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Call for Applications: Climate Security Fellows 2023-2024

The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), an institute of the Council on Strategic Risks, is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2023-2024 Climate Security Fellowship. 

In the last few years, extreme weather, food and energy crises, and global competition over clean energy have underscored the security implications of climate change, prompting the Biden Administration to order climate change be placed at the center of U.S. national security and foreign policy. To meet this goal, there is a need for increased capacity on the part of the U.S. security and climate workforces to think and act more broadly and deeply on climate security. The Climate Security Fellowship creates a space for mid-career professionals to explore the impact of climate on security and security on climate while building a network of professionals working at this nexus. 

The Climate Security Fellowship will run for nine months (September 2023–May 2024) with one two-hour meeting each month, held virtually. Meetings will involve outside speakers, reading, and group discussion exploring different aspects of climate security such as climate finance, food and water security, military and intelligence services, and strategic competition. 

To Apply: 

Eligibility Requirements: 

The fellowship is open to U.S. citizens with a minimum of 5 years of work experience in climate- or security-related issues or 2 years and a related Master’s degree, and a proven interest in pursuing a career related to climate security.


Fellows can be located anywhere with strong internet access for conducting regular video conferences. There will likely be occasional optional in-person socializing and networking opportunities for those based in the Washington D.C. metro area. 

Application Requirements:

All applicants should complete an application form at the link below and provide a 1-page resume, 1-page cover letter, and a short response (200-400 words) to the following question: “What is a security risk related to climate change that you think is underappreciated by U.S. policymakers, and why?”

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on July 15, 2023. 

CSR 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 status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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