NOAA’s Young Changemakers Fellowship (YCF) 2024 | $800 Stipend

Applications are now open for the next cohort of NOAA’s Young Changemakers Fellowship (YCF) 2024! This is a remarkable opportunity for high school students across the United States, U.S. territories, and tribal nations to make a difference for the environment and oceans, for a duration of one year.

NOAA's Young Changemakers Fellowship (YCF) 2024
NOAA’s Young Changemakers Fellowship (YCF) 2024

NOAA’s Young Changemakers Fellowship (YCF) provides support to participating students as they design and carry out an action project to address an environmental or ocean-related issue in their home community.

The Young Changemakers Fellowship (YCF) programme aims to educate the public about important environmental and ocean-related issues. Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is an organization that enriches life through science.

NOAA’s Young Changemakers Fellowship – What to Expect

The programme culminates in a self-designed action project that allows the Changemakers to take on local action projects while also learning about and offering NOAA leadership their perspectives on large-scale issues like the climate crisis, ocean issues, and environmental justice challenges.

Throughout the academic year, fellows participate in virtual sessions and an in-person summit held in Washington, D.C. in the summer. Workshops on project development, training in communication, and roundtable talks with NOAA leadership are all included in these gatherings.

Collectively, these experiences assist fellows in putting their enthusiasm for environmental and ocean-related issues into practice while also assisting NOAA in better comprehending the viewpoints of youth.


Each fellow receives:

  • An $800 stipend.
  • up to $750 in funding to assist fellow’s action project.
  • One-on-one coaching sessions from a NOAA staff member.
  • Participate in a kickoff summit in Washington, D.C., July 23–27, 2024, with all costs paid.
  • For the 2024–2025 cohort, up to 15 high school students will be chosen as fellows. Participants in this cohort, which is only the second class of Young Changemakers, will help determine the direction of the programme and open doors for subsequent fellowship cohorts.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the requirements below to be eligible for the Young Changemakers Fellowship:

  • Must be high school students (public, private, charter, schools) during the entire 2024-2025 school year. All high school grades are accepted.
  • Candidates must be at least 13 years old at the time of applying for the fellowship.
  • Be currently resident in and attending school in the United States, U.S. territories, or tribal nations.
  • Candidates must be passionate about the environment, ocean, Great Lakes, and/or coasts, and their protection.
  • Demonstrate willingness to commit to the year-long program and its requirements from July 2024 to June 2025, as well as participating in at least 9 of the 12 mandatory monthly meetings
  • Responding to emails within 5 days

Applicants do NOT necessarily need to:

  • Be professionals or experts in ocean and environmental science
  • Posses an in-depth knowledge of NOAA and/or the federal government
  • Have prior experience as an ocean or environmental change maker

Application Procedure

For more information, visit the official website at

Application Deadline:

June 10, 2024.



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