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Seeking Climate CoLab Fellows

SEEKING: MIT Climate CoLab Fellows

MIT’s Climate CoLab ( is an online platform where thousands of people from around the world work with experts and each other to create, analyze, and select detailed proposals for what to do about climate change.  In 2015, the Climate CoLab is running a suite of contests on topics such as energy efficiency and engaging the public, as well as on specific regions around the world.

We are seeking Fellows to oversee its 2015 contests over the next six months.

Fellows have expertise in fields related to climate change and are eager to support a diverse online community in developing new, creative solutions.  They work in small, virtual teams to coordinate and advance the activity on one contest within the Climate CoLab. A leader within the project, Fellow can expect to:

  • Liaise with senior experts, who serve as contest Advisors and Judges;
  • Update contest materials to reflect current challenges in that sector;
  • Research and write sample proposals for the platform;
  • Promote the contest online and help guide contest entrants;
  • Review proposals and facilitate the judging process;
  • Work as a close, committed team and be in weekly communication with Climate CoLab staff.

Time Commitment

Fellows commit to spending 1-2 hours per week on average over the course of the contest.  In addition, Fellows must be available to commit 5-7 hours per week during their contest’s two rounds of judging.  The two judging periods vary depending on the contest: 

Sector contests: May 18-29 and June 15-26
Regional contests: June 8-July 2 and July 16-Aug 6


  • Graduate student, doctorate candidate or professional with deep knowledge in one or more subject areas related to climate change;
  • Strong interpersonal and English writing skills;
  • Demonstrated interest in mentoring others and working with teams remotely;
  • Ability to commit to time schedule noted above.

Fellowships are unpaid and all activities are completed online or over the phone.  No traveling required.

To apply, please complete the form below by February 13, 2015.

We are also seeking Impact Assessment Fellows.  To view this application, please click here.

Posted Feb. 2, 2015.