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Thank you for your interest in Climate Corps! 
Environmental Defense Fund, Inc., its affiliates, third-party partners and services providers that perform functions such as providing recruitment and employer-of-record services (collectively, “EDF”) is excited for your interest in its Climate Corps program. Climate Corps is a unique summer fellowship program where EDF trains and matches top-tier graduate students with host companies and organizations to advance environmental and sustainability goals. 

You can save your application and return to it later or share it with others in your organization. Once submitted, we will review your application and notify you if further documentation or information is required. 

If you have any questions while completing or submitting the form, please contact Paridhi Mishra

Part I: Host Information

Please note that relocation expenses are expected to be covered by fellows, but for fellows that are primarily remote but travelling occasionally, the expectation is that host companies cover these business travel expenses.
High-Level Sponsor

Direct Supervisor

HR Contact

Part II: Project Information

Is there a specific window in which your fellow must start and/or complete their fellowship? 

If so, please indicate the specific dates and time frame below. Typical Climate Corps engagements between April - September for 8-12 weeks. (Actual dates will be determined in conjunction with Fellow(s)’ academic schedule(s))

A description of the project categories can be found on our website here.                  
If you have multiple projects in different areas, please submit an additional application.

In 3-5 clear sentences, please briefly describe the projects the Fellow(s) will work on over the summer. This information will be made available in summary form to all potential Fellows so that they may indicate their preferred placements during the matching process. Please spell out all acronyms. Any major changes to the project scope after application submission are subject to EDF approval. Refer to this document for additional guidance.                                                                                                                                         

Part III: Fellow Preferences
Information collected here is used to inform the selection of your 2024 fellow. Please be as detailed as possible. All responses are confidential and used only to inform the selection of your Climate Corps fellow. Please remember our fellows are looking to gain experience in the sustainability sector; they may not have all the experience or skills you would like - but they are driven, passionate, and eager to learn.

(e.g., strong stakeholder engagement, policy analysis, financial modelling, proficiency in XYZ software, carbon accounting experience, etc.). Separate with semicolons.

Part IV: Program Description

Climate Corps Program Goals

Climate Corps is designed to help Host Organizations accelerate progress on their climate commitments and reduce emissions. By enrolling in Climate Corps, Host Organizations are matched with a Climate Corps fellow(s) who will work onsite or remotely for 8-12 weeks in the summer of 2024. The fellow(s) provides Host Organizations with customized deliverables that can include strategy development, detailed project and cost analyses, and implementation recommendations. By participating in Climate Corps, the Host Organization will gain access to a network of climate and sustainability professionals and to the events and resources made available to Climate Corps hosts, fellows, and alumni.

EDF will:

  • Recruit and match a qualified fellow with the Host Organization.
  • Train the fellow on sustainability and climate strategies, best practices, resources, and skillsets applicable to their fellowship.
  • Assign an EDF engagement manager who will be available throughout the fellowship for support and guidance to both the fellow and Host Organization.
  • Aggregate and publicize the total energy and cost savings identified by all Climate Corps fellows.
  • Retain fellows’ final deliverables as approved by the host. These will remain internal to EDF, in accordance with the confidentiality requirements described below.  

The Host Organization will:

  • Hire fellow(s), either directly or through a third-party professional employer organization, pursuant to the following requirements:   
    • Fellowship will last at least eight weeks in the summer of 2024. 
    • Host organizations will pay fellow(s) compensation for the full fellowship period at a rate of at least Rs. 12,500 per week plus any additional fixed relocation and travel allowance (if applicable). Please Note: EDF is not a party to the employment arrangement between the Host Organization and fellow(s); the Host Organization must pay fellow(s) the above salary, directly.
  • Complete fellow onboarding prior to the fellowship start date. 
  • Provide fellow(s) a supportive high-level project sponsor, as well as an accessible day-to-day direct supervisor with the capacity to meet with the fellow on a weekly basis at a minimum for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Provide fellow(s) with suitable equipment and, if onsite, office space and facilitate support from relevant departments (e.g., facilities management, purchasing). All HR formalities for fellow(s) must be completed prior to the start of the fellowship.
  • Adhere to applicable local labor laws, including The Workmen's Compensation Act of 1923 and the Companies Act of 2013.   
  • Make relevant records and information available to fellow(s) (e.g., energy bills, facilities records). 
  • Share relevant data with the fellow(s) to facilitate fellowship deliverable completion in accordance with the confidentiality terms described below.
  • Allow EDF to use fellowship deliverables for internal purposes.
  • Provide EDF with project implementation updates and the resulting savings periodically upon request after fellowship completion.

The fellow will:

  • Provide documentation, that they are authorized to work in India prior to starting work during the summer of 2024.
  • Complete all necessary onboarding formalities with the Host Organization prior to the agreed-upon start date.  
  • Work with the Host Organization to complete the agreed-upon project.
  • BEFORE completion of the fellowship, deliver to the Host Organization and EDF detailed deliverables as approved by the host, which may include:
    • A final report/presentation
    • A list of all energy and climate recommendations and associated cost savings, energy conservation, and CO2 reductions associated with each
    • An implementation plan
    • Supporting financial and environmental analysis
    • A summary of the fellow’s project approved for publication on EDF’s website
  • Present the deliverable to the fellow's direct supervisor, high-level sponsor, and any other staff at the Host Organization on a date and in a form mutually agreed upon between all parties.

Part V: Confidentiality & Publicity


In order for EDF and the Host Organization to collaborate effectively, either party may disclose (the “Discloser”) certain confidential information to the fellow and to the other party (collectively the “Recipient”) subject to the terms and conditions of this Application. Confidential information means and includes any and all documents, information and materials provided or made available (directly or indirectly), whether visually or orally, by the Discloser to the Recipient including the Recipient’s employees, agents, contractors, subcontractors, or any affiliate(s), or to the fellow, under or in connection with this Application including, but not limited to, all technical and non-technical information, customer information, or plans, financials, business strategies, research and development, software and hardware, designs, proprietary formulae and algorithms (“Confidential Information”). Unless the Host Organization requires otherwise, the Fellow will submit Deliverables, which may include Confidential Information, to EDF for EDF’s internal use, only.

The restrictions in this Application will not apply to Confidential Information to the extent it (i) was in the public domain at the time of disclosure; (ii) became publicly available after disclosure to Recipient without breach of this Application; (iii) was lawfully received by Recipient from a third party without such restrictions; (iv) was known to Recipient, its employees or agents without such restrictions prior to its receipt from the Discloser; (v) was generally made available to third parties by the Discloser without such restriction; or (vi) is required to be disclosed by Recipient pursuant to judicial order or other compulsion of law, provided that Recipient will provide to the Discloser prompt notice of such order and comply with any protective order imposed on such disclosure.

Program Publicity:

Notwithstanding the Confidentiality section above, the Host Organization agrees and acknowledges that EDF has the right to publicize the Host Organization’s participation in Climate Corps. EDF may publish the Results (defined below) of the fellowship program only with the prior written consent and approval of the Host Organization. Results shall include but not be limited to a summary of the Fellowship, its impact on the Host Organization and associated cost, energy, and greenhouse savings identified by the Fellow (“Results”). EDF’s use of the Host Organization’s logo and the Host Organization’s use of EDF’s logo by is limited to representation of participation in Climate Corps. Use of either party’s logo for any other purpose, including endorsement of activities, is strictly prohibited without prior written approval from the Host Organization and EDF with respect to each other’s logo.

Indemnification and Limitation of Liability:

Host Organization agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold EDF harmless from any and all claims or damages arising out of (i) any disclosure of Confidential Information or Results by Fellow not authorized by Host, (ii) any and all claims or damages arising out of any bodily injury or illness suffered by Fellow while Fellow is on the Host premises, and (iii) the behavior or performance of the Fellow while employed by the Host Organization.

Host Organization shall be solely responsible for its negligent acts or omissions and the negligent acts or omissions of its employees, officers, or directors, to the extent allowed by law.  

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice:

Climate Corps is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice across all areas of our program. We are proud that our fellows represent a diverse population of individuals with different experiences, backgrounds and identities - both visible and invisible. This diversity contributes to the strength of our program. We similarly seek host organizations that share our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. We expect all participating Host Organizations to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive work environment for their fellows.