Louis and Gabrielle Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellowship

The world desperately needs leaders with the courage, drive and political skills to fight climate change and help restore the natural world. The Louis and Gabrielle Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellowship is a transformational experience designed to prepare a new generation for environmental leadership. The fellowship brings together emerging leaders from government, business, and NGOs who are committed to a career in environmental protection.

Leadership is difficult in any enterprise, but it is especially difficult for environmental leaders who face opponents with vastly more power and money. To overcome this power disparity, environmental leaders have learned essential leadership skills:

  • Self-awareness, listening and empathy

  • Team-building

  • Persuasion

  • Negotiation

  • Advocacy

The Bacon Fellows develop these skills through experiential learning, workshops, retreats and leadership coaching sessions with highly accomplished national and international environmental leaders.

The Center for Public Leadership acknowledges the generosity of Louis and Gabrielle Bacon for their support of the Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellowship

Halla Hrund Logadóttir

“As a Bacon Fellow, I built the relationships, know-how and leadership skills to take responsibility for Iceland’s energy, natural resources and water policy."

— Halla Hrund Logadóttir, MC-MPA 2017


We are not accepting applications for the Louis and Gabrielle Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellowship for academic year 2022-2023.


Program Information


The fellowship provides:

  • Full tuition scholarships for a master’s degree program at Harvard Kennedy School

  • A comprehensive co-curricular leadership development program

  • An international network of exceptional peers and mentors

Recipients of the Louis and Gabrielle Bacon Environmental Fellowship receive full tuition, health insurance and are eligible for an annual stipend of up to $10,000. Joint or concurrent degree students are eligible for a different financial aid package depending on their school in residence.

The fellowship is open to all admitted degree program students at HKS; students from joint or concurrent degree programs offered by Harvard are also encouraged to apply.

Among other criteria, applicants will be considered based on demonstrated leadership abilities and a commitment to pursue a career in environmental public policy and practice. Successful candidates will also demonstrate excellent academic credentials.