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Grist Fellowship Program

Want to grow as a journalist while absorbing a universe of environmental knowledge?

The Grist Fellowship Program is a paid opportunity to hone your skills at a national news outlet and deepen your understanding of environmental issues. We’re looking for early-career journalists and media professionals with a variety of skills, from traditional reporting to multimedia whizbangery. We will offer real-world experience at a fast-paced news site, training in a variety of skills key to a journalism career, exposure to the leading sustainability thinkers and theories of our time, and of course, the occasional homemade croissant.

Fellows have gone on to outlets including The Atlantic, The Verge, Wirecutter, Outside Magazine, Atlas Obscura, Greentech Media, and of course, Grist. Have a question about our fellowships? Reach out to us for more information. You can also scroll down to meet Grist’s current fellows and read some of the fantastic work they’ve produced.

Grist’s next fellowship round will begin in winter 2020, with applications opening in the late fall.


Current fellows

Past fellows


The fellows’ fine work

Cheaper electricity, dirtier air? Black communities navigate a tricky relationship with their polluters

Black communities breathe more than their fair share of emissions from nearby refineries. So why are some partnering with their polluters?

For undocumented immigrants, the Trump admin makes fires and hurricanes even tougher to deal with

Dreamers and other undocumented immigrants struggle to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey and the California wildfires.
Grist Explainer

Detroit’s unaffordable water hints at a U.S. crisis to come

The United Nations calls it a human rights issue.
Through the wringer

Techies and tractors: Silicon Valley’s next big thing is saving water

In a climate-changed world, entreprenuers and farmers are coming together to confront scarcity.

A sinking jail: The environmental disaster that is Rikers Island

Flooding, extreme heat, and air pollution plague New York City's notorious jail complex.