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Schneider Fellows

Monday, January 21, 2019
Deadline Month: 

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.

Watch Stephen Schneider's Climate One montage:

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. 

Meet the 2018 Schneider Fellows

NGOs and Fellowships

2019 Yearlong Fellowship Opportunities

Natural Resources Defense Council

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.

Environmental Defense Fund

Clean Energy: Puerto Rico New York, NY
Securing State-level Climate Policy Washington, D.C. or Boulder, CO
Zero Emission Trucks and Human Health - Boston, MA

Natural Resources Defense Council

NRDC Fellowships (5 Fellows)  Santa Monica, San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C. & Denver

Rocky Mountain Institute

RMI Fellowships (2 Fellows) – Locations Vary

Union of Concerned Scientists

Climate and Energy (2 Fellows) – Cambridge, MA

United Nations Foundation

Energy Access – Washington, D.C.
Energy and Climate: Powering Health Care – Washington, D.C.

U.S. Green Building Council 

Climate Risk & Resilience; Energy Supply Research; Zero Carbon Buildings; Building Electrification (2 Fellows) Washington, D.C.

World Resources Institute

Aqueduct Water-Energy Nexus - Washington, D.C.
Power Sector Data Science – 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