Through the Schneider Fellows program, Stanford students work at leading U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the sustainable energy field. Fellows spend a quarter tackling the world’s economic, environmental, social, and technical challenges associated with harnessing energy resources to deliver energy services.
Fellows receive a stipend of $8,500 for a 12-week fellowship. In addition, funds are available for fellowship-related travel. One-year fellowship compensation will be based on a nonprofit scale and will include consideration of degrees held, professional training, and years of relevant experience. The Haas Center creates and funds the fellowships; the NGO is the employer.
The program is named in honor of Stephen H. Schneider (1945-2010), an internationally renowned expert on climate science and a leader in promoting solutions to address climate change. Dr. Schneider pioneered interdisciplinary research and policy analysis that underpinned many influential climate science publications, including the first four annual reports of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He served as a professor at Stanford University for 18 years where he had a lasting impact on countless students and alumni.
The Schneider Fellows program was established in 2001 under the name "MAP Sustainable Energy Fellows." Since then, 205 fellowships have been completed with partner NGOs, adding up to more than 93 years (full-time-equivalent) of service.
Eligibility and Selection
The Schneider Fellows program is open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. Students who have already received a three-month Schneider fellowship are eligible for the one-year NRDC fellowships only. Fellows commit to working 12 weeks or one year at their NGOs. Generally, fellowships begin in June, but the start date is often flexible, to be agreed upon by the Fellow and the NGO. The NGOs will receive and screen candidate applications. There are no limits to the number of fellowships to which applicants may apply.
2019 Yearlong Fellowship Opportunities
1-year Fellowships (4 Fellows) –Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC
2019 Summer Fellowship Opportunities
Climate Change Campaign Policy and Communications Fellows (2 Fellows) – Washington, D.C.
NRDC Fellowships (5 Fellows) – Santa Monica, San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C. & Denver
RMI Fellowships (2 Fellows) – New York, NY; Washington, D.C.; Basalt or Boulder, CO (most likely)
Climate and Energy (2 Fellows) – Cambridge, MA
Climate Risk & Resilience; Energy Supply Research; Zero Carbon Buildings; Building Electrification (2 Fellows) –Washington, D.C.