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Schneider Fellowships

Quarter-long full-time, 
One-year full-time
Environmental Sustainability

Through the Schneider Fellows program, Stanford students work at leading U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the sustainable energy field.

Fellows spend a summer quarter or one year tackling the world’s economic, environmental, social, and technical challenges associated with harnessing energy resources to deliver energy services.

Fellows receive a stipend of $9,000 for a 12-week summer fellowship. In addition, funds are available for fellowship-related travel. One-year fellows receive a competitive salary with benefits.

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. Stephen 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. For 18 years he served as a professor at Stanford University, where he had a lasting impact on countless students and alumni.


The Schneider Fellows program is open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.

Fellows commit to working 12 weeks for the summer program or one year at their host NGO.

Generally, summer fellowships begin in June and the one-year fellowships begin in September. 

The NGOs will receive and screen candidate applications. There are no limits to the number of fellowships to which applicants may apply. 

NGOs and Fellowships

2021 fellowship opportunities are posted below.

2021-22 Yearlong Fellowship Opportunities

Natural Resources Defense Council

Midwest Sustainable Energy & Climate Fellow - Chicago, IL

Eastern Sustainable Energy & Climate Fellow - New York, NY

Western Sustainable Energy & Climate Fellows - San Francisco, CA

Federal Climate and Clean Energy Policy Analysis Fellow - Washington, DC or New York, NY

2021 Summer Fellowship Opportunities

National Audubon Society

California Policy Team – San Francisco or Sacramento, CA

Federal Policy Team – Washington, DC

Environmental Defense Fund


Resilient Ocean-based Food Systems (Oceans Program) - Austin, TX

Vehicle Electrification Research & Analysis, California (Energy Program) - Los Angeles, CA

Vehicle Electrification Research & Analysis, Texas (Energy Program) - Austin, TX

NY.NJ Clean Trucks Deployment (Energy Program) - New York, NY

Economic Policy (OCE) - Boulder, CO

Technology Initiatives Communications Intern (Oceans Program) - Remote

Permian Basin Campaign Data Analysis (Energy Program) - Remote

Natural Resources Defense Council

Climate and Clean Energy/International – San Francisco, CA  

People and Communities, American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC)  - San Francisco, CA

Climate and Clean Energy – San Francisco, CA

People and Communities, Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) – Chicago,IL

Climate and Clean Energy Program – Washington, D.C.

Rocky Mountain Institute

2-3 Fellowships will be offered at RMI. View the possible opportunities here and apply through the RMI application portal to be considered - Washington, D.C.; New York; and Boulder or Basalt, CO

Union of Concerned Scientists

The US Power Sector: Ensuring a Just and Equitable Transition to Clean Energy (2 Fellows) – Cambridge, MA or Washington, D.C.

United Nations Foundation

Climate Science Research; Energy, Climate & Environment Department – Washington, D.C.

U.S. Green Building Council 

Performance-based Green Building – Washington, D.C.
Data & Analytics – Washington, D.C.
Global Market Development – Washington, D.C.

World Resources Institute

Aqueduct Water-Energy Nexus – Washington, D.C.

One additional fellowship - coming soon


Other, Summer


United States


January 20, 2021 | 11:59 PM

Open To

Graduate Students


Offered By

Haas Center for Public Service
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