The Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network

DEADLINE: June 26, 2016

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 2016. 


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 a 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, transatlantic coordination and collaboration are supported through working groups, publishing platforms, and even micro-grants for members and alumni, resulting in a range of joint ELEEP projects over the years.


The ELEEP Network includes more than 100 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, investors, development professionals, national security experts, urban planners, energy professionals, lawyers, 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 and innovators in a position to influence the debate at the local, regional, national, or international level. Ideal candidates will have between 5-15 years of work experience in a related field, and a desire to share best practices and seek professional collaboration with fellow members.


The 2016-2017 Fellowship Class will add 15-20 new members to the ELEEP Network and run from August 1, 2016-July 31, 2017. Programming for the 2016-2017 Fellowship Class will be centered on the theme of climate adaptation, and will explore such topics as:

  • Current and expected climate change impacts in Europe and the United States (extreme weather events, changes in water availability, unusual seasonal temperatures, rising sea levels, etc.);
  • Strategies and best practices for climate adaptation in Europe and the United States; and
  • Low-carbon strategies at the local level for increasing the resilience of the energy sector to climate change impacts (distributed generation, smart & micro-grids, non-water dependent renewable energies, energy efficiency, etc.).

Overview of benefits:

  • Twelve month fellowship within ELEEP centered around the theme of climate adaptation
  • Access to a diverse professional transatlantic network of peers and leaders
  • Guaranteed invitation to participate in at least one cost subsidized study tour
  • Opportunity to participate and/or speak in regular ELEEP webinars, virtual discussions and lunch presentations related to the theme of the fellowship year
  • Opportunity to attend an ELEEP Conference on Energy Transition and Climate Adaptation planned for June 2017
  • Continuous online discussions with ELEEP Members via the ELEEP Facebook Group
  • Opportunity to publish through the Atlantic Council and Ecologic Institute
  • Opportunity to participate in thematic working groups and develop collaborative impact-projects with other ELEEP Members
  • Opportunity to join the ELEEP alumni network after the fellowship concludes with access to exclusive Atlantic Council and Ecologic flagship events and dedicated micro-grants to support independent projects


In-person engagement is the cornerstone of the ELEEP experience. Since ELEEP's founding in 2011, we have organized fifteen 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 (See Activities Section). Study tours are intensive week-long trips featuring off-record meetings with senior experts, policy makers, and industry leaders, and experiential site visits to relevant energy and environmental projects. 2016-2017 Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in at least one, and possibly two of the following planned study tours:

  • Europe: Climate Adaptation in Urban Environments in the United Kingdom and Belgium  (October 10-14, 2016)
  • United States: Climate Adaptation to Water Scarcity in California (February 27-March 3, 2017 or March 6-10, 2017)

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


In addition to study tours, ELEEP Fellows also engage in online discussions via the vibrant ELEEP Facebook Group, as well as ELEEP webinars and virtual discussions developed by ELEEP’s organizing partners on select topics of interest. As transforming this dialogue into action is a core objective of the ELEEP network, ELEEP Members also have the opportunity to develop member-driven collaborative impact projects via thematic working groups. These working groups provide a facilitated platform for collaboration amongst ELEEP Members on projects ranging from co-authored articles and member-organized events to new initiatives and startups.

Over the course of the fellowship, each fellow must produce an output exploring an energy or environmental issue of his/her choice in the transatlantic context (i.e. how can the US and EU better cooperate to enhance urban resiliency). Outputs might include blog pieces or op-eds to be published by the Atlantic Council, Ecologic Institute, or on the ELEEP website; local events such as ELEEP lunches with a guest speaker; or other outputs that promote the ELEEP brand, enhance the transatlantic dialogue around energy and environmental issues, and provide opportunities for ELEEP members and alumni to engage and collaborate with one another.


The Atlantic Council will host a high-level ELEEP Conference on Energy Transition and Climate Adaptation in June 2017 at its premises in Washington DC. The conference will link fellows and alumni from current and previous ELEEP fellowship cohorts. Financial support for attendance of the ELEEP Conference will be provided to a limited number of ELEEP Fellows based on their needs and contributions to the network and conference.


Eligible applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Be 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).
  • Be fluent English speakers

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 application deadline is June 26, 2016: Apply here.