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Climate Leaders Fellowship

Climate Leaders Fellowship

The Climate Leaders Fellowship is a leadership development program for students (age 14-18) interested in climate change and environmental sustainability, and is provided by a collaboration between the Stanford University Deliberative Democracy Lab, the Rustic Pathways Foundation and Rustic Pathways.

Dates: October 13 – December 11, 2023

Deadline to apply: September 22, 2023

Cost: Pay What You Want


Accepted Fellows will:

  • Design and implement a volunteer project in your community aimed to reduce the impact and harms of climate change.
  • Be placed into a cohort with other like-minded high school students from across the world working on the same project. This means you’ll get to collaborate with other Fellows in your cohort while retaining the ability to customize and personalize your individual project based on your local community’s needs.
  • Get support from a cohort facilitator from Stanford or Rustic Pathways, who will provide guidance, answer questions, and coordinate virtual collaboration opportunities via Zoom meetings, email, and/or messaging.

In Their Own Words

“It was amazing. I was an introvert, but I got to communicate with people from other countries. It got me out of my comfort zone, and the other students had a bunch of good ideas.”

Sanjay Kumar | Johor, Malaysia

“You don’t have to know much about climate change and activism to join. If you are just starting, it’s a great introduction, but if you are already involved, it’s also a great way to motivate you. It’s inspirational hearing other people’s ideas and see them doing their best… I would definitely recommend it to everyone who wants to help.”

Ella Perin | Durham, North Carolina

Program Details

There will be a live weekly Zoom event each week, with half of the events required, and half optional. Outside of Zoom events, Fellows will be expected to plan and implement their projects. All told, we expect the Fellowship to take on average 2-3 hours per week.

Dates: October 13 – December 11, 2023

Deadline to apply:September 22, 2023

Cost: Pay What You Want – Join for no cost, and at the end of the program, you decide how valuable this program was for you.

The Rustic Pathways Climate Leaders Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for students to take the drivers seat within education for advocating awareness of climate change. The students ran a very successful campaign and really developed a wide range of skills throughout this which adds so much value to their skills set which can be used in or outside the classroom.

Quote by: Helen Maisey Geography Teacher, Tenby International School (Malaysia)

Individuals who complete the Fellowship will:

  • Receive a certificate of volunteer hours from Rustic Pathways and the Stanford Deliberative Democracy Lab for hours they committed to the fellowship. For Fellows who are based in the US, all hours spent on the Fellowship will also count toward the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Past participants have earned an average of 20 volunteer hours.
  • Have a specific story of community impact that showcases their leadership abilities to inspire others and highlight for other college, job, and/or scholarship applications.
  • Be invited to highlight their project and story on Rustic Pathways’ social media and/or website.

What Past Fellows Say

A transformative and invaluable experience for me

Julia Masuda | Yokohama, JapanStudent image

I really loved that I got to interact with students from different parts of the world and learn from them

Pichamon Pongnonthachai | Bangkok, ThailandStudent image

It was an eye opening experience … to create positive change

Julienne Adams | Ashland, Oregonstudent image