Applications open for Breakthrough Institute's Generation Fellowship 2021

Are you a recent undergraduate or postgraduate student looking for a fellowship? The Breakthrough Institute has invited applications for Generation Fellowship 2021. Read this article to learn about the fellowship, fellowship amount, eligibility, application procedure and application submission deadline.

About the Fellowship

The Breakthrough Institute, located in Oakland, California, is a global environmental research centre. The institute works on environmental matters like climate change, energy, human development challenges, economic growth, innovation and conservation etc. Breakthrough work with a vision that people and nature develop together. They believe that by technological advancement, especially in the field of energy and agriculture, human beings can reduce their need for natural resources. Climate change can also be prevented by using clean energy technologies. They support the development of new generation thinkers and writers who can search for new solutions to the problems of energy and environment.

Details of Fellowship

Initially, the selected fellows will attend Breakthrough Bootcamp up to two weeks of the summer wherein they will be engaged in intensive reading and writing under an intellectual crash course and also exposed to expert lecture series. In these expert lectures, they will be informed Breakthrough's policy agenda, aspirational politics and philosophy, modernization theory, economics and innovation policy, social psychology, and technology policy.

After two weeks, fellows will be divided into small 3 teams and work together. Each team will select a program from Energy, Cities or Food & Farming. They will be supervised by policy staff. The outcome of the fellowship reports, policy white papers, and memos. Fellows will also attend the Breakthrough Dialogue, talks, debates etc. and interact with the scholars, writers and leading thinkers and work for the society and the environment.

Duration of Fellowship: The Breakthrough Institute offers a 10-week Generation Fellowship from June to August every year.

Amount of Fellowship: Selected fellows will be paid $600 per week.

Other Benefits: Additional travel and housing assistance stipends are available upon acceptance based on an as-needed basis.

Location of Breakthrough Fellowship

The Breakthrough Institute hosts fellowship at their office in Oakland. But due to COVID-19 pandemic situation, the fellowship will be hosted remotely by the institute.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any national can apply for the fellowship program.
  • The students who are in the final year of under-graduation, graduates and final year of post-graduation can apply for the Breakthrough Fellowship.

Application Procedure

The applicants who are interested to apply for the Breakthrough 2021 Generation Fellowship can apply online through the online application by visiting the Official website of The Breakthrough Institute form while applications are open. The applicants need to fill an application form online and provide all the required details like Name, Email ID, Current level of study, etc. All the red asterisk marked fields are mandatory and required to fill. The candidates need to select the program from the drop-down menu. There are three programs: Climate and Energy, Food & Agriculture and Cities. After uploading the documents application must be submitted online. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Document to be upload

Following documents are to be uploaded online (in PDF format only):
  1. Cover letter: The candidate must mention any research areas from Energy, Cities, or Food & Farming in which he/she wants to pursue his/her research on the top of the Cover letter. The cover letter must be concise and limited to a maximum of one-page only.
  2. Resume or CV: A resume or CV (maximum 2-pages) must be submitted along with the application form.
  3. References: The candidate will have to submit three professional references and their contact details.
  4. Three writing samples: 1) An argumentative essay on any subject of your choice in the 500-1000 word. It must be published nowhere. This writing sample must show critical thinking and general writing skills of the candidate.
    2) A research paper, published or unpublished, should reveal the analysing and research ability of the student. It must be written between 15-20 pages.
    3) Third writing sample may be a research paper, an opinion piece, a policy memo, or any other piece of work.
  5. Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation may be sent by the author directly to Breakthrough and not by the applicant. However, submission of a letter of recommendation is not mandatory. Recommendation letters can be attached with the applications or set separately at the email ID and mention in the subject line "[Last Name] Generation Application References".

Intimation of Result

Application review will be done after receiving of applications and acceptances will be given after the final deadline is over. Final selection of candidates will be done through two rounds of phone interviews. Intimation of the final selection will be done within two to four weeks after the application deadline.

Application Submission DeadlineThe last date to apply is February 12, 2021, 11:59 pm, Pacific Time.

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