Breakthrough Institute’s Generation Fellowships: Apply by February 12

Breakthrough Generation, an initiative in the Breakthrough Institute’s (an environmental research center located in Oakland, California) research program, to foster the development of a new generation of thinkers and writers capable of finding pragmatic new solutions to today’s greatest challenges in the areas of energy, economy, and environment has invited applications for the Generation Fellowship.

Generation offers a limited number of paid ($600 per week), highly competitive, ten-week fellowships every summer from June to August, to recent college graduates and postgraduates from around the world. Additional travel and housing assistance stipends are available upon acceptance based on an as-needed basis.

The first two weeks of the summer are dedicated to Breakthrough Bootcamp and for remainder of the fellowship, fellows work in small teams divided between three program areas: Energy, Cities, or Food & Farming. Supervised by policy staff, fellows produce policy white papers, reports, and memos.

In addition to research and analysis, fellows attend the Breakthrough Dialogue-an opportunity to interact with the leading thinkers, writers, and scholars in the study of society and the environment, as well as attend talks, debates, and working groups within Breakthrough’s different program areas.

Eligibility: Final-year undergraduates, college graduates, and postgraduates are eligible to apply for the fellowship. Fellowships are open to applicants from any country.

Application: Application can be submitted latest by 11:59 pm, Pacific Time on February 12, 2021, at the Fellowship link at

Applicants need to provide (i) basic information (ii) a cover letter indicating the research area in which applicant is to be considered from among Energy, Cities, or Food & Farming (iii) resume or CV (maximum 2 pages) (iv) references (minimum of three professional references with contact information) (v) three writing samples (which can be a 500-1000-word argumentative essay, a research paper and an additional writing sample of applicant’s choosing). Guidelines are available at the website. All uploaded documents must be in PDF format.

There are two rounds of phone interviews before final decisions are made.

Breakthrough normally hosts the Generation Fellowship in its offices in Oakland. Breakthrough Generation Fellowship is expected to be hosted in person again in 2021, but plans will be adjusted according to the latest public health guidelines.

For details, visit ‘Fellowships’ link at

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