The Climate Champions Youth Fellowship 2024(Fully-funded and open to all nationalities)

Young people and future generations are environmental stewards of the future. Many are also leaders and subject matter experts today. The Climate Champions Team, in support of the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions, are committed to strengthening youth agency in climate action. Elevating and empowering  youth voices will help drive systemic change and the Climate Champions will continue to position this vital stakeholder group at the heart of our work.

The Climate Champions Team is now looking for its fourth cohort of ambitious and stubbornly optimistic Youth Fellows. The programme creates a pathway for young professionals to work within the team supporting the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions for  COP28 and COP29 – H.E Razan Al Mubarak and Ms. Nigar Arpadarai – to drive real world momentum into the UN Climate Change negotiations.

As part of the Youth Fellowship programme, you will help mobilise climate action amongst non-State actors to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, in close collaboration with the UNFCCC, the Marrakech Partnership and the COP Presidencies.

To help us deliver on our plan for COP29 and beyond, we are excited to announce Cohort 4 of the Youth Fellowship.

Fellows will join the Climate Champions Team for a seven month fellowship, focused on:

  • The core Campaigns: Race To Zero and Race To Resilience
  • Systems Transformation: critical sectoral work in Finance, tracking signals of change
  • Stakeholder and Policy Engagement
  • Strategic Communications

The fellowship will include modules on personal leadership development, mentoring, engagement with stakeholders, systems mapping and horizon planning, mobilisation and outreach in broader networks including working closely with local, regional and global youth organisations to ensure knowledge sharing and solutions exchange. There will also be an opportunity for the fellows to work together as a collective to explore projects and outreach.

This is a paid fellowship programme

Time commitment: The selected fellows will work closely with the respective sector leads during this fellowship and will be required to commit 16 hours per week.

Duration: The fellowship will run for seven months from June to December 2024

Who should apply

Are you an early- or mid-career professional, aged over 18, but aged 30 or under 30 as of 1st January 2024? Do you have a record of engagement or expertise in the thematic areas hosting the fellowship, and a history of climate or sustainability advocacy? Are you familiar with multi-stakeholder organising? If so, we strongly encourage you to apply!

Eligibility criteria

  • 30 or under 30 years of age as on 1 January 2024 (minimum age to apply is 18 years)
  • Minimum five years of full-time work or volunteering experience, either in one of the fellowship sectors, climate leadership or organising
  • Ability to commit minimum 16 hours a week to the fellowship
  • Strong communication skills
  • Self-motivated and willingness to be flexible (you will be working with teams across different time zones)
  • Adequate network relevant to sector-specific or climate-related work
  • Proficient English language skills
  • Your own laptop and reliable internet connectivity
  • A commitment to the values of the Climate Champions Team to raise non-State actor commitments to the global goals of the Paris Agreement

Applications are open!

Each sector has specific skills requirements; therefore, we highly recommend you to please read the job descriptions below thoroughly before applying.

  • Communications (Visual Media) Youth Fellow, Climate Champions Team – Job Description
  • Finance Youth Fellow, Climate Champions Team – Job Description
  • Race to Resilience Youth Fellow, Climate Champions Team – Job Description
  • Race to Zero Youth Fellow, Climate Champions Team – Job Description
  • Stakeholder Engagement Youth Fellow, Climate Champions Team – Job Description
  • Systems Transformation Youth Fellow, Climate Champions Team – Job Description

Click here to start your application!

While we are not able to reach out to every applicant, our team will contact you if your application is shortlisted for further rounds. The deadline for submitting complete applications is 10pm GMT on Wednesday 10 April.

For any queries, please contact Shivi Dwivedi, Gender and Youth Engagement Lead (

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