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EDF Climate Corps

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Graduate
Students to Advance Climate Solutions and Clean Energy Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

12/02/19 11:59 PM PT - Early Consideration Deadline; Final Deadline is 01/06/20.


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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International graduate students studying business, engineering, public policy, sustainability, or environmental management to work with leading organizations on advancing climate solutions and smart energy. Fellows will have access to in-person training and professional development resources.

Over the summer, fellows are hired by their host organizations and work directly with staff from operations, finance and sustainability departments on a wide range of innovative energy and climate projects. At the end of the summer, fellows become part of the EDF Climate Corps network, where they gain access to a breadth of professional development resources throughout their career, including job networking and climate advocacy training.

Projects to Match Your Unique Skills and Career Goals: Working under the guidance of a host supervisor and EDF engagement manager, fellows uncover strategic energy
management and climate solutions for their host organization. Projects culminate in a written report and series of
recommendations to the host organization. Projects may focus on: 

  • Scaling Energy Efficiency: Identify energy and cost-saving measures, evaluate financing options and explore opportunities to implement advanced energy management technologies across a portfolio of buildings.
  • Creating Commitments: Develop GHG targets that are based in science and create strategies to achieve emission reduction goals through data-driven analysis such as energy benchmarking and carbon accounting.
  • Accelerating Renewables & Electrification: Uncover opportunities for renewable energy generation, create strategies for increasing resiliency through microgrids and recommend tactics to increase the adoption of electric vehicles.
  • Evaluating Supply Chain Sustainability: Quantify and baseline scope 3 emissions and develop recommendations for engaging suppliers on energy related emission reduction opportunities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174397

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,250 per week and reimbursement of travel costs to the training and EDF Climate Corps Summit, an annual fall

Term of Contract:

10-12 week summer fellowship

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants may be from anywhere in the world, but must be eligible to work in the United States during the summer of 2020.

Required Qualifications:
-Current or recent graduate student studying engineering, business, sustainability, environmental
management, public policy or relevant degree
-2 years of applicable work experience
-Self-starter with strong project management and leadership experience
-Superior oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills
-Completion of graduate-level finance coursework by the summer of 2020
-A passion for solving environmental challenges
-Eligibility to work in the United States during the summer of 2020

Desired Qualifications:
-Strong financial and quantitative skills, including project valuation
-Demonstrated experience working on energy efficiency, clean energy or sustainability projects
-Proficiency in quantitative and qualitative data analysis
-Understanding of greenhouse gas emissions accounting and reporting frameworks (e.g., CDP, GHG Protocol, The Climate Registry)
-All selected EDF Climate Corps fellows will attend a week-long training in May 2020

Pre-proposal Conference:

Each year, EDF Climate Corps staff and fellow alumni host virtual information sessions about our fellowship program. This year’s sessions will be held on:
Wednesday, October 23rd at 3pm Eastern/12pm Pacific- register here:

Tuesday, November 19th 12pm Eastern/9am Pacific- register here:

Pre-Application Information:

For early consideration and the best opportunity to be matched with your preferred host organization, please apply by December 2, 2019 11:59 pm PT.

The final application deadline is January 6, 2020 11:59 pm PT

Application Process:
-Apply: Apply online using the link in the Contact Information field below.

-Video interview: If you apply in the first round, your interview will be somewhere between January and mid-February. If you apply in the second round, it will take place mid-February to March.

-Matching: While you cannot apply for a specific host organization, during the matching process EDF will provide an up-to-date list of participating organizations and projects. You will be able to indicate organizations you have a high interest in during the interview process. If you apply by December, you get to choose from a more robust list of companies. Matches with host companies will happen in two waves, at the end of February for early applicants and at the end of March for regular applicants. You are given two weeks to accept the match from EDF Climate Corps.

-Accepting a match: After you accept the match to be an EDF Climate Corps fellow, you will be connected with your potential host organization supervisor for final confirmation. This conversation is an opportunity for you and the host to get to know one another and ensure a successful match.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.