Apply for a 2013/2014 Fellowship

We have a number of fellowships available for talented young people (ages 18 – 30) who are willing to actively track the climate policies of their country domestically and in international negotiations and thus contribute to the Adopt a Negotiator project between now and mid-2014, including attending the Warsaw Climate Change Conference this November.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Global Campaign for Climate Action is awarding Adopt a Negotiator (AaN) Fellowships to exceptional young people that we think possess the ability to effectively push their countries toward unlocking climate solutions nationally and internationally. AaN Fellows will have an opportunity to contribute to campaigns aiming at mobilizing their government to adopt adequate climate change policies. They’ll join a team of passionate, dedicated and talented activists from around the world; participating in moments that will shape if and how the governments respond adequately to the climate challenge. Their efforts will build on a proud legacy of past ‘Negotiator Trackers,’ and make important contributions to the climate movement in a creative, challenging and exciting role.

Applicants must be 18 to 30 years of age; available to attend the Warsaw Climate Change Conference in Poland (from November 8th to November 24th, 2013); and able to actively contribute to the Adopt a Negotiator project as an activist and blogger from mid-September of this year through May of 2014.

Here are some of the qualities we are looking for:

You understand the landscape. Our Fellows should not only understand climate change, they are also familiar with their country’s national and international climate politics; preferably with the UNFCCC itself – its history, its inner workings, and its roles in addressing climate change.

You are an excellent communicator. Our Fellows can quickly translate the complex and hard to communicate developments that happen during climate negotiations and other key moments into compelling, accessible, creative, actionable communications across multiple channels and mediums. Our primary tool is blogging – Fellows must be skilled bloggers – but the ability to leverage other communications tools and channels with strategic and/or large audiences via new and traditional media is also key to their success.

You have informed empathy. Our Fellows seek out a deep understanding of how climate change affects people in different situations, in different ways, all over the world – security, health, livelihood, values, politics, business, etc – and can tap into that understanding to help them connect with with various audiences (including their negotiators).

You are brave. In a short amount of time, each Fellow has to build relationships with experts in our partner network, members of the media, their country’s negotiators and other decision makers. Fellows need to quickly absorb and synthesize new information; take public stands on complicated issues; get their ideas and opinions out to fellow activists and media in their home country in meaningful ways.

You are fast. Our Fellows are able to rapidly respond to events and opportunities inside climate negotiations and out.

You are dedicated. Our Fellows understand the stakes involved in responding to climate change, and are dedicated to helping push for progress in spite of the many setbacks, challenges and complications we face along the way. While we expect to count on our Fellows’ full-time participation during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, they also actively participate in the project throughout their Fellowship’s duration.

Are you looking for an incredible experience on the front lines of an essential fight in the effort to address climate change? Do you think you can excel in the Fellowship role? If so, we want to meet you. We’re accepting applications through midnight, September 3rd. Apply below.

*This Fellowship is a volunteer opportunity. However, support for participation in the Warsaw Climate Change Conference including travel, room and board will be provided.

 


THE APPLICATION

Step 1. Fill out and submit the form below.

Step 2. Letter of intent.
Next, we want your pitch. Please prepare a letter of intent, maximum of 1-page in length written in English . Use this letter to convince us that we should award you a 2013/2014 Fellowship. Tell us how you hope to make use of the opportunity to participate in the upcoming climate talks? What kind of impact do you think you could have on the effort to respond to climate change? How might your participation help shape your country’s role in responding to climate change? Each fellow has unique set of skills and contacts. Use this letter to make us understand how you will leverage those personal resources to make the most of the fellowship.

Step 3. Prepare a writing sample.
Please prepare a sample of your writing that showcases your skills as a communicator (ideally something published in a blog or media outlet).

Step 4. Email your letter of intent and writing sample.
To complete your application, please send your 1-page letter of intent and your writing sample from the email address you entered in the form above to both  joshua.wiese@adoptanegotiator.org and sebastien.duyck@adoptanegotiator.org.

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL
MIDNIGHT, SEPTEMBER 3RD.

 


MORE THE ADOPT A NEGOTIATOR PROJECT.

The Adopt a Negotiator (AaN) project began in 2009 as part of a massive push to secure a fair, ambitious and binding global climate change treaty. As efforts continue to promote international cooperation on climate change, the Adopt a Negotiator project has continue to demonstrate its relevance as a valuable tool in securing that progress.

Each year, the project offers Fellowships to a select group of young activists around the world who are likely to excel in the challenging role. Fellowship recipients are trained to publicly track their country’s role in addressing climate change, both nationally and internationally. They tap into the Global Call for Climate Action’s vast network of partner organizations. They leverage the most effective new media tools available. And they literally follow decision-makers into the rooms where key decisions are being made, in order to push their governments to take up the climate challenge with all the ambition, resources, and dedication it deserves. They make sure the demands of young and future generations are heard by citizens and their governments alike. They work to ensure the hopes of young and future generations are realized through concrete climate action.

The project is managed and funded by the Global Call for Climate Action. Over the years, AaN has supported over 50 Fellows in more than 20 countries. Many of AaN’s past participants have continued their work, moving toward leadership roles and impressive careers in academia, government, and in NGOs around the world. With time and additional resources, AaN will expand the it’s reach to support more Fellows in more countries – our 2013/2014 team is the next step in that expansion.


WHAT DO WE ASK OF EACH FELLOW?

Our Fellowships are individualized for each recipient depending on the strengths and interests of that person, and on their political, cultural and geographic circumstances. That said, the following list gives a sense what we’ll ask from each participant:

During the full duration of the Fellowship, participants should expect to:

  • Working with the AaN team, develop & maintain a deep understanding of climate change issues, their country’s national and international climate politics; who makes key decisions; how are those decisions influenced; how all of this can be made more relevant to those influencers in ways that lead to more ambitious climate action; and what leverage can the participants most effectively activate to contribute to ambitious climate policies.
  • Working with the AaN team, Fellows will develop and execute a ‘strategic communications & activism plan’ that spans the duration of the Fellowship. We would like this to include:
    • Contributions to the AaN website at least twice per month, helping peers track relevant climate and energy issues.
    • Monthly contributions to more mainstream media outlets in the fellow’s country / region, contributing to national dialogues on climate change threats and solutions.
    • Hosting and supporting regional capacity-building and awareness-raising efforts, including intelligence briefings and webinars that share actionable updates with activists and communicators.

Fellows will attend the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) in Warsaw. Prior to that meeting, participants should expect to:

  • Work with the AaN team, develop and begin to execute a strategic communications plan for the COP.
  • Build & maintain relationships with key players including government officials, media, GCCA partners and other NGO experts.

During the COP, participants should expect to:

  • Continue to execute their strategic communications plan. Including, but not limited to:
    • publicly tracking relevant developments in the COP
    • daily new-media content production (on the AaN website, social networks, and beyond); and
    • mainstream media content production
  • Enhance and continue to build relationships with key players, including government officials, media and NGO experts

After the COP, participants should expect to:

  • Continue the implementation of their strategic communications and activism plans, updating them to seize opportunities for progress on climate action nationally and internationally in 2014.

 


Here’s a taste of the role our trackers play during the climate talks.

  • Amy

    I am interested in this program and willing to apply

  • Fatou A. Drammeh

    I will send letter of intent to the address above and also apply to see my luck….

  • Sheila Claron Pamba

    As a dedicated and a hard working individual as well as a team player with good communication and inter-personal skills, am interested in the programme and i will submit my intent letter

  • Mark Boe Adin

    This program or project is a very interesting thing which i really like to join most in my life ( Climate change issues). I am a volunteer under oxfam International youth partnership and under Project Survival Pacific supposed to attend COP17 last year and was unable to to do so due to limited funding from Project Survival pacific and was thinking if it could be possible for me to do so for COP18. Therefore, i will be applying for this project. I like this program and i will never stop liking it for my entire whole life because i don’t want our grand children would not have to ask why we fail to do the right thing and let them suffer the consequences. the future of this world depends on what we do today. Good luck to you all.

  • omara steven

    ok i promis to send my letter of intent soon for consideration. thanks

  • Julie

    Much interest in the program.Believe i will be selected.Thanks

  • Anonymous

    the Mailer Daemon said that it reached its quotas to these two email addresses.. would it still be possible to send my attachments to other email address?

  • Anonymous

    anyone please reply

  • pablo escubar

    To everyone, you are not getting extra marks for publicly announcing your interest. Also, since I am not a suck up like the rest, I will be honest. Whether this planet burns to the ground or not after the summit, it’s all the same to me, all I want is free plane tickets and accomodation but I will make sure to give you the most for your money.

  • Xi

    You are hilarious. Check your internal logic, there….

  • arup sihjabk

    Irony. Look it up in a dictionary.

  • Raymane

    What they mean by:” …..and act already as negotiator tracker” in the requirements? So anyone who was not a negotiator in the past is not eligible? Please answer me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nomvula Nomvula Greeninglady

    aloha fellow Earthlings!I would love to be part of this!My name is Nomvula Greeninglady and I were very active at Cop17 last year.I dance and raise money to green schools and communities!I will follow the procedures described above. Together we will be the change we wish to see in the World!organiclove, Nomvula

  • Raymane

    Please, what they mean by ”…..and act already as a negotiator tracker” in the criteria?

  • http://www.facebook.com/RAS.FINEST.YONGO Michael Dossevi Yongo

    I am looking forward to be part of this!

  • the Adopt A Negotiator Team

    We have now dealt with this issue. Please try to send the documents again to both email addresses indicated. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

    We look forward to reading your application.

  • the Adopt A Negotiator Team

    What is meant is that the team will already be active before the COP. So applicants should be ready to follow national developments relative to climate politics and to blog on a regular basis about their country’s positions/actions. We will guide you through this process once we have composed our team.

    Good luck with the application!

  • Raymane

    Thank you very much!

  • Raymane

    Question ????????????????????????????
    Please can I reset my first application and re-apply because I made some mistakes in the first one? Thanks.

  • Raymane

    Question ????????????????????????????????
    Please can I reset my first application and re-apply because I made some mistakes in the first one? Thanks.

  • Aristide KUITCHE

    lookinmg forward to be there
    this is a good initiative for young peaple to communicate on ednvironment

  • http://www.facebook.com/kester.oyibo Kester Chuks Oyibo

    Am very intrested in this program becacause it touches on the very essence as well as the basic element of human sustenance.. I sincerely hope to be selected.

  • Dare Akinrinshola

    I am interested in this program, ’cause i love programs that could help improve the environment for better Economic growth and development

  • Charusmita

    Applied! Hope to hear form your team soon! :)

  • Charusmita

    Applied! Hope to hear from your team soon! :)

  • Simon Peter Longoli

    I am sending in my package now! Would love to take part in this, as it will help me work better in my Organisation’s Climate Change Adaptation Project.

  • Simon Peter Longoli

    I am sending in my package now! Would love to take part in this, as it will help me work better in my Organisation’s Climate Change Adaptation Project.

  • Natasha

    when is the last date for submission?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.oteng K Fosu Tusker

    i hv send my form

  • http://www.facebook.com/nayar.ahmed Nayar Ahmed Basharat

    i have checked the boxes and sending letter in few hours because iam writing it.. :)

  • nezy

    i think this is interesting hop am lucky

  • margaret sirrengo

    we are the change we have been waiting for

  • http://www.facebook.com/akoh.johnakoh Akoh John Akoh

    I am just so happy to be part of this fellowship it come
    just when I started my work on environmental sustainability with school
    children. Attending this conference will help me not to only teach these
    children but to also participate in the making of environmental policies of my
    country

  • kennedy

    iam amati kennedy killison from uganda acountry that has recently suffered erratic climatic change effects so my participation and contribution in this program will not only worthy mentioning but thanks for acknowledging my received documents

  • Diana Sanabria

    I am very interesting in this opportunity. I am from Bogotá – Colombia, Latin America. I am a young Biologist and Microbiologist who is very interesting in life and planet care. I think if we change our thinking we can have a better planet. But I think that beautiful words could not work with actions. How can we stop climate change ? I think changing the fuels we use right now. We need cleaner ones in the whole sense of the word. In this moment I belong to the Colombian asociation of hydrogen called “Acohidrógeno” and we are working here to make hydrogen the principal and popular alternative energy fuel in our country. I’ll be very glad to meet people next november to interchange ideas and work togeather to save our planet !!!

  • Igor

    Hi, just wanted to ask, when can we expect some feedback (did we get through or not)?

  • http://twitter.com/jrwiese joshua wiese

    For those curious about the selection process: We’re working through the applications this week. We’ll conduct interviews with our shortlisted candidates after that. I expect we’ll to award Fellowships throughout September.

  • summer wafa

    what will be the mean adopted by the Project team to interview the shortlisted candidate?

  • Sir Abraham Simpson

    how many spots are there for trackers and is there any quota country wise?

  • summer wafa

    plz do let us know when the selection process comes to an end.

  • kaptain

    hi people,i cant wait to get the opportunity to be part of the climate change conference in qatar.i hope for the best,

  • Lizzy

    Hi all and in particular to Joshua Weise , I wanted to know if this opportunity is closed for application. I only got wind of it today but would love to participate in this conference I am from Swaziland in Southern Africa but am currently in Italy studying for an MBA which has a focus on Green Energy . The link that I just read said that applications received before 22 August are privileged …i think i understood that but does it mean those received after are totally unacceptable or just less privileged :-)