The Environmental and Racial Justice Network (ERJN) provides seed funding for projects that address issues at the intersection of environmental and racial justice. Funding of up to $2,000 is available for qualifying projects led by undergraduate or graduate students. Students are encouraged to form teams that include other students, staff, and faculty across different schools or campuses, and are required to have a faculty advisor.

Along with the funds, awardees will also receive two workshops to ensure long-term impact of their project along with one-on-one check-ins with the Office of Sustainability and Office of Global Inclusion. Awardees are expected to provide a mid-year update as well as a final presentation at the end of their year-long grant period.


Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in any degree-granting program planning to graduate in May 2023 or later. Applicants may be affiliated with any NYU school or based at any global site.

To Apply

Complete the ERJN Expression of Interest (EOI) form. After the EOI is reviewed, you will be contacted to schedule a project consultation. You may submit a project application only after you submit an EOI and undergo a consultation.

Application Requirements:

  • Faculty Advisor
  • Project teams of two or more people
  • Project details, including: summary, background/rationale, process, and impact (which considers the evaluation criteria below)
  • Project timeline (based on completion within the 2022 calendar year)
  • Environmental Impact Statement
  • Projected Budget with cost breakdown (finalists will be expected to submit a finalized budget and proof of expenditures)

Project Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Project is solution-driven and takes an innovative approach to address an inequality or real problem
  • Project centers and advances environmental and racial justice from an intersectional approach and addresses a concrete gap
  • Project draws on interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research
  • Project is based on a collaborative approach and includes multiple team members or collaborators
  • Project proposal is detailed, thorough, and meets all application requirements

Examples of projects that could receive funding include:

  • Grade school programs teaching about environmental and racial justice
  • Identifying a new waste route to support equity in waste transport and storage
  • Initiatives to garner investment and/or governmental support for businesses in impacted communities
  • Supporting skill building and/or mentorship for ERJ organizations
  • Strategic Partnership program development with environmental justice organizations
  • Research on an environmental issue impacting communities of color
  • A new campus-based global educational initiative