Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Baruch College and the International Center
U.S. Winter 2012 Climate Change Fellowship
The Climate Change Professional Fellows Program funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is seeking applicants from US professional interested in learning about climate change efforts underway in Indonesia and Japan, during February-March 2012. During the summer 2011, U.S. Professionals visited Australia and China for approximately 3 weeks, meeting with individuals representing a broad spectrum of those working to address climate change issues in their countries. Expenses related to travel and room and board are covered by the program. In addition to U.S. Professionals traveling overseas, professionals from the four participating countries, Australia, China, Indonesia and Japan have visited the U.S. for approximately five weeks and participated in a range of activities including internships and a Congress organized in Washington, D.C. by the State Department. Past fellows have spanned a wide variety of professions encompassing the private, public, and non-profit sectors.
The Professional Fellows program (facilitated by Baruch College and the International Center) functions primarily as a vehicle for international knowledge sharing and network building. It enables young climate change professionals from the U.S. and four Asian-Pacific countries to travel internationally, and explore the science, impact, adaption, mitigation, and actions related
to climate change. Additionally, participation serves as a tremendous opportunity for exchanging ideas but also to learn about efforts underway in other countries. During February-March 2012, a group of four professionals will travel for approximately three weeks to Indonesia and a second group of four professionals will travel to Japan.
The Indonesia Fellowship will begin in Jakarta and Fellow’s will travel to one or two other areas (such as Central Sulawesi) to meet with local organization involved in climate change. This Fellowship will have a strong focus on energy strategies and adaption to sea-level rise.
The Japan Fellowship will begin in Tokyo and Fellow’s travel to one to two other areas (likely Kyoto and Osaka) to meet with local organization involved in climate change; The Japan Fellowship will focus on exploring with Japanese professionals the Ministry of Foreign Affairs paper, released on Nov 29, 2011, discussing Japan’s “Vision and Actions toward Low-Carbon Growth and a Climate-Resilient World” and learn about adaption strategies implemented in response to reduced energy availability resulting from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster.
If you are, or know a young U.S. professional in the broad field of climate change who might be interested in visiting Japan or Indonesia, please visit the Climate Change Fellowship page to apply: http://blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu/climatechange/winter-cohort/
If you have questions, please contact Ms. Aisha Khan by email or call 646-660-6720.