NYSERDA is seeking applications from organizations who wish to host a full-time Climate Justice Fellow for 1 year. NYSERDA will fund the fellow’s salary as well as professional development training/mentoring and/or wrap-around services. Fellows must be members of a priority population. Host organizations must be working to advance climate justice and clean energy priorities for disadvantaged communities. It is anticipated that fellows from priority populations will work with community-based organizations, universities, municipalities, climate tech innovators/start-ups, venture development organizations and clean energy businesses.
It is expected that fellows will assist with community engagement activities (e.g., plan, policy, or project), support clean energy project development and implementation, facilitate partnership building, support clean energy innovation companies, or engage in other projects related to advancing climate justice and clean energy priorities in disadvantaged communities. NYSERDA anticipates funding approximately 150 fellowships through 2024, and will work with State and federal agencies, non-profits, foundations, and other partners to leverage existing resources, wrap-around services, training, and professional development opportunities. For eligible host employers, the total award amount is capped at $40k per fellow.
A total of $6 Million in funding is available for this program. Applications from eligible host employers will be accepted on a continuous first-come, first-served basis until funds are expended. Funding may be adjusted based on demand and availability of additional funds.
Host employers must submit a Host Employer Application to confirm their eligibility for the program. Once selected host employers will then be invited to identify fellows, by submitting Fellow Candidate Applications, or selecting them from NYSERDA’s fellow directory. Upon approval of the fellow candidate, the host employers submit Fellowship Applications. After a brief review and approval period, fellows can begin work. Fellows across different organizations will be assembled into cohorts on a quarterly basis and additional support services for fellows will be offered for 12 months per cohort.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis until December 29, 2023 by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.