Climate Connaction: Youth Climate Fellowship Program

[applications are closed] You are a young leader, thinker or campaigner committed to climate action? We welcome your application for our non-resident Climate Fellowship Program!

Applications are closed.

Young people have been at the forefront of the climate movement, demanding
action from policymakers and driving change in their communities. To mitigate the
impact of climate change, urgent action is needed. The goal of the fellowship is to
empower 25 young leaders, thinkers or campaigners in their commitment by
offering trainings, workshops, and access to an expert network
in preparation
for the upcoming COP 28. During the seven-month program, we will offer a variety of
need-based trainings (communication, media and organising skills) as well as
exchange and networking opportunities. Our aim is to enhance the next generation’s
skills and capacity to tackle climate change effectively. Climate change is a global
issue with specific regional challenges and requires diverse perspectives and
solutions. This program specifically targets Central and Eastern Europe as well as the
Western Balkans and will thereby contribute to the global conversation on climate

Project Background

The Climate Fellowship Program offers young climate leaders opportunities to
grow, develop skills and make connections across Europe. Through study trips,
training and networking formats, this fellowship has the goal to amplify their voices
in the public sphere and to ensure that their perspectives are taken into account to
shape the direction and priorities of climate action. The project Climate Connaction
by Das Progressive Zentrum is funded by the German Foreign Office.

Preliminary Timeline


Digital kick-off of the Fellowship

7th to 10th of June

Educational travel to Bonn (during the Climate Change Conference)


Climate policy study trip to Berlin


3-day educational travel to a CEE or Western Balkan country or Brussels, including a training session and meeting with local climate activists


Digital activities surrounding the COP 28 (30th November till December 12)

You can download the Call for Applications here.


For questions of any kind, please contact Michelle and Axel at

Axel Ruppert

Project Manager

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