Seeking Climate CoLab Fellows

Updated December 15, 2015

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 2016, the Climate CoLab is running a suite of contests on topics such as energy efficiency, transportation, adaptation, and engaging the public, as well as on specific regions around the world.

We are seeking Fellows to work closely with the Climate CoLab staff to coordinate the 2016 contests.

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 weekly both individually and with their small, virtual team to coordinate and advance the activity on one contest within the Climate CoLab.  A 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;
  • Lead outreach efforts to promote the contest on- and off-line;
  • Moderate contests to help guide contest entrants;
  • Review proposals and support the Judges who evaluate proposals;
  • Work as a close, committed team and be in ongoing communication with Climate CoLab staff.


As leaders within the project, this role requires a strong and ongoing commitment for the duration of the contest.  The time commitment is a minimum two hours per week on average over the course of the contest, and in addition, Fellows must be available to commit 5-7 hours per week as the contests are prepared in January and during their contest’s two rounds of judging, which will likely be in May and June.


  • Accomplished graduate student, doctorate candidate or professional with deep knowledge in one or more of the Climate CoLab's key subject areas (see past contests);
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Fluency or near fluency in English (writing);
  • Demonstrated interest in coordinating contest activities listed above;
  • Ability to adhere to the time commitment noted above.

Fellowships are unpaid and all activities are completed online or over the phone.   No traveling is required.  Letters of recommendation can be given upon succesful completion of the Fellows program (upon request).

To apply, please complete the form below by January 3, 2015, 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  (Click here to open the form in a new window.) 

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