Reporting Myanmar’s first case of coronavirus in late-March of 2020, Khai has coordinated the distribution of basic food and hygiene necessities throughout his home village of Tuisau. Located in the mountainous and linguistically diverse region of Chin State, where an estimated 54 languages are in use, Khai has also worked to translate vital health information material for his fellow Tedim-speakers.
Every Fellow gets the pro bono support of the Mountain Sentinels leadership team, professionals and community dedicated to solving the issues that impact the lives of diverse people living and working in overlooked and underrepresented mountain places.
$1,500 USD stipend
One-on-one mentorship with a Mountain Sentinels member
Monthly virtual gatherings with other Fellows
Participate in the 2021 Moving Mountains Summit (likely virtual)
We are open to applicants from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds and ages. We anticipate the final cohort will be a mix of students across educational levels (high school through postdoctoral) as well as individual mountain community members and those from diverse industries and organizations. Applicants are expected to live or work in, or have a strong connection to, a mountain community and be passionate about social and environmental sustainability. We seek Fellows from groups that are typically under-served and/or under-represented in science.
$1500 USD can be used to address immediate challenges from COVID-19 (e.g., food security, education, community health) in their personal household or community in the mountains, and/or
To carry out the Fellow’s project
Funds are not required to be spent on project activities. Other uses of funding could include purchasing and distributing food items in your home or community, or funding your own time spent on sustainability-oriented activities. However, if funds are used in this way, Fellows still need to conduct and report on a project with a mountain community affected by COVID-19, as described above. The project can also be an addition to an on-going project.
A written essay (< 500 word) or video (< 5 minutes) describing how you or your community meet the
Fellowship criteria (i.e., mountain community significantly impacted by COVID-19; applicant from an
under-represented or under-served group).
A written (< 500 word) or video (< 5 minutes) description of: (a) your project and (b) how you will spend
the funds. Fellows will be notified regarding the status of their application no later than August 21.
The Fellowship will begin September 1, 2020.
Reach out with eligibility questions, to learn more about project suitability criteria or with your idea on how to use funds.