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Climate and Security Fellowship Program Risk Briefers 2019

Climate Security Fellowship Program Risks Briefers 2019_Report CoverThe Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG) is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Climate and Security Fellowship Program Risks Briefers. This report compiles a series of forward-thinking analysis from the inaugural class of Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG) Fellows. The CSAG Fellows spent a year meeting with top climate and security experts, and considering the security implications of climate change in the context of their work, both inside and outside government, their studies, and the pressing security issues facing the world today.

Some fellows saw firsthand the impact of a changing climate on Naval Station Norfolk, and all witnessed the relevance of climate security risks to their day-to-day professional experiences. The task for this report was clear: write a short brief on a climate security matter that is interesting and requires much more attention. The resulting report is therefore a window into how emerging leaders within the climate security field view the critical issues of the present and future, and what to do about them. It is not unprecedented for the security community to miss key trends because of a focus on other pressing matters of the day. Perhaps this report will help ensure that the climate security topics within its pages do not go unnoticed.

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 CSAG Fellows for a job well done. May they continue to shed light on this important field, and may the security community heed their concerns.

The CSAG Fellowship program is also completing its call for applications for its 2019 Climate Security Fellowship Program, a collaborative effort of the American Security Project, the Center for Climate and Security and the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program. Applications are due by 5pm Eastern Standard Time on September 30, 2019.

In response to increasing demand for mentorship and increased interest in career pathways for climate and security practitioners, the Climate and Security Advisory Group has developed a community-wide Climate Security Fellowship Program. It is the first professional organization for emerging leaders seeking meaningful careers at the intersection of climate change and security.

The program connects established climate security experts with prospective future leaders through a year-long program. Fellows will develop relations with cohort members, gain experience through research and writing, and network with leading practitioners through monthly roundtable discussions with subject matter experts. Ultimately, fellows will play a leading role in expanding the climate and security network of the next generation and contribute to a collective report.

The program will run from October 2019 – May 2020. Fellowship events will be hosted at partner organization offices in Washington, DC.

To Apply:

Eligibility Requirements

The Climate Security Fellows Program is open to applicants with at minimum a Bachelors degree and proven interest in pursuing a career that works to address climate security risks.


Fellows must be able to attend monthly lunches or early evening discussions in Washington, DC.

Application Requirements

All applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample under 700 words to Esther Babson at ebabson at

Please title all documents sent in the following format: Last Name_Resume; Last Name_LetterofInterest; Last Name_WritingSample

Applications are due by 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on September 30, 2019.

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