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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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Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

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Deadline Date:

01/11/22 11:59 PM PT


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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International graduate students to participate in sustainability projects. Fellows studying business, engineering, public policy, sustainability, or environmental management will work with leading organizations on advancing climate solutions and smart energy. Fellows will have access to in-person training and professional development resources. Fellowships will take place in multiple locations, including New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; and other U.S. cities and towns. Remote and hybrid options are available.

Climate Corps is the go-to graduate fellowship program for a career in sustainability. Fellows join a network of over a thousand Climate Corps alumni and other energy and sustainability professionals, working to advance climate solutions in leading organizations around the world.
Climate Corps seeks top graduate students with analytical and project management backgrounds who are excited to make an impact through smart energy and climate solutions. Fellows are chosen for their ability to perform quantitative analyses, manage projects and help facilitate organizational change.
The program selects candidates from a variety of disciplines to work for a summer with companies and public institutions to identify opportunities to reduce emissions in their operations and supply chains and meet climate commitments. Fellows will gain access to interactive training as well continuing education, including professional development opportunities, online resources, and opportunities to connect with and learn from the network.
Working under the guidance of a host supervisor and EDF engagement manager, fellows uncover emissions reduction opportunities and develop climate solutions for their host organization. Projects culminate in a written report and series of recommendations to the host organization. Projects may focus on:
  • Climate Commitments: Work on cross-cutting strategies to reduce emissions including Net Zero, Science-Based Targets, greenhouse gas accounting, and municipal climate planning.
  • Renewables and Energy Efficiency: Develop targeted strategies to implement on-site and off-site renewable energy and scale energy efficiency.
  • Supply Chain Sustainability: Quantify and baseline Scope 3 emissions and develop recommendations to engage suppliers on sustainability efforts.
  • Zero-Emission Vehicles: Build roadmaps to electrify medium and heavy-duty fleets.
  • New for 2022: Food Waste Reduction: In partnership with ReFED, a limited number of fellows will work within companies to advance strategic food waste reduction initiatives and accelerate implementation of high-impact solutions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174397

Estimated Size of Grant:

US fellows are paid $1,250 per week for 8-12 weeks, plus one week’s salary for participation in the Fellow Training.

Term of Contract:

- Climate Corps fellowships are 8-12 weeks between May and September, plus 1 week for Climate Corps Fellow Training. Fellow Training will take place May 23-27, 2022 and will be hosted virtually on Zoom. The exact weeks for the fellowship will depend on the host’s and fellow’s schedules.
- Fellows are expected to work 40 hours a week with start/end times dependent on the norm of the organization at which they are placed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The core fellowship requirements are:
- At the time of application, enrolled in a graduate certificate or degree program studying business, engineering, sustainability, environmental management, public policy or other relevant subject
- At least 2 years of work experience
- Self-starter with project management and leadership experience
- Strong oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills
- A passion for solving environmental challenges
- Eligibility to work in the United States during summer 2022

Depending on available projects, additional skills may be useful:
- Strong financial and quantitative skills, including project valuation
- Demonstrated experience working on energy efficiency, clean energy, vehicle electrification, food waste or
sustainability projects.
- Proficiency in quantitative and qualitative data analysis
- Familiarity with greenhouse gas emissions accounting and reporting frameworks (e.g., CDP, GHG Protocol, The Climate Registry)

The Climate Corps program is proud that its fellows represent a diverse population of individuals and believes this diversity makes its program stronger. Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

EDF does not provide fellows with summer housing, local transportation or relocation assistance to cities of summer employment (if relocation is required).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join a virtual alumni panel on Monday, November 8th at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT.

Join Climate Corps alumni to learn about their 2021 fellowship experiences. After a panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to ask panelists questions in smaller breakout rooms.


Pre-Application Information:

Submit an application by 11/30/21 at 11:59 pm PST (early deadline) or 1/11/22 at 11:59 pm PST (regular deadline). Individuals who submit an application prior to the December deadline will have the opportunity to choose from a more robust list of host organizations.

- If selected, you will participate in interviews via Skype or 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.
- 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 organizations you have a high interest 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.

Watch a recording of a 30 minute information session, which provides an overview of the program and the application process:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


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

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

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