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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 Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University, the Rustic Pathways Foundation and Rustic Pathways.

The next cycle of the Fellowship will take place from February 28 to April 30.

The application is currently closed. Sign up below to be alerted when we offer the next cycle of the Climate Leaders Fellowship in early Summer 2022.

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.

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: February 28 to April 30

Deadline to apply: February 4

Cost: Free

Individuals who complete the Fellowship will:

  • Receive a certificate of volunteer hours from Rustic Pathways and the Stanford Center for Deliberative Democracy 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