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Schneider Fellows

Sunday, January 24, 2016

2016 Schneider Fellowships

The Schneider Fellows program provides Stanford students with opportunities to work at leading U.S. non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the sustainable energy field. The Schneider Fellows spend a quarter tackling the world’s economic, environmental, social, and technical challenges associated with past, present, and future approaches of harnessing energy resources to deliver energy services.

The Schneider Fellows program was established in 2001 under the name "MAP Sustainable Energy Fellows." Since then, the program has provided 205 fellowships with partner NGOs, adding up to more than 78 years (full-time-equivalent) of service. Meet the 2015 Fellows.

Quarter Fellows receive a stipend of $8,500 for a 12-week fellowship. In addition, funds are available for fellowship-related travel. The Haas Center creates and funds the fellowships; the NGO is the employer.

The program is named in honor of Stephen H. Schneider (1945-2010), an internationally renowned expert on climate science and a leader in promoting solutions to address climate change. Dr. Schneider pioneered interdisciplinary research and policy analysis that underpinned many influential climate science publications, including the first four annual reports of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He served as a professor at Stanford University for 18 years where he had a lasting impact on countless young minds.


Quarter Fellows commit to working 12 weeks at their NGOs. Generally, fellowships begin in June, but the start date is often flexible, to be agreed upon by the Fellow and the NGO. 

NGOs and Fellowships

2016 Fellowships


Enivronmental Defense Fund

Natural Resources Defense Council

Rocky Mountain Institute

Union of Concerned Scientists

United Nations Foundation

U.S. Green Building Council 

World Resources Institute

Eligibility and Selection Process


Qualified applicants must be enrolled graduate or undergraduate students at Stanford University at the time of application. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. 

Selection Process

The NGOs will receive and screen candidate applications. Most interviews of finalists will be held on campus February 17/18. Decisions will be made and communicated to applicants by the end of February.

There are no limits to the number of fellowships to which applicants may apply. However, a separate application is required for each position or NGO.

Application Deadline for 2016 Fellowships was January 24, 2016

Contact Information

For more information, contact Peggy Propp.