A climate-focused iteration of the Hub Fellowship that trains technical experts in climate change on the policy process
The climate cohort of the Hub Fellowship is a 10-week, full-time, paid program that trains engineers, scientists, technologists, and business experts who already understand climate how to better apply their ideas to policy. Jointly hosted by the Aspen Tech Policy Hub and the Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program, the first climate cohort is tentatively scheduled from June 2 to August 12, 2022. The program will be a mixture of in-person and online learning, pending COVID-19 restrictions. Applicants of all backgrounds with technical expertise in climate change are eligible to apply. Admitted applicants receive an $18,000 stipend to enable their participation.
Read the full press release announcing the climate cohort here.
The climate fellowship program brings together the expertise and network of the Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program with the curriculum and training ability of the Tech Policy Hub. The joint cohort will follow the Hub’s Fellowship training model consisting of two blocks: (1) a policy bootcamp that teaches fellows the basics of policymaking; and (2) a final project where fellows are required to create at least one practical policy output—for instance, mock legislation, toolkits for policymakers, white papers, op-eds, or an app.
Like all Hub Fellowship cohorts, the climate cohort will include:
- An orientation introducing fellows to the fellowship, to the other fellows, and to the policymaking process;
- Regularly scheduled classes exploring what policy is, how to identify problems, defining alternatives, developing relevant outputs, and communicating to stakeholders;
- Action-oriented practical exercises, such as ‘how to write a policy memo’ or ‘how to give an elevator pitch’, founded on real world problems provided by our partners;
- Mandatory morning pitch meetings for sharing ideas in progress;
- Partnerships with experienced policy mentors who can help provide project guidance;
- Practical resources, including designers, copy editors, legal experts, and communications specialists to facilitate projects; and
- Evening dinners with top corporate and government policy experts, sharing off the record experiences about how things get done.
The climate cohort will also include programming specific to climate policy issues, including interventions from guest experts in the field.
To ‘exit’ the program at the conclusion of the fellowship, Hub fellows share their outputs during a meeting with a relevant stakeholder, which could be a federal or state government employee, company employee, standards body, or other stakeholders relevant to the issue.
Applications are currently open for the Summer 2022 Aspen Climate Cohort until 11:59pm PT on Monday, February 28, 2022. We encourage prospective applicants to join us at our informational webinars on January 27, February 8, and February 22. Register here.
While all climate STEM experts and executives are welcome to apply to our programs, for our climate program, we are particularly interested in applications who are passionate about problems in these four priority areas:
- Clean energy and technology
- Oceans and waters
- Carbon dioxide removal
- Social justice and protecting disadvantaged communities from the negative effects of climate change
Applicants will be automatically considered for the Savilla Pitt Memorial Fellowship, awarded to one member of each incoming Aspen Tech Policy Hub cohort. Please see here to learn more about the Memorial Fellowship.
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