Atlas Corps Fellowship for Climate Change and Environmental Professionals

Priority Application Deadline: May 31, 2022

The Atlas Corps Fellowship engages global professionals committed to social impact in 12-month US-based or 14-month Blended Fellowships where they serve with organizations in the U.S. to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global leaders. For more information about the Fellowship and the benefits of participating, visit programs.atlascorps.org.

Atlas Corps is seeking global professionals with experience and passion for working on climate change and environmental issues to apply for the Atlas Corps Fellowship beginning in late 2022 and 2023. Fellows will serve full-time at mission-driven organizations and help the world progress towards the achievement of the sustainable development goals by working on initiatives that protect the planet, combat the threat of climate change, or promote clean energy and sustainable ecosystems. These Fellowships support the Atlas Corps mission of strengthening U.S.-based organizations by enabling a Fellow to grow their leadership and contribute their international experience and expertise to an organization’s environmental and climate change programs.

Atlas Corps is specifically looking for candidates with a background in project/program management, policy/advocacy, or partnership building/business development who may use their skills and expertise in the following issue areas:

Sustainability / Environmental Social Governance (ESG)

  • Supporting and measuring an organization’s commitment to sustainability in manners such as: fulfillment to key sustainable development goals, climate change/carbon reduction, biodiversity loss, and safeguarding the environment while performing essential business/programming.
  • Building and implementing an organization’s commitment to sustainability through third-party partnerships and/or programming based on environmental issue areas.

Environmental Protection & Biodiversity Conservation

  • Promoting sustainability and resiliency of the world’s ecosystems such as air, water (oceans, waterways, lakes), forests (rainforests, carbon sinks), and land (resource conservation).
  • Land-use in the areas of green agriculture (technology and practices) and green urban design (low-emission, climate-resilient societies).

Clean & Sustainable Energy

  • Policy-making and expanding the utilization of bio-energies such as wind, water, solar, and other clean energy sources.
  • Combating climate change through measuring impacts and contributing to solutions such as de-carbonization, ending or limiting the use of fossil fuels, and ensuring climate accountability.

*Please Note: the above descriptions are only examples and not intended to be a comprehensive overview of every environmental or climate change issue. The Fellows’ role and daily responsibilities vary from organization to organization. Before accepting a Fellowship role, candidates will be given a position description and directly interviewed with an organization to help determine whether or not a Host Organization placement is a good match for their skills, experience, and professional development goals.

Opportunities to Connect with Atlas Corps Fellows Globally

Fellows will also participate in the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab professional development series to develop their leadership skills and engage in networking opportunities with Atlas Corps Fellows from around the world. There is also the opportunity to participate in group cultural activities throughout the year such as a D.C. Monuments Tour, sporting events, U.S. holiday celebrations, and more. In addition to building connections with peers during the Fellowship, alumni will also join the Atlas Corps network of 1,200+ rising leaders from 112+ countries.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

Candidates for this fellowship must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
  • English proficiency (oral, writing, reading);
  • Age 35 or younger when the Fellowship begins;
  • Citizens from most countries (except the U.S.) are eligible to apply to the Fellowship. Please see information on current country restrictions here;
  • Commitment to return to your home country after the 12-month US-based Fellowship or 14-month Blended Fellowship;
  • Commitment to addressing critical social issues in your country or region;
  • Commitment to living on a basic stipend that covers food, shared housing, and local transportation;
  • Received a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization by the program start date;
  • Two years of professional experience on environmental and climate change initiatives, preferably in project/program management, policy/advocacy, or partnership building/business development.
Desired Eligibility Criteria

Soft Skills

  • Organizational and time management skills;
  • Detail-oriented;
  • Self-Starter;
  • Multi-tasker with the ability to manage multiple processes simultaneously;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to comfortably work with people from across the globe, as well as an ability to work with different working styles;
  • Flexibility, open-mindedness, and tolerance for uncertainty and risk;
  • Problem-solving ability and critical thinking skills;
  • Comfort and passion in discussing environmental and climate change topics and demonstrating expertise; and
  • Networker/community-builder around key issues.

Two years of experience in one of the following skill areas:

  • Project/Program Management – managing projects and programs focused on issue areas described above, supporting programming for working groups, multilateral partnerships, alliances or coalitions to promote engagement, action, and knowledge-sharing, engaging participants on content and action around these issues, or managing ESG or internal sustainability projects.
  • Policy/Advocacy – researching and identifying opportunities to answer policy-relevant questions or challenges, developing organizational policies and best practices, creating and/or advocating policy solutions within local, national, international legal & governance structures, building coalitions and/or developing and running communication campaigns around actions and policies.
  • Partnership Building/Business Development – building and managing member networks or partners working on these critical issues, developing proposals and concept notes for funding, or reviewing and vetting proposals for funding.

*Please note: Applicants do not need to possess all of the desired eligibility criteria. However, competitive candidates for this opportunity will meet some of the preferred eligibility criteria.

Application Process

Does this sound like the right opportunity for you? Applicants interested in a Climate Change and Environmental Fellowship should go through the same online application process as other applicants for the Atlas Corps Fellowship. Visit apply.atlascorps.org to learn more and start your application now for Fellowships beginning in late 2022 and 2023. The deadline to receive priority consideration for a Fellowship is May 31, 2022.

Reviewed the eligibility requirements above and want advice on whether your professional background is the best fit for this opportunity? Before applying, email your resume to apply@atlascorps.org with the subject “Climate Change and Environmental Fellowship” and we’ll let you know if you should apply or not. Please note that you MUST have two years of relevant work experience and be 35 years or younger to apply.

If you are not eligible for this initiative, learn more about other priority areas at apply.atlascorps.org.

Application Tips

Mark Social Issue Area 1 on your application as energy/environmental issues. Other related social issue areas, such as food security/agriculture and wildlife/animal welfare, should be marked on your application as a secondary area of expertise.

Mark Skill 1 on your application as project/program management, policy/advocacy, or partnership building/business development. Please note: Research/report writing could be a strong secondary skill for policy and advocacy applicants. However, it should be marked as Skill 2 since Atlas Corps is not currently recruiting research Fellows.

Want more details on the Fellowship? Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question isn’t answered there, please email apply@atlascorps.org.

Meet our Climate Change and Environmental Protection Fellows

Elijah Mensah
Ghana (Host: Keep America Beautiful)
Julie Lwando
Zambia (Host: Save the Children)
Olumide Idowu
Nigeria ( Host: Creating IT Futures )
Vanessa Alexandra Prado Baltodano
Nicaragua (Host: The Nature Conservancy)


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