Ruckelshaus Fellowship Program

Meridian Institute is pleased to announce the opening of the thirteenth annual application cycle for our Ruckelshaus Fellowship Program!

Meridian is a mission-driven, non-profit organization that has helped our clients and partners develop and implement solutions to complicated, often controversial problems—big and small, global and local—on issues of climate change, food systems, forests, water, science and technology, and more. Meridian Institute designs, manages and facilitates collaborative processes that bring people together who understand the issues and have a stake in their resolution.

The Ruckelshaus Fellowship is an opportunity for early-career professionals to contribute to Meridian’s mission to help people collaborate to solve complex problems, make informed decisions, and implement solutions that improve lives, the environment, and the economy.

The Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position working in either a hybrid or remote arrangement. Hybrid employees are based in one of Meridian’s two offices – in Dillon, CO or Washington, DC. We strongly encourage hybrid work for Fellows as it provides more opportunities to build relationships within the cohort and leverage the networking benefits of the program. Project Associate and Ruckelshaus Fellows who are selected will begin work in June 2024 or earlier.

Our Ruckelshaus Fellowship Application Guide provides an in-depth look into the fellowship—including position responsibilities, application instructions, FAQs, and insight from current and past fellows. The deadline to submit applications is 10:00 PM EST on Monday, January 29, 2024.

Although we appreciate the interest, no informational interviews will be offered. Meridian Institute will be holding an online informational session on the Fellowship program on January 17th at 2pm EST. Click the link here to register.

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