Eligibility

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

Fellowships are highly competitive — only 5-10 percent of applicants are generally accepted — and involve cutting-edge writing, research, and public policy analysis.

Application

 You will need to provide your basic information a cover letter, resume or CV, references, and three writing samples (see details about these below). All uploaded documents must be in PDF format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Cover Letter: Please indicate at the top of your cover letter which of the three research areas you wish to be considered for: Energy, Conservation, or Food & Farming.
  • CV/Resume: Please limit your resume or CV to two pages maximum.
  • Three Writing Samples:
    • A 500-1000 word argumentative essay or op-ed (does not have to be published) on a subject of your choice that demonstrates an ability to make a focused argument in a clear, convincing, and accessible way. This writing sample is evaluated for evidence of critical thinking and general writing skills.
    • A research paper, preferably between 15-20 pages. This does not need to have been published, but should demonstrate an ability to research and analyze a subject in more depth. It is recommended, but not required, that the topic of the research paper be relevant to the program area you are applying to.
    • An additional writing sample of your choosing — this can be an opinion piece, a research paper, a policy memo, or any other piece of writing that complements the first two samples.
  • References: Please submit a minimum of three professional references with contact information.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation are welcome but not required. Recommendations will only be accepted if the author of the letter, not the applicant, sends the letter directly to Breakthrough. Letters should be be attached to your application or sent separately  to fellowships [at] thebreakthrough [dot] org with the subject “[Last Name] Generation Application References”

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