Breakthrough Research Fellowships

Deadline: applications are considered on a rolling basis
Open to: outstanding researchers and writers
Benefits: USD 5,000


Breakthrough Research Fellowships are awarded to non-resident research collaborators with the Breakthrough Institute’s research program. Launched in 2016, the program offers opportunities to the brightest and most talented thinkers to address unanswered questions related to energy, conservation, agriculture, growth, and innovation, and to change the way society approaches major environmental and development challenges.

Scholars with experience ranging from a Master’s degree to a postdoctoral appointment to a senior professorship may apply. These paid fellowships, completed in collaboration with research staff, advance Breakthrough’s research and reach, fostering partnerships with experts around the world at the cutting-edge of scholarship in these spaces.

For all the progress afforded to humanity by modernization and growth, there remain many unanswered questions. The Breakthrough Institute exists in part to answer these questions, and to change the way society approaches major environmental and development challenges. In service of this mission, we seek to work with the brightest and most talented thinkers on issues related to energy, conservation, agriculture, growth, and innovation. The Research Fellowship allows to partner with experts all over the world doing cutting-edge scholarship in these spaces.


Applicants interested in the Research Fellowship should possess a Master’s degree at minimum and have a well-scoped research proposal. Excellent proposals will define goals, methods, and align with Breakthrough’s interest areas and our mission statement (see details below). If you think your research can contribute to or deepen an ecomodern understanding of society and the environment, then this is an opportunity for you.


The Breakthrough Research Fellowship offers a USD 5,000 stipend to be delivered in installments upon demonstrated progress.

How to apply?


Please limit your resume or CV to two pages maximum.

Research Proposal

Research proposals will make up the core of the Research Fellowship application. Research proposals should include:

  • A brief summary and literature review of the topic at hand;
  • The goals of the project (what unanswered questions are you addressing?);
  • Type of analysis and methods;
  • Expected results;
  • Indication of your own experience with the subject matter and/or methods;
  • Intended product (peer-reviewed paper or white paper).

Research proposals can be up to 1500 words.

Writing Samples (1-3)

At least one and no more than three writing samples are required for the application. Excellent writing samples will demonstrate familiarity with the subject matter and methods of the research being proposed.

Letters of Recommendation

At least one letter of recommendation is required, preferably from a supervisor who has worked with you on similar or related research in the past. Recommendations will only be accepted if the author of the letter, not the applicant, sends the letter directly to Breakthrough. Letters should be be sent to fellowships [at] thebreakthrough [dot] org.

Breakthrough Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

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