Our Mission

The Céline Cousteau Film Fellowship is dedicated to empowering the next generation of outdoor filmmakers, creatives and activists to inspire change.

Our Focus

We are an academic leadership program focusing on 3 core elements:

1.  Impacting the lives of our fellows.
2. Creating awareness for our subject matter.
3. Inspiring change in our world.

How It WOrks

Each summer, we select a team of "fellows", who consist of talented post-graduate, graduate and undergraduate students, looking to add a practical application to their formal education. Each fellow is paired with one of our award winning mentors for the term of the fellowship to create a documentary film focused on a single issue, cause or story facing our world today.

Our fellows face a wide range of challenges that personally and professionally invoke passion, character and leadership. Framed by our values, passions and ideals, our fellows blend their interdisciplinary backgrounds to best capture and express their findings, experiences and outcomes through film and the arts.

The Fellowship consists of 5-6 weeks of intense academic, leadership and field-based experiential development. We separate the program into two phases: The first phase is approximately 3 weeks, where we review our fellows base knowledge, work with our mentors to adapt and personalize our lesson plans to each fellows abilities and interests. This period of time is dedicated to advancing the knowledge, comprehension and capabilities of each fellow in preparation for our expedition and their professional careers. The second phase is considered our immersion phase. We take our fellows on a 2 week expedition, directly into the field to experience and implement their craft while working hand-in-hand with our mentors to create a documentary film that we believe will inspire change in our world.


Each year the price of the program changes based on location and sponsorships. With the help of our incredible Donors, Sponsors, Board of Directors and Partners, the cost of the program has lowered year after year. See our incredible Partners and Sponsors here! 

Q & A:

Who Can Participate?

Each year we accept a group of passionate and talented individuals looking to inspire change in the world. The roles are available to post-graduate, graduate and undergraduate students from around the world who are looking to put a practical experiential application to their formal education. If you have a talent in any of the provided fellowships positions and consider yourself are a "Do'er", this is a program for you.

What is The Céline Cousteau Film Fellowship?

We are an academic leadership program focusing on 3 core elements: 1.) Impacting the lives of our fellows.  2.) Creating awareness for our subject matter.  3.) Inspiring change in our world. While each endeavor creates individual outcomes, collectively they fulfill our mission of empowering filmmakers, creatives and activists to inspire change. *Note: We are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization

Have More Questions?

We would love to hear from you! Simply email info@TheCousteauFellowship.org and we will answer any questions you have. We are also available to set up a call if you would like to talk about the fellowship in person.

About Céline Cousteau:

As Director of CauseCentric Productions Céline Cousteau produces cause focused multi-media content about humanitarian and environmental stories. Céline is also Founder and President of the nonprofit organization The Céline Cousteau Film Fellowship, extending her family legacy to the next generation of storytellers. The Cousteau Fellowship’s mission is to empower young aspiring filmmakers, creatives, and activists to inspire change through filmmaking. Daughter of ocean explorer and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Yves Cousteau, Céline has worked on over 18 documentaries as presenter and field producer. Her current major work, “Tribes on the Edge” is a result of a request the tribes of the Vale do Javari, Brazilian Amazon made to have her tell the world they exist. Based on the plight of the indigenous tribes and her own personal journey, this project includes a documentary film, engagement and education campaign, coffee table book, and art installation– with a targeted launch of fall 2016. 

Member of the World Economic Forum Council on Oceans for 4 years, Céline holds a masters in International and Intercultural Management and is fluent in three languages. Currently Guest Designer for Swarovski, Ambassador for The TreadRight Foundation, Ambassador for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program, and Keen Footwear brand ambassador, Céline sits on the advisory boards of The Himalayan Consensus and Marine Construction Technologies. She was previously international spokeswoman for the La Prairie skincare company from 2007 through 2014, Sustainability Partner with Contiki Holidays from 2010-2014, and has served on the board of advisors for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation as well as Plant a Fish. Often traveling as a public speaker, Céline is also mother to a young boy.

Sponsors & Partners:

A special thanks to those dedicated to support, inspire and empower the next generation of Outdoor Filmmakers, Creatives & Activists!

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors

The Lemu Lodge & Sony Pictures Entertainment