The application period is now closed. The next term begins February 2017. Check this page starting in September for application instructions and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.


Want to grow as a journalist while absorbing a universe of green knowledge? Apply for the Grist Fellowship Program. We are an independent nonprofit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green second nature for our monthly audience of 2,000,000 and growing. At Grist, green isn’t about hugging trees or hiking — it’s about using humor and real talk to connect big issues like climate change to the places where people live, work, and play.


What is the Grist Fellowship Program?

The Grist Fellowship Program is an opportunity to hone your skills at a national news outlet and deepen your knowledge of environmental issues. We’re looking for early-career journalists with a variety of skills, from traditional reporting to multimedia whizbangery. We will offer exposure to the leading sustainability thinkers and theories of our time, real-world experience at a fast-paced news site, and the occasional pie potluck.

What is expected of the fellows?

Fellows will work full-time, making daily contributions to Grist’s editorial operations including (but not limited to) research, reporting, story ideas, writing, and multimedia experiments. Working closely with the fellowship program manager, each fellow will also identify a long-term special project to produce in collaboration with others on the team. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings, seek input on issues large and small, and laugh politely (or heartily, depending on the circumstances) at all your jokes.

What are the details?

Fellows work out of Grist’s Seattle office. Fellows must make a six-month commitment. The fellowship pays $2,600 per month. In special cases the fellowship will be renewable once by mutual agreement between the fellow and Grist. Renewal candidates will be considered alongside the applicant pool for the next fellowship cycle.

Who should apply?

Any curious, self-motivated, hard-working individual who wants to grow as a storyteller. We are looking for writers, reporters, and editors, as well as all-stars in fields such as video, audio, and data visualization. Our primary subject areas are climate and energy, food, cities, science and technology, pop culture, and environmental justice. Candidates are most likely college or j-school grads, with some experience in journalism. The application period is now closed. The next term begins February 2017. Check this page starting in September for application instructions and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.


Current fellows

Clayton Aldern

Fall 2015

Clayton Aldern

Climate governance hawk, Rhodes Scholar, adamant Minnesotan
@compatibilism

Xian Chiang-Waren

Spring 2016

Xian Chiang-Waren

Middlebury grad, yoga enthusiast, recovering New Yorker
@XianCw

Melissa Cronin

Spring 2016

Melissa Cronin

Brooklyn transplant, west coast replant, perennial pupil of the planet
@melissa_cronin

Past fellows

Suzanne Jacobs

Spring & Fall 2015

Suzanne Jacobs

Senior fellow, physics enthusiast, aspiring time traveler
@SuzanneJacobs89

Raven Rakia

Fall 2015

Raven Rakia

Born in Detroit, raised on the East Coast, Afro-enthusiast, amateur hiker
@aintacrow

Ana Sofia Knauf

Spring 2015

Ana Sofia Knauf

Angeleno-turned-Seattleite, U of Washington journalism grad, self-proclaimed foodie
@asknauf

Madeleine Thomas

Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Madeleine Thomas

Staff writer at Pacific Standard, UC Berkeley School of Journalism grad, obsessed with David Bowie
@madeleinetwnsnd

Eve Andrews

Spring & Fall 2014

Eve Andrews

Associate editor and Steel City girl, on the reproductive rights and pop culture beats
@eefandrews

Sara Bernard

Fall 2014

Sara Bernard

Staff writer at Seattle Weekly, wilderness junkie, UC Berkeley School of Journalism grad
@saralacy

Sam Bliss

Fall 2014

Sam Bliss

Life lover, budding ecological economist, endorphin enthusiast
@theblisspoint

Amber Cortes

Spring 2014

Amber Cortes

Adventurer, journalist, class clown
@uneverknowradio

Samantha Larson

Spring 2014

Samantha Larson

Science nerd, adventure enthusiast, roaming reporter
@samantson


The fellows’ fine work

A Grist Special Series

Climate on the Mind

We take a look at the connections — fascinating, foreboding, and all too real — between the shifting environment and the human brain

Special Report

The Cost of Clean Coal

A Mississippi power plant promises to create clean energy from our dirtiest fuel. But it will come at a price.

Special Report

Half-Shell Hero

How the humble oyster is reviving a regional economy and helping to heal one of America’s great wild-food factories.


Grist Fellows Eve Andrews, Madeleine Thomas, and Sara Bernard
Grist / Daniel Penner