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 in the policies and programs that 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.

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"My experience suggests that environmental issues are linked inextricably with many other challenges facing communities worldwide, such as conflict, human rights violations, and poverty. The Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellowship—focused on environment, but within the broader CPL context—is exactly the right mix to empower me to foster impact on major environmental challenges." 
-Jeremy Avins, MPA '17


Step 1: Apply to Harvard Kennedy School: Application deadline is early December, 2017.
Step 2: Apply for the Fellowship: Application deadline for the late February, 2018.

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:

    • Please discuss a topic you are passionate about as it pertains to preserving and enhancing our shared environment and your experiences as it relates to this topic. Include specific examples in your response (750 words or less).

    • Please discuss briefly your interest in the Louis Bacon Environmental Fellowship and how your leadership goals have motivated you to apply (200 words or less).


Finalists for the Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellowship will be interviewed in mid-March 2017 by the Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellowship Selection Committee.

Please visit our Fellows 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 graduate 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 weekly series of speakers, workshops and seminars, a field experience and opportunities to connect with other Center for Public Leadership fellows and alumni.

In addition to serving as founder and CEO of Moore Capital Management, LP, Louis Bacon has been advocating for more than twenty years for conservation and protection of natural resources in the US and abroad. An avid outdoor sportsman, Bacon developed a reverence for the natural world, which spurred his lifelong passion for land and water conversation. In 1992, he founded the Moore Charitable Foundation to support nonprofit organizations with a focus that included land and water conversation. Since its inception, the foundation has provided significant funding to more than 200 local, national, and international conversation organizations.