Calling students and young professionals! Applications are now open for the Breakthrough Generation 2018. Breakthrough Institute is a research center seeking technological solutions to environmental problems. Every summer from June to August, Generation offers a small number of paid, highly competitive, ten-week to recent college graduates and postgraduates from around the world.

Breakthrough Generation is an initiative in the Breakthrough Institute’s research program, founded in 2008 to foster the development of a generation of thinkers and writers capable of finding pragmatic new solutions to today’s greatest challenges in the areas of energy, economy, and environment.

Fellows will contribute writing and research to one our three main issue areas at the Breakthrough Institute: EnergyConservation, or Food & Farming.  The first two weeks will be dedicated to Breakthrough Bootcamp, an intellectual crash course in Breakthrough’s history and research. If you have a scheduling conflict with these dates, please email us as soon as possible to discuss.


  • Fellows will be paid $600 per week.
  • Fellows work 40 hours per week, and may be considered for full-time employment at the end of the fellowship.
  • Breakthrough does not provide housing.
  • 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, as well as attend talks, debates, and working groups within Breakthrough’s different areas.

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