Fellowship Program

This one-year fellowship program aims to support education and professional development for exceptional students through an internship with IEN, academic project work, mentorship, training, and support. The fellowship program aims to engage students with diverse backgrounds and experiences, including students of color and low-income students.


Fellowship Overview & Term

Fellowships take place over a 12-month period, with fellows working:

  • 5-10 hours per week from January-May,
  • 40 hours per week from June-August,
  • and 5-10 hours per week from September-December.

Fellows will receive an $8,000 honorarium and extensive opportunities to connect with experts in the sustainable investing field, attend industry forums, and access educational opportunities. The main components of the fellowship are project-based learning, training, support, and a formal mentorship program.

Project Based Learning: Fellows will work with IEN Staff to develop a project proposal and work plan based on current Network priorities and the fellow’s expertise and interest. The leadership and implementation of this project will be the cornerstone of the fellow’s internship.

Dedicated Mentor: Fellows will be matched up with an expert from the sustainable investing industry, providing fellows with access to real-world expertise and building their professional networks. Mentors will help fellows develop a set of tangible and feasible goals that leverage their expertise and offer ongoing support and guidance to the fellow, both in relation to their Fellowship project and professional goals beyond. Students in the final year of their degree program may be eligible for a customized fellowship schedule. the fellowship. Mentors will connect with fellows approximately once a month over the term of the project.

Training and Support: Fellows will also participate in a one-day training at the beginning of the program to build knowledge on theories of change, sustainability frameworks, basic sustainable investing knowledge, and professionalism and workplace skills. Fellows will participate in quarterly meetings focused on project check-ins and continued education; and have the opportunity to attend events, webinars, and working group meetings hosted by IEN and partner organizations.


Selection & Eligibility

In order to apply for the fellowship program, students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program with a demonstrated interest in pursuing or advancing a career in sustainable investing. The fellowship program runs annually from January – December, and requires an average commitment of 5-10 hours a week from January-May and SeptemberDecember, and 40 hours a week from June-August.

The fellowship program aims to specifically engage students of color, low-income students, and students with diverse backgrounds and experiences; with the goal of creating a more diverse pipeline of finance professionals with a solid grasp on sustainable investing.


Our Fellows

2019 Fellow

2020 Fellow



Applications for the Fellowship Program are currently closed. For more information, contact Nicole Torrico at [email protected]