Research Fellowship

Breakthrough Research Fellowships are awarded to non-resident research collaborators with the Breakthrough Institute’s research program. Launched in 2016, the program offers opportunities to the brightest and most talented thinkers to address unanswered questions related to energy, conservation, agriculture, growth, and innovation, and to change the way society approaches major environmental and development challenges.

Scholars with experience ranging from a Master’s degree to a postdoctoral appointment to a senior professorship may apply. These paid fellowships, completed in collaboration with research staff, advance Breakthrough’s research and reach, fostering partnerships with experts around the world at the cutting-edge of scholarship in these spaces.

For all the progress afforded to humanity by modernization and growth, there remain many unanswered questions. The Breakthrough Institute exists in part to answer these questions, and to change the way society approaches major environmental and development challenges. In service of this mission, we seek to work with the brightest and most talented thinkers on issues related to energy, conservation, agriculture, growth, and innovation. The Research Fellowship allows us to partner with experts all over the world doing cutting-edge scholarship in these spaces.

Research fellows are also invited to join us for our annual Breakthrough Dialogue, an opportunity to interact with the leading thinkers, writers, and scholars in the study of society and environment, as well as attend talks, debates, and working groups within Breakthrough’s different research interests.