Climate Policy Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

Posted by: Jennifer Perron
Post Date: 2/06/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: University of California, Berkeley
Position/Title/Fund: Climate Policy Fellow
Type/Term: Full-time, 1-year term with possibility of renewal
Location: Berkeley, California
Salary: $70,500–$86,900 annually
Deadline: February 20, 2024
Contact Info:

The California-China Climate Institute (CCCI) is seeking to hire two Research Fellows focused on International Climate Policy and Subnational Climate Actions.

UC Berkeley’s California-China Climate Institute (CCCI) is a research institute in the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment (CLEE) at Berkeley Law. Former California Governor Jerry Brown chairs the Institute in partnership with Vice Chair Mary Nichols and Director Fan Dai. The Institute receives guidance and support from expert policy and operations staff, and an academic advisory committee. The Institute also works closely with other UC campuses, departments and leaders. Launched in September 2019, this groundbreaking initiative was established to spur further climate action through joint research, training and dialogue in California and China, with the goal of informing national policy makers and promoting the implementation of climate solutions at all levels.

The fellows will work with CCCI on climate change policy issues in California, China and beyond. The focus will be on long-term climate goal-setting, and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience, and projects may also cover multi-state and international topics. Specific research areas will depend on the fellows’ background and interests, but will likely include: carbon neutrality, carbon pricing, electric vehicle deployment, industrial decarbonization, adaptation and resilience, and nature-based climate solutions. The fellows will collaborate with project partners at other academic institutions, in state government, from the business and nonprofit communities, and other stakeholders.


  • Engaging in a variety of activities to support the ongoing project research and implementation
  • Conducting research on international climate policy and actions, including policy, science, law, and technology, under the direction of and in collaboration with CCCI team members, CLEE staff, affiliates, and other experts in relevant fields
  • Developing projects and initiatives in collaboration with CCCI team members
  • Drafting outputs in a variety of possible formats, ranging from framing papers to blog posts to social media posts
  • Assisting Institute faculty and staff in organizing and running meetings, workshops, and other convenings with California and international climate policy leaders, policymakers, and academics;
  • Presenting findings, updates, interim reports, etc. to sponsors, media, and nongovernmental, governmental, academic, and/or stakeholder communities as needed
  • Assisting with other miscellaneous aspects of project activities as appropriate



  • Candidate must hold an advanced degree


  • Candidate holds a Ph.D., or Master, J.D., or equivalent international degree, or other advanced degree
  • Experience and knowledge at the intersection of economics, science, business, and policy and the ability to work with people from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and policy perspectives
  • Ability to work with people from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and policy perspectives
  • At least 3 years of experience in a policy-focused environment, including but not limited to study in an advanced academic program or Policy Program
  • Experience with research, writing, and analysis
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to prioritize and function both independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to finish projects and deliver on commitments
  • Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines
  • Willingness to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas
  • An interest in making the world better
How to Apply:

Apply online:

Document requirements:

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing Sample - Such as a policy brief, comment letter, white paper, or equivalent of no more than 10 pages.
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley. (Optional)
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Additional materials may be requested of applicants.