2015 ELEEP Fellowship Application

The Atlantic Council and Ecologic Institute are pleased to announce that the Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (ELEEP) is now accepting applications from rising leaders in North America and Europe to join the ELEEP Network in 2015. The application period for 2015 has closed. Please return in the spring to apply for the 2016 ELEEP cohort.


ELEEP is a dynamic network for the exchange of best practices and professional development for early and mid-career leaders working on environmental and energy issues in North America and Europe. Network members engage in transatlantic conversation and debate about issues related to energy, climate and environment policy. Transforming this dialogue into action is a core objective of the ELEEP network. As such, coordination and collaboration are encouraged and have already resulted in jointly published articles, organized events and collaborative impact projects.


In-person engagement is the cornerstone of the ELEEP experience. Since ELEEP’s founding in 2011, we have organized thirteen transatlantic study tours for over 100 fellows that aim to provide a first-hand understanding of the differences, similarities, challenges, and opportunities in the US and EU energy and environmental landscapes (information available on ELEEP.eu). Study tours feature off-record meetings with senior experts, policy makers, and industry leaders; hands-on learning opportunities and professional training; and experiential site visits to relevant energy and environmental projects.

2015-2016 Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in at least one, and possibly two of the following study tours planned for September, 2015 and the spring in 2016.

  1. Europe: Low Carbon Energy, Including Off-Shore Wind (September, 2015)
  2. United States: Renewable Energy and Hydraulic Fracturing in Texas (Spring, 2016)

Participation fees for the study tours are EUR 350 / USD 400 for domestic tours and EUR 520 / USD 600 for international tours. Travel fees cover flights, accommodation and the majority of meals during the tour (a total value of approximately $2,860 or €2,570 per tour).


Transforming this dialogue into action is a core objective of the ELEEP network. As such, transatlantic collaboration amongst members on projects ranging from co-authored articles and member-organized events to new initiatives and startups is encouraged. ELEEP provides numerous opportunities for fellows to publish, attend events, and speak through the Atlantic Council and Ecologic. Examples of member-driven activity include:

  • Speaking: ELEEP members have spoken at ELEEP and Atlantic Council events, and been connected to outside speaking opportunities, including congressional briefings and testimony.
  • Over Thirty Publications: These include policy recommendations presented to European policymakers in Brussels, long-form reports, including one on Shale-gas in Poland presented to European Commission officials, articles in widely read periodicals such as Bloomberg, the Atlantic, and Popular Science, among others, and blogs and op-eds on the Atlantic Council and Ecologic Institute websites (links available on ELEEP.eu).
  • Four Member-Led Study Tours: Member-organized tours and studies in Germany, the UK, and the United States (information available on ELEEP.eu).


For the first time, ELEEP will offer mentor matching for new members, connecting fellows with ELEEP alumni. Mentors will agree to meet in person, or connect over the phone or Skype, with mentees multiple times per year to offer professional advice, substantive expertise on issues of interest to fellows, and discuss possible collaboration.


The ELEEP Network includes rising leaders, primarily between ages of 25 and 35, from a wide range of professional backgrounds including, but not limited to, government officials (local, regional, or federal), young CEOs, academics, scientists, agricultural experts, entrepreneurs, national security experts, urban planners, energy professionals, lawyers, urban planners, and journalists. ELEEP seeks a “big-tent” collection of individuals, representing all political parties and facets of the energy and environmental sectors. ELEEP Members are young leaders in a position to influence the debate on energy and the environment at the local, regional, national, or international level. Ideal candidates will have 5-10 years of work experience in a related field, and a desire to share best practices and seek professional collaboration with fellow members.


Eligible applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Be between 25-35 years of age. This is the recommended age range for ELEEP members, however, ELEEP is flexible in this regard and open to accepting qualified candidates who fall outside this range.
  • Live in North America or Europe (not required to be a North American or European citizen)English Fluency

Overview of Activities:

  • One study tour in Europe on low carbon energy, including offshore wind energy, planned for September, 2015
  • One study tour in Texas on wind energy and hydraulic fracturing, planned for spring, 2016
  • Regular webinars related to the study tours
  • Regular lunch presentations in DC, Brussels and Berlin

Overview of benefits:

  • 12 month fellowship within ELEEP
  • Access to a professional transatlantic network of peers and mentors
  • Mentorship match with ELEEP alumni (ELEEP alumni bios)
  • Guaranteed invitation to participate in at least one study tour
  • Opportunity to participate and/or speak in webinars and lunch presentations
  • Opportunity to publish through the Atlantic Council and Ecologic Institute
  • Opportunity to speak and present under the label of ELEEP and ELEEP’s partners
  • Opportunity to join the ELEEP alumni network after the fellowship concludes

Membership Dues:
ELEEP fellows contribute to covering a part of the network costs with a contribution of $200 (€ 175). Applicants are encouraged to inquire if their employers have a budget for professional development that can be used to cover dues. Membership dues are separate from travel fees.

The ELEEP Network is Funded with Grants from the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Allianz Foundation

Robert Bosch Stiftung