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Each year, Breakthrough seeks a small number of outstanding researchers and writers for the Breakthrough Research Fellowship. Fellows will submit a research proposal aligned with Breakthrough’s interest areas, and work on their project remotely. See below for more information on how to apply.
The Research Fellowship runs for 8 weeks and pays in installments, totaling $5,000 over the course of the Fellowship.
Who can apply?
Applicants interested in the Research Fellowship should possess a Master’s degree at minimum and have a well-scoped research proposal. Excellent proposals will define goals, methods, and align with Breakthrough’s interest areas and our mission statement (see details below). If you think your research can contribute to or deepen an ecomodern understanding of society and the environment, then this is an opportunity for you.
How do I apply?
Apply using our online application form found here or at the bottom of this page. You will need to submit a CV/resume, a research proposal, and 1-3 three writing samples. See details below. All uploaded documents must be in PDF format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
When is the application deadline?
Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
When will I hear back?
Applications are reviewed and interviews conducted over 3-4 weeks after submission. Decisions will be announced within this period.
What is the duration and timing of the program?
Research Fellowships will be completed remotely and are designed to last 2-6 months. Research Fellows are also invited to attend the Breakthrough Dialogue which takes place every June in Sausalito, California. If you have a scheduling conflict with these dates, please do not be discouraged from applying.
Contact Breakthrough staff with any questions and concerns: fellowships [at] thebreakthrough.org
How are Breakthrough Research Fellows compensated?
The Breakthrough Research Fellowship offers a $5,000 stipend to be delivered in installments upon demonstrated progress.
Requirements for Research Fellowship Application
Please limit your resume or CV to two pages maximum.
Research proposals will make up the core of the Research Fellowship application. Research proposals should include:
A brief summary and literature review of the topic at hand;
The goals of the project (what unanswered questions are you addressing?);
Type of analysis and methods;
Indication of your own experience with the subject matter and/or methods;
Intended product (peer-reviewed paper or white paper).
Research proposals can be up to 1500 words.
Writing Samples (1-3)
At least one and no more than three writing samples are required for the application. Excellent writing samples will demonstrate familiarity with the subject matter and methods of the research being proposed.
Letters of Recommendation
At least one letter of recommendation is required, preferably from a supervisor who has worked with you on similar or related research in the past. Recommendations will only be accepted if the author of the letter, not the applicant, sends the letter directly to Breakthrough. Letters should be be sent to fellowships [at] thebreakthrough [dot] org.
Breakthrough Institute is an equal opportunity employer.