FAQ – China Climate Corps Fellows

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can Chinese students who are currently studying at universities outside of China apply for the Climate Corps China fellowship program?

Yes, all full-time graduate students with Chinese citizenship are eligible to apply for Climate Corps in China. We welcome Chinese students who are currently studying in the US to apply for the China program if your long-term career goal is to return back to China.

Can non-Chinese citizen apply for the Climate Corps China fellowship program?

Climate Corps in China is open to all full-time graduate students with Chinese citizenship as well as full-time graduate students from other countries who are studying in China. Non-Chinese students must obtain proper visa authorization to participate in the fellowship program in China.

What is the cost of participating in the Climate Corps China fellowship program?

There are no out of pocket costs to fellows who participate in the Climate Corps China fellowship program. EDF will cover the full costs of participation in the US training in late May and the China training in early June. China fellows will receive a weekly stipend of $250 throughout the 10-week long fellowship. An additional housing and transportation subsidy will be provided to fellows working in a different city than their home or school to cover the relocation expenses incurred prior to and during the fellowship. EDF will not be responsible for identifying and providing housing options or domestic transportation booking for China fellows.

Can China fellows work on their fellowship projects in the US during the summer?

Not currently. All fellowships in the U.S. require U.S. work authorization granted by the U.S. government.

What does the China training cover?

The China training provides additional tools and skills related to energy audits in factory settings, clean energy, and information on China’s national policies and regulations related to environmental protection, energy conservation, and sustainability.

Will the fellowship result in a full-time job opportunity?

While it is not uncommon for fellows to receive full-time job offers upon successful completion or their projects, this is not an expectation we have of our host organizations.

If my U.S. visa for the U.S. training is rejected by the U.S. embassy in China, can I still participate in the China training and the fellowship?

Yes. If any China fellow cannot attend the U.S. training due to visa issues, the fellow can still attend the China training and fully participate in the Climate Corps program.

Which organizations will be participating in the Climate Corps China fellowship program?

You can expect that all host organizations in the China program will be private companies. We work with both multinational and domestic companies. For a list of past host companies, please visit our project database.

Will the interviews of China fellows be conducted in English or Chinese?

All fellows will be interviewed twice. The China fellows will first be interviewed by a third-party U.S.-based talent acquisition company in English. This interview will focus on analytical and communication skills. The second interview will be conducted by EDF Staff in Chinese and will focus on the specific backgrounds and skillsets of the student.