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Apr 19 / BARD CEP

Research Fellow, Project Drawdown – California

Organization: Project Drawdown

Position Title: Research Fellow

Location: Sausalito, California

Dates and compensation: The summer program will run from May 11–August 14th 2015, with fellows joining on a rolling basis depending on other work commitments. Research fellows are not required to commit themselves for the entire program period, but must commit to at least five weeks (on average, fellows work on three solutions over ten weeks). Specific schedules and deadlines for each fellow will be determined individually at the beginning of each fellowship, with updates on progress submitted regularly to the Project Drawdown Research Team.; Research fellows will receive a stipend of US$1,000 per solution undertaken. In addition, fellows will benefit from professional development opportunities, networking with our broad coalition of climate leaders, and attribution in all materials produced from their research. . Travel and accommodation costs will not be compensated.

NOTE: There will be several recorded orientation sessions scheduled throughout May for fellows to familiarize themselves with our methodology and background readings.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2015

Description: Research fellowships are available to scholars and professionals with previous experience evaluating the impact of technological, social, and/or ecological solutions to climate change. Working part-time, typically in conjunction with other work commitments, research fellows are expected to produce technical reports and models on 2-4 solutions over the course of their fellowship. Fellows can also assist in the finalization process by contributing to the development of our integration model incorporating all 100 solutions.

Responsibilities: Each solution requires:

1) Technical Report (5,000-6,000 words);
2) Solution-specific financial and climate models; and
3) Supplemental information (depending upon solution).

4)  Policy or Financial Memo (1,500 words) recommending actions needed to spur global adoption.

It is estimated that each solution requires 40-60 hours to complete, depending on previous experience and knowledge of the solution.

During the last two weeks of their fellowship, research fellows can also join the finalization team, helping to develop our integration models, database components, and online platform, as well as prepare for our presentation and workshops at the COP21 in Paris this December.


  • Master’s degree required, PhD or equivalent work experience preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience in sustainability, renewable energy, energy efficiency, bio-sequestration, agriculture, international development, sharing economy, or related field
  • Experience in quantitative analysis, data modeling, econometrics highly desired
  • Strong research, analysis and writing skills
  • Experience with preparing clear, compelling, and high-quality reports and presentations
  • Project management skills, capable of meeting deadlines and working with large groups of people

How to Apply: Please complete our online application form. All candidates should be sure to upload their most recent resume or CV, a list of references, and two recent writing samples (see below for details). We will also consider letters of support from supervisors or institutions, if applicable.

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