Women Leaders in Energy Fellowship
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Global Energy Center

The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center’s Women Leaders in Energy Fellowship is a one-year nonresident fellowship program for early to mid-career rising female leaders in the energy and climate field with an interest in policy. The program provides professional development opportunities to cultivate leadership potential, learn from the experiences of senior leaders in the sector, and more broadly elevate the voices of female experts in the energy and climate space.  The program is open to women under the age of 35 with at least three to five years of experience in the energy and/or climate field, and provides opportunities to deepen their expertise, increase exposure through events and publication opportunities, enhance and encourage leadership potential through mentorship and key professional development trainings, and expand their network.


Participation in the program includes the following professional development opportunities:


Participation in Atlantic Council Events: The Global Energy Center hosts public and private events on energy topics throughout the year at its DC headquarters and elsewhere. The fellows will be included in Atlantic Council events where possible as moderators or panelists, offering the opportunity to gain exposure in the field. The program also includes airfare, accommodation, and registration to participate in the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum, a high-level flagship event with critical networking opportunities, for fellows that successfully completed the fellowship. 


Publishing through the Atlantic Council: Fellows will have the opportunity to publish on the Global Energy Center’s EnergySource blog, and potentially write longer pieces if interested. They will be provided editorial support and feedback, and the opportunity to help build their published portfolio.


Professional Development Trainings: The fellows will be offered professional development opportunities written and oral communication skills and management and leadership skills.

  • Communication: The fellows will be provided a workshop with a specialist to help them work on their written communication, namely in writing shorter pieces and op-eds, and oral communication skills, including coaching for public speaking and moderation or facilitation.
  • Management and Leadership: The fellows will be provided a workshop with a specialist on best management and leadership practices, including on how to manage and empower personnel.


Mentorship: Upon request, a fellow will be paired with a Global Energy Center Senior Fellow as mentor.


Community: The fellows are included in “Women of the Council” roundtables, a staff-led program featuring female leaders from various fields for off-the-record discussions on career issues.


Who Are We Looking For?

The ideal applicant is a rising young voice in the energy and/or climate space, a driver for improvement in her organization, and is passionate about mentorship and leadership. She is keenly interested in the intersection between energy, policy, and international relations, and looking for an opportunity to develop her expertise and repertoire of skills. Entrepreneurial spirit is also highly encouraged, and in addition to the requirements and expectations described below, the ideal candidate would seek to find creative, impactful ways to maximize the value of the fellowship for herself and the Global Energy Center beyond the core requirements of the program.


Requirements to Apply:

  • At least three to five years of work experience in the field, whether in the private sector, public sector, research and analysis, communications, etc.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred, but not required.
  • Located in Washington, DC, is preferred, but not required, as travel funds for events are not included (with the exception of the Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi).
  • Demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to improving her organization, her community, and/or her surroundings.
  • Self-motivated, entrepreneurial, and willing to take initiative.


Expectations for the Program:

At a minimum, Fellows are expected to engage in the following activities:

  • Attend or participate in an Atlantic Council event at least six times throughout the year.
  • Publish an EnergySource blog piece at least six times throughout the year.
  • Participate in workshops provided for the fellows.
  • Attend Abu Dhabi Global Energy Forum if the fellow successfully completes the fellowship.


The deadline to submit the application is Friday, February 28, 2020.