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Schneider Fellows

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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.
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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. 
Fellowship opportunities for 2019 will be posted in mid-November of 2018.
Meet the 2018 Schneider Fellows
NGOs and Fellowships
2019 Yearlong Fellowship Opportunities
Natural Resources Defense Council
1-year Fellowships (4 Fellowships) –Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC
2019 Summer Fellowship Opportunities
Climate Change Campaign Policy and Communications Fellows – Washington, D.C.
Environmental Defense Fund
Clean Energy –San Francisco, CA
Air Quality & Community Impacts of Oil & Gas Development –San Francisco, CA
Oil & Gas Mountain West/Tribal Lands - Boulder, CO
Natural Resources Defense Council
Fellowships (5 Fellowships) – Santa Monica, San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C. & Denver
Rocky Mountain Institute
RMI Fellowships (2 Fellowships) – New York, NY; Washington, D.C.; Basalt or Boulder, CO (most likely)
Union of Concerned Scientists
Climate and Energy (2 Fellowships) – Cambridge, MA
United Nations Foundation
Energy Access – Washington, D.C.
Energy and Climate – Washington, D.C.
U.S. Green Building Council 
Climate Risk & Resilience; Energy Supply Research (2 Fellowships) –Washington, D.C.
World Resources Institute
Aqueduct Water-Energy Nexus; Power Sector Data Science (2 Fellowships) – Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by: 
Haas Center for Public Service
External or Stanford Fellowship: 
Open to: 
Graduate students

For more information, please contact Jon McConnell (summer opportunities) or Juaquin Sims (year-long opportunities)

1 year program