Climate Champions Youth Fellowship 2023

Become part of the 2023 cohort of the Youth Fellowship programme By Climate Champions | April 5, 2023

Young people and future generations are environmental stewards of the future. The Climate Champions Team, in support of the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions, are committed to strengthening youth agency in climate action. Elevating and empowering  youth voices will help drive systemic change and the Climate Champions are committed to continuing to integrate this vital stakeholder group  into the heart of our work.

The Climate Champions Team is now looking for its third cohort of ambitious and stubbornly optimistic Youth Fellows. The programme creates a pathway for young professionals to work within the team supporting the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions for COP27 and COP28 – Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin and H.E Razan Al Mubarak – to drive real world momentum into the UN Climate Change negotiations.

As part of the Youth Fellowship programme, you will help mobilise climate action amongst non-State actors to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, in close collaboration with the UNFCCC, the Marrakech Partnership and the COP Presidencies.

To help us deliver on our plan for COP28 and beyond, we are excited to announce Cohort 3 of the Youth Fellowship.

Fellows will join the Climate Champions Team (CCT) for a seven month fellowship, placed within:

  • The core Campaigns: Race To Zero and Race To Resilience;
  • Systems Transformation: critical sectoral work in Energy, Finance, Ocean, Systems Tracking, and;
  • Stakeholder and Policy Engagement. 

The fellowship will include modules on personal leadership development, mentoring, engagement with stakeholders, systems mapping and horizon planning, mobilisation and outreach in broader networks including working closely with local, regional and global youth organisations to ensure knowledge sharing and solutions exchange. There will also be an opportunity for the fellows to work together as a collective to explore projects and outreach. 

This is a paid fellowship programme.

Time commitment: The selected fellows will work closely with the respective sector leads during this fellowship and will be required to commit up to 16 hours per week.

Duration: The fellowship will run for seven months from June to December 2023.

Who should apply? If you’re an early career professional, 30 or under (in 2023), with a record of engagement or expertise in one or two of the sectors hosting the fellowship or a history of climate/sustainability advocacy and familiarity with multi-stakeholder organising, we highly encourage you to apply.

Eligibility criteria

  • 30 or under 30 years of age in 2023
  • Minimum five years of full-time work or volunteering experience, either in one of the fellowship sectors,  climate leadership or organising
  • Ability to commit minimum 16 hours a week to the fellowship
  • Strong communication skills
  • Self-motivated and willingness to be flexible (you will be working with teams across different time zones)
  • Adequate network relevant to sector-specific or climate related work
  • Sufficient English language skills
  • Your own laptop and reliable internet connectivity
  • A commitment to the values of the Climate Champions Team to raise non-State actor commitments to the global goals of the Paris Agreement

Applications are open!

Each sector has specific skills requirements; therefore, we highly recommend you to please read the job descriptions below thoroughly before applying.

Click here to start your application!

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so we would recommend applying early. The deadline for submitting complete applications is 9pm GMT on Monday 17 April.

For any queries, please contact Shivi Dwivedi, Youth Engagement Lead (

Images of former Youth Fellows at COP27

From left to right Natalie Mangondo (Youth Fellow 2022, CCT), Baliqees Salaudeen-Ibrahim (Youth Fellow 2022, CCT), Maria Alejandra Aguilar (Youth Fellow 2022, CCT)

From left to right: Ben Odongo (Youth Fellow 2022, CCT), Siddharth Shekhar Yadav (Youth Fellow 2022, CCT)

Images of former CCT Youth Fellows along with Climate Leaders and the High Level Climate Champions at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2023

From left to right: Omnia El Omrani (Youth Envoy, COP27 Presidency), Tokelo Shai (Youth Fellow 2022, CCT), H.E. Razan Al Mubarak (UN Climate Change High Level Champion from the COP28 Presidency), Shravani Sharma (Youth Fellow 2022, CCT), Joshua Amponsem (Climate Programme Specialist, Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth), Ayshka Najib (UNICEF Youth Advocate, UAE), Nigel Topping (UN Climate Change High Level Champion from the COP26 Presidency)

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