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Call for Applications for the 2021-22 Climate Security Fellows

The Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG) is pleased to announce a call for applications for its Climate Security Fellowship Program, a collaborative program of the Center for Climate and Security, the American Security Project, and the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program.

In response to the need for increased capacity on the part of the U.S. government to tackle climate insecurity, and a need for strong mentorship for aspiring climate and security practitioners, the Climate and Security Advisory Group developed a Climate Security Fellows Program which launched in 2018 (see information on previous classes here). It is the first professional fellowship program for emerging leaders seeking meaningful careers at the intersection of climate change and security.

The program for 2021-2022 will have three components:

Learning from Government, Nonprofits and the Private Sector: The program will introduce the fellows to climate change-related policymakers and researchers at the White House, in national security agencies (DoD, State, USAID, Homeland Security, and ODNI), U.S. scientific agencies (NOAA, NASA, USGCRP, the National Academies of Science), and in Congress. The fellows will also participate in discussions with nonprofit and private sector leaders on climate security, as well as international partners. 

Strengthening Analytic and Communications Skills: Program participants will have the opportunity to conduct research and publish climate security briefers on new or emerging topics not widely discussed in the literature. 

Ongoing Mentoring and Networking: All participants will have the opportunity to network with leading practitioners and develop mentorship relationships. They will also be part of a growing network of program alums for collaboration and ongoing networking.

The program will run from September 2021- May 2022. Fellowship events will be held virtually, with the possible option for some in person gatherings for those fellows located in Washington, DC as health and safety conditions permit. 

To Apply:

Eligibility Requirements:

The Climate Security Fellows Program is open to applicants with a minimum of 5 years of work experience in a relevant field or a Master’s Degree, and a proven interest in pursuing a career in which they can incorporate issues related to climate security. 


Fellows can be located in any geographic location with strong Internet access for conducting regular video conferences.

Application Requirements:

All applicants should complete an application form at this link and provide a resume, cover letter, and a short response (400 words max) to the following question: Why is climate change a national security risk to the United States? 

Applications are due by 5:00 pm ET on June 25, 2021.

The Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG)

The CSAG is a voluntary, non-partisan group of U.S.-based military, national security, homeland security, intelligence and foreign policy experts from a broad range of institutions, focused on developing policies for addressing the security implications of climate change. The CSAG is chaired by the Center for Climate and Security, an institute of the Council on Strategic Risks, in partnership with the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. 

The Council on Strategic Risks is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee, job applicant, subcontractor, prospective subcontractor, volunteer or prospective volunteer on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


  1. Armen Asryan says:

    Hi, can non-US nationals apply ? Thanks!

  2. Caitlin Werrell and Francesco Femia says:


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