Breakthrough Fellowships

The Breakthrough Institute awards three types of fellowships that advance its research and global outreach efforts across its program areas. Engaging the brightest and most talented thinkers on issues related to energy, conservation, and other fields essential to the ecomodernist project, Breakthrough Fellowships foster diverse collaborations that address some of the major questions confronting society today. From recent college graduates to advanced scholars, our fellows form an integral part of the Breakthrough network and contribute in many ways to the ground-breaking scholarship that is at the forefront of our work.

Breakthrough Generation Fellowships foster the development of a new generation of thinkers and writers capable of finding pragmatic new solutions to today’s greatest challenges in the areas of energy, conservation, innovation, and human development.

Breakthrough Research Fellowships offer more advanced scholars the opportunity to pursue non-resident research collaborations that seek to change the way society approaches major environmental and development challenges.

Breakthrough Senior Fellows are leading thinkers, writers, and scholars in the study of society and the environment who collaborate with and advise Breakthrough research staff, serving as indispensable partners and champions of Breakthrough’s work.


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Breakthrough Fellowships

Cutting-edge policy research at one of the country's most intellectually challenging think tanks. Fellowship and friendships that last a lifetime. 

Generation Fellowship

Research Fellowship

Senior Fellows



"May be the single most positive influence on my young adult life." 

— Danny Spitzberg, MS, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009

"The Breakthrough Generation Fellowship challenged me to become more critical of my own beliefs and those of my peers, making me a stronger person and thinker going forward. The fellows in my year, both through their intellectual chops and their compassion, all gave me hope for the future of environmentalism, and I'm grateful that we were able to work together this early in our careers."

— Dina Abdulhadi, BS, Ecology & Anthropology, University of Georgia, 2013

"The intellectual rigor and the real-world pragmatism of Breakthrough Fellows give me hope."

— Mark Sagoff, George Mason University