Climate Fellows

The application period for the 2015 Climate Fellows program is now closed. 

UNHSI’s Climate Fellowships pair outstanding students with challenging, important projects that will propel the US toward a low-carbon future. Climate Fellows each undertake to meet challenging deliverables, and receive supervision, mentorship, unique networking and professional development opportunities, and a $6000 stipend. 

Time commitment:  40 hours per week, June 1-August 14, 2015

Location:  Project-dependent.  Fellows may be based in Durham, NH (at UNHSI); in Boston, MA (at City Hall); or in Bozeman, Montana.  For some of the projects, state or regional travel may be required.

What You Need to Know Before Applying:

  • All applicants should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program when they apply (seniors graduating in May are welcome.
  • Academic backgrounds in the fields indicated in the individual project postings are preferred; these vary widely.
  • We will encourage, but not require, an academic sponsor or reference for each fellow, and where possible we will ask that course credits are awarded.
  • There is a MANDATORY three-day, two-night orientation in Durham, NH, from May 27th-29st.  Lodging and food will be provided, but Fellows are asked to pay their own associated travel costs.
  • There is a $35 application fee, payable online.  (However, this may be waived for UNH students or in the case of financial hardship.  To request a waiver, applicants should contact UNHSI.)
  • The Fellowship does not cover any costs for temporary (summer) relocation or housing, beyond the $6,000 stipend.

Why Apply?

Fellowships are opportunities for highly skilled and motivated students to contribute to unique and exciting new projects and initiatives. As a result, fellows will gain:

  • $6,000 (taxable) compensation
  • New skills and knowledge;
  • Access to extensive new professional contacts and networks;
  • Material to add to his or her professional portfolio.

Review the 2015 projects.

The transition of the Climate Fellows Program to UNHSI was made possible thanks to the generosity of its supporters, including Josephine Lamprey, Thomas Haas, the Carol Thompson and the Thompson Foundation, our corporate partner Megabus, and the Ted Smith Fund for the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders, which honors the extraordinary legacy of one of Clean Air - Cool Planet's founding board members, Ted Smith.

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In 2014, the Sustainability Institute at UNH became the new home of the Climate Fellows program, originally launched by Clean Air-Cool Planet. The program matches exceptional college students from diverse backgrounds with high priority climate solutions projects. Through this nationally advertised and highly competitive program, students receive skills training, mentoring, networking opportunities, and a stipend for full-time summer projects undertaken with a wide range of partner organizations.