The Breakthrough Institute Generation Fellowship 2022

Deadline: 28 January 2022
Open to:
applicants from any country 
a stipend of $600 per week


Breakthrough Generation is the Breakthrough Institute’s young leaders initiative, through which they train and collaborate with the next generation of ecomodernist thinkers, writers, and scholars.

Every summer from June to August, they offer a small number of paid, highly competitive, ten-week fellowships to young professionals from around the world. The program is designed for graduating college seniors, young professionals, and students in the early stages of their post-graduate education.

Program Overview

The first two weeks of the summer are dedicated to Breakthrough Bootcamp, an intellectual crash course involving intensive reading, writing, and an expert lecture series designed to provide a grounding in the broad-spectrum thinking that informs Breakthrough’s policy agenda. Topics covered include modernization theory, social psychology, aspirational politics and philosophy, economics and innovation policy, and technology policy.

For the remainder of the fellowship, fellows work in small teams divided between the program areas: Climate & Energy, Food & Farming, or Cities. Supervised by research staff, fellows produce policy white papers, reports, and memos. Previous projects have been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Law and Policy Journal, among others, as well as in Congressional testimony.

In addition to research and analysis, fellows attend the Breakthrough Dialogue — an opportunity to interact with the leading thinkers, writers, and scholars in the study of society and the environment — and additional talks, debates, and working groups within Breakthrough’s different program areas.


  • Open to applicants from any country.
  • Final-year undergraduates, college graduates, and postgraduates are eligible to apply for the fellowship.


  • Fellows receive a stipend of $600 per week.

How to apply?

You will need to provide your basic information, a cover letter, resume or CV, references, and three writing samples. All uploaded documents must be in PDF format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application deadline is January 28, 2022, 11:59 pm, Pacific Time.

For more information, please visit the official website.