Bacon Environmental Fellowship

The Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Program brings together emerging leaders dedicated to preserving and enhancing our shared environment. The program connects fellows with highly accomplished national and international leaders, providing them with the skills to:

  • Foster sustainable environmental impact
  • Build cross-sector partnerships to accomplish key goals
  • Inspire new ideas and innovative change to safeguard natural resources and promote a healthy global ecosystem

This program is a game-changing opportunity for scholars and practitioners eager to take up the mantle of environmental leadership and stewardship for the rising generation.

Cole Wheeler"Being part of the Bacon cohort has broadened my understanding of what it means to fight for the environment, and has helped me to see the intersectedness of the environmental missions that drive each of my colleagues. Above all, I've been grateful for the support and advice of my Bacon colleagues in shaping my time at HKS. I am confident that our cohort will remain a source of friendship and professional support for me throughout my environmental career."
-Cole Wheeler, MPP '18


Step 1: Apply to Harvard Kennedy School: Application deadline is Monday, December 3, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Step 2: Apply for the Fellowship: Application deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

To apply for the Bacon Fellowship please visit the Student Financial Services web site.

Applicants must submit:

  1. A biographical profile, not to exceed 150 words. (This profile should be short, concise and in the third person.)  Please include the following highlights: an introductory sentence including your name; the degree you are pursuing at Harvard Kennedy School in addition to any joint degree at Harvard or concurrent degree program at another graduate or professional institution; where you are from and where you currently reside; an overview and highlights of your relevant work/professional experience; significant leadership achievements including awards or certifications; and educational credentials with the degrees earned and institutions attended.

  2. A document containing written responses to the following two essay prompts: 1. Please discuss a topic you are passionate about as it pertains to preserving and enhancing our shared environment and you experience/s as it relates to this topic. Please include specific examples in your response. (750 words or less) 2. The purpose of the Fellowship is to provide financial support and a leadership development experience for people who are committed to careers in environmental public policy. Many people are interested in environmental issues, but this fellowship is limited to those who are committed to serving as environmental leaders in government, NGO or business. Please state your commitment. (200 words or less)


Finalists for the Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellowship will be interviewed in early March, 2019 by the Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellowship Selection Committee.

Please visit our Fellowship FAQ's page for more information.


Program Information

  • Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellows are awarded a full tuition scholarship and health fees for up to two years, depending on the length of their graduate degree program.
  • Fellows are eligible for a stipend up to $10,000 for up to two years depending on their master's degree program.
  • Applicants will be considered based on their excellent academic credentials and a demonstrated focus on developing leadership abilities to impact environmental public policy and practice. CPL seeks a diverse cohort of fellows with emerging leaders from the government, business, and NGO communities dedicated to preserving and enhancing our shared environment.
  • Fellows will participate in a robust cocurricular program offered by the Center for Public Leadership.
  • This fellowship is open to applicants entering their first year of study in any of the Harvard Kennedy School's masters' degree programs. Students pursuing a joint degree at HKS and another Harvard graduate or professional school or those in concurrent programs at other approved universities or schools may also apply.
  • The fellowship will be open to all admitted master's degree program students and will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or national origin.


Award decisions will be primarily merit based but with a consideration of financial need as determined by the HKS Student Financial Services.

The Fellowship Experience

Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellows are a part of the Center for Public Leadership’s community of graduate fellows and will participate in an enriching co-curricular experience designed to enhance their skills and engage their development as emerging leaders in environmental public policy and practice. The co-curricular program typically includes a welcome retreat, a speaker series, workshops and seminars, a field experience and opportunities to connect with other Center for Public Leadership fellows and alumni.

Louis Bacon is a conservation philanthropist who has spent more than two decades supporting efforts to protect natural resources in the United States and abroad. Mr. Bacon is the Chairman of The Moore Charitable Foundation, Inc. (Moore Charitable), which he founded in 1992.

Moore Charitable supports conservation nonprofits that protect and preserve threatened landscapes, habitats and water bodies. Mr. Bacon has protected more than 210,000 acres of land in perpetuity across the United States.

Mr. Bacon has received several honors including the 2010 Colorado Association of Conservation Districts’ Ranch Conservationist of the Year award, the esteemed Audubon Medal in 2013, and the Chairman’s Leadership Award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. In addition, Mr. Bacon received the prestigious Land Trust Alliance President’s Award, the Foreign Policy Association Medal and the 2016 Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award.

Mr. Bacon is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Moore Capital Management, LP, a private investment management firm.

A native of North Carolina, Mr. Bacon earned an MBA. in finance from Columbia Business School and holds a BA in American Literature from Middlebury College. He is a Founding Donor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. He serves on the Board of Overseers at Columbia Business School and the Leadership Council of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. Mr. Bacon is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Foreign Policy Association, a member of the No Labels Founders Council, and the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation.