How To Apply

Admission is highly competitive. Each cohort of fellows is geographically balanced and represents a wide range of professions, talents, experience, cultures, people, and perspectives. 

Application Information

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Application Requirements

Applicants should be between five and 10 years into their professional careers, with demonstrated accomplishments at a regional, national, or international level. While there is no maximum age limit, we are looking for young leaders to launch the program.

Applicants must be representatives of the Global South. We look forward to welcoming a diverse representation from developing Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America/Caribbean.

Applicants must be fluent in English. An excellent command of the English language is essential to successfully participating in the program.

Climate Fellows must be available to fully participate in-person for two weeks of the program: the Yale Orientation week (April 14-20, 2024), and the Paris closing week (September 15-21, 2024).  Fellows must also be available to participate in the five remote learning journeys to be arranged remotely between May and early July 2024.

Selection Criteria

An established record of achievement in a profession linked to clean energy and climate change.  We seek to identify a diverse group of Fellows from across multiple stakeholder groups, ranging from government officials, to entrepreneurs, energy company/utility professionals, bankers/financiers, journalists, educators/researchers, civil society representatives, legal advisors and legislators. 

A commitment to making a positive impact at the local, national, or international level.

Demonstrated promise of a future career in leadership at both the national and potentially global level. 

An eagerness to expand and deepen professional networks and to benefit from exposure to top global leaders in the clean energy and climate change space. 

Application Process Overview

The application process for admission to the Climate Fellows Program is done entirely online. There are no paper forms to complete or mail.

There is no application fee or other cost to apply or participate.  All fellows’ costs for Yale Orientation week and Paris closing week will be covered by the program (round-trip airfare, hotels, transfers and per-diem).

Prior to the deadline, you may work on your application at any time and submit it when you are ready. After creating an account and accessing the online application, you can upload materials and request your letters of recommendation.

Applicants are required to submit a résumé/curriculum vitae (maximum three pages), a personal statement (maximum 600 words), and one letter of recommendation. Applicants also have the option of submitting a brief video statement.

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The University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

University policy is committed to affirmative action under law in employment of women, minority group members, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.

Inquiries concerning these policies may be referred to Valarie Stanley, Senior Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Access , 221 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, 203.432.0849.

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