing climate-resilient infrastructure.
Applications closed

Developing Climate Resilience with South San Francisco Communities 

Partner: Rise South City
Open to: Undergraduate and co-term students
Work with a community-based organization in South San Francisco on their outreach, communications, and organizational functions, as well as contributing to critical projects.
Applications closed

Supporting Food Sovereignty through Gardening Education for Low-Income Families in San Jose

Partner: Valley Verde
Open to: Undergraduate juniors and seniors, co-term and Master’s students
Work with an innovative nonprofit working to build food resilience among low-income families in San Jose and beyond by integrating the Shared Garden Program curriculum into local schools, and decreasing food waste in San Jose by establishing a Composting Hub.
Applications closed




    Bay Area


    April 11, 2023 | 11:59 PM
    * This Application Deadline has passed

    Open To

    Graduate Students

    Offered By

    Haas Center for Public Service
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