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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Graduate Students to Participate in Sustainability and Clean Energy Projects

EDF Climate Corps


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/09/23
Deadline: 01/09/24 11:59 PM PST Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International graduate students to participate in sustainability and clean energy projects. The purpose of the program is to help fellows make a positive impact on climate and smart energy solutions. Fellowships will take place over the course of 10-12 weeks.
In 2023, fellowships were a mix of remote, hybrid, and on-site arrangements. During the matching process, candidates will be made aware of each project’s location (remote vs. on-site) and can indicate their preferences accordingly. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The core fellowship requirements are:
- At the time of application, must be enrolled in a graduate certificate or degree program. Past fellows have studied in a variety of fields, including business, engineering, sustainability and environmental management, public policy, data science, writing, and more.
- Self-starter with project management and leadership experience, including demonstrated success aligning and collaborating across teams.
- Strong communication skills, including presentation skills.
- A passion for solving environmental challenges.
- Eligibility to work in the United States during summer 2024.

For US fellowships, candidates must be eligible to work in the United States during the summer. If you are an international student, please make it clear on your application that you are eligible to work in the United States.

For China fellowships, candidates must be Chinese citizens or nationals from other countries who are currently registered in a Chinese university.

For India fellowships, candidates must be Indian citizens or nationals from other countries who are currently registered in an Indian university.

Applications are welcomed from all graduate degree and graduate certificate program students who meet the Climate Corps qualifications.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Register for a virtual alumni panel and breakout room session taking place on November 9, 2023, to hear from 2023 fellows from about their experiences:

Attend office hours with Climate Corps staff. Applicants are encouraged to register in advance, if possible:

Pre-Application Information
Submit an application by 11/30/23 at 11:59pm PST (early deadline) or 1/9/24 at 11:59pm PST (regular deadline). Individuals who submit an application prior to the November deadline will have the opportunity to choose from a more robust list of host organizations.

If your application is successful, you will participate an interview via Zoom where your qualifications will be evaluated. These interviews are compared to the needs of host organizations to determine appropriate matches. Applicants who apply by the first deadline typically participate in this interview between January and mid-February. Those who apply by the second deadline can expect an interview between mid-February and March.

Following a successful interview, you will become eligible to be matched with a project. While you cannot apply for a specific host organization, after your interviews EDF will provide an up-to-date list of participating organizations and projects. You will be able to indicate the projects you are most interested in.

Matches with host organizations occur in two waves: mid-February for early applicants and mid-March for regular applicants. Candidates who advance to the matching round will receive notice of a more specific timeline. If you receive a match, you are given two weeks to accept.


Estimated Size of Grant
US fellows are paid $1,400 per week for 10-12 weeks, plus one week’s salary for participation in the Fellow Training. Salary will vary for China and India fellowships.

Term of Contract
Climate Corps fellowships are 10-12 weeks between June and September, plus 1 week for Climate Corps Fellow Training. Fellow Training will take place from May 20-24 and will be hosted virtually. The exact weeks for the fellowship will depend on the host’s and fellow’s schedules.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For any recruitment-related questions, please email program staff at

Environmental Defense Fund
257 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
(800) 684-3322

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