Appalachian Transition

The Appalachian Transition Fellowship was created in response to regional needs to help support emerging community leaders and foster cross-sector partnership, collaboration, and capacity to accelerate a just economic transition from extractive industries in Central Appalachia.

The fellowship offered one-year, full-time, paid placements for fellows that gave emerging leaders and their host communities an opportunity to engage in and advance community-based projects and receive training and mentorship to inform their work for economic and social change in the region.

The third cohort of the Appalachian Transition Fellowship completed their projects in June 2019. You can access a summary report on the fellowship year, compiled in partnership with Rural Support Partners, here:  2018-19 AppFellows Evaluation Report

We are currently engaged in a comprehensive evaluation of the AppFellows program and a strategic assessment of the values underlying just transition work in the region to help Highlander identify our next steps in this work.

With accountability to Fellows, Host Communities, and the region as a whole, we look forward to sharing this report as a resource for those working on just transition in Central Appalachia and beyond. Thank you for your interest!

To learn more about the program, please visit