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Building Green Leaders with Climate Corps


EDF Climate Corps Fellow Yookyung Kim on-site at New Balance during the program.

Climate Corps fellowship is a hands-on program where we train ambitious masters level and recent graduate students and custom match them with top companies and organizations to advance climate and sustainability goals.


Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) started the Climate Corps fellowship in 2008 to catalyze bold, high-impact environmental solutions that benefit the planet and people’s health.Working in China, India and the U.S. fellows help hosts reduce greenhouse gas emissions, chart net-zero roadmaps, embed sustainability, and more.


Since its launch in India in 2021, the fellowship has trained and placed more than 80 fellows across 25+ host organizations including AB InBev, Amazon, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, ITC, JSW Cement, Mahindra, Nestlé, Tata Steel and Zomato, among others. 


In 2024, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) partnered with AshokaX to identify and foster the next generation of sustainability talent in India. The Ashoka Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps Fellowship will boost the capacity of companies and other organizations in advancing their climate goals while identifying and training the next generation of sustainability leaders.


How Climate Corps gets results

Selection: We select passionate & talented individuals through our robust screening process 


Training:  All of our fellows undergo rigorous training on the latest concepts, tools and skillset to achieve a net-zero economy. As trends evolve, so do the solutions and resources our fellows have to offer.


Matching: We custom match fellows with companies, public institutions and nonprofit organizations based on each fellow’s skills and interests, and each host’s needs.


Fellowship: Fellows then work with hosts for 8-12 weeks to create actionable sustainability strategies, with support from other fellows, program alumni and expert advisors.



The program addresses a crucial human capital gap in the wide-ranging efforts to fight climate change, delivering bold, practical solutions that benefit the planet and people’s health.

Former EDF Climate Corps fellows pictured during their programs, including Yiping Shao at Coca-Cola (top left); a group of fellows at a training reception; and Daniel Powell at Google (right).

Benefits for fellows

  • Gain real-world experience working on cutting-edge energy and sustainability projects for some of the world’s top companies and organizations.

  • Make a meaningful impact in the fight against climate change — one that can not only benefit the environment today, but for years to come.

  • Launch your environmental career and build your professional network through other fellows and hosts, with lifelong membership in the Climate Corps network.

Fellowship alumni are known to stay in touch and support one another, and almost all still work in sustainability — many in leadership roles at prominent companies in more than 40 countries.

Learn more about becoming a fellow

Benefits for hosts, including businesses


  • Gain a competitive edge by receiving practical, cost-effective solutions that support your net-zero goals and improve your climate impact.

  • Work with highly qualified fellows from leading universities as you navigate the ever-changing world of sustainability and climate action.

  • Attract and retain top talent by hosting our fellows and making your organization more attractive to talent who expect strong environmental policy from employers..

Hosting a fellow is a high-impact way to advance your net-zero and sustainability goals. The proof? Partners like Amazon, ITC, JSW Cement, Mahindra, Tata Steel and Tamil Nadu Green Climate Company have worked with Climate Corps fellows.

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A Transformative Learning Experience

Climate Corps was the start of my own sustainable journey, and I knew these fellows would add value to our team.

-Inesh Singh, former EDF Climate Corps Fellow at PepsiCo

To foster a stronger climate movement, our organization must reflect the world in which we operate — and use our influence to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in all the work we do.


-Sangeeta Rao

EDF’s diversity journey is a strategic priority for the organization. We are committed to education, progress and building an equitable environment within our walls and through the work we do around the world.


-Chandana Dixit

Featured projects with top organizations

Climate Corps fellowship drives lasting change across multiple sectors with a wide range of top companies and organizations — and building a network of thousands of alumni and partners such as-

Our fellows undergo training that includes virtual sessions from industry leaders and experts, covering essential topics GHG accounting, sustainability strategy, carbon accounting, financial analysis and more.

 

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Rita Kothari

Rita Kothari

Professor of English, Ashoka University

Director, MA in English Programme

Ph.D. Gujarat University

Rita Kothari is a multilingual scholar and translator whose work spans across different disciplines such as literature, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and history. Her questions emerge from observations of regions and communities in the western part of the Indian subcontinent—Gujarat, Kutch, and Sindh.

Her ethnographic research on marginal communities—through religion, caste, occupation, and gender—focuses upon narratives of identity, raising questions of both linguistic and cultural translation. Kothari has translated extensively from Gujarati and Sindhi into English, and occasionally vice versa. Her translations, as well as her edited volumes, have made significant contributions to the field of language politics and translation. Movement across languages, contexts, and cultures form the fulcrum of her interests, making translation the prism through which she sees the Indian context.

Her latest book, Uneasy Translations: Self, Experience and Indian Literature, interweaves her personal journey as an academic into reflections around self, language, and translation – with an eye upon the intangibly available category of experience. It is available here.

Rita Kothari

Professor of English, Ashoka University

Director, MA in English Programme

Ph.D. Gujarat University

Rita Kothari is a multilingual scholar and translator whose work spans across different disciplines such as literature, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and history. Her questions emerge from observations of regions and communities in the western part of the Indian subcontinent—Gujarat, Kutch, and Sindh.

Her ethnographic research on marginal communities—through religion, caste, occupation, and gender—focuses upon narratives of identity, raising questions of both linguistic and cultural translation. Kothari has translated extensively from Gujarati and Sindhi into English, and occasionally vice versa. Her translations, as well as her edited volumes, have made significant contributions to the field of language politics and translation. Movement across languages, contexts, and cultures form the fulcrum of her interests, making translation the prism through which she sees the Indian context.

Her latest book, Uneasy Translations: Self, Experience and Indian Literature, interweaves her personal journey as an academic into reflections around self, language, and translation – with an eye upon the intangibly available category of experience. It is available here.

Arvind Panagariya

Rita Kothari

Professor of English, Ashoka University

Director, MA in English Programme

Ph.D. Gujarat University

Rita Kothari is a multilingual scholar and translator whose work spans across different disciplines such as literature, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and history. Her questions emerge from observations of regions and communities in the western part of the Indian subcontinent—Gujarat, Kutch, and Sindh.

Her ethnographic research on marginal communities—through religion, caste, occupation, and gender—focuses upon narratives of identity, raising questions of both linguistic and cultural translation. Kothari has translated extensively from Gujarati and Sindhi into English, and occasionally vice versa. Her translations, as well as her edited volumes, have made significant contributions to the field of language politics and translation. Movement across languages, contexts, and cultures form the fulcrum of her interests, making translation the prism through which she sees the Indian context.

Her latest book, Uneasy Translations: Self, Experience and Indian Literature, interweaves her personal journey as an academic into reflections around self, language, and translation – with an eye upon the intangibly available category of experience. It is available here.

Arvind Panagariya

Professor of Economics and Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of

Indian Political Economy at Columbia University

PhD Princeton University

Arvind Panagariya is Professor of Economics and Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of

Indian Political Economy at Columbia University.

He served as the first Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog, Government of India in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. During this time, he also served as India’s G20 Sherpa and led the Indian teams that negotiated the G20 Leaders’ Communiqués during presidencies of Turkey (2015), China (2016) and Germany (2017).

Professor Panagariya is a former Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and was on the faculty of the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland at College Park. During those years, he also worked with the World Bank, IMF and UNCTAD in various capacities.

Professor Panagariya is a prolific writer. He has authored or edited 20 books. The latest among them are Free Trade and Prosperity and India Unlimited. His book India: The Emerging Giant was listed as a top pick of 2008 by The Economist and described as the “definitive book on the Indian economy” by Fareed Zakaria of CNN. The Economist has described his book, Why Growth Matters, (with Jagdish Bhagwati) as “a manifesto for policymakers and analysts.”

Scientific papers by Professor Panagariya have appeared in the top economics journals while policy papers by him have appeared in the Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy. He writes a monthly column in the Times of India and his guest columns have appeared in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and India Today.

In March 2012, the Government of India honoured Professor Panagariya with Padma

Bhushan, the third highest civilian honours the country bestows in any field.

Vinay Sitapati

Vinay Sitapati

Associate Professor, Political Science and Legal Studies, Ashoka University

Ph.D. Princeton University

Vinay Sitapati is a political scientist and award-winning author, recognized as one of Apolitical’s global 100 Most Influential Academics in Government’

After beginning his career as a journalist with The Indian Express he earned his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University where he continues to serve as Visiting Professor of Political Science. 

He is the author of two best-selling books. His first book Half-Lion, a biography of Indian Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, was also named "A Book of the Year” by The Economist. His latest book, Jugalbandi: BJP Before Modi, traces how the BJP came to power today through an analysis of its past leaders, Vajpayee and Advani. 

He also writes extensively for national and international publications, where he analyzes laws, provides on-ground coverage of the elections and dissects political campaigns. 

He is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at Ashoka University.

Vinay Sitapati

Associate Professor, Political Science and Legal Studies, Ashoka University

Ph.D. Princeton University

Vinay Sitapati is a political scientist and award-winning author, recognized as one of Apolitical’s global 100 Most Influential Academics in Government’

After beginning his career as a journalist with The Indian Express he earned his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University where he continues to serve as Visiting Professor of Political Science. 

He is the author of two best-selling books. His first book Half-Lion, a biography of Indian Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, was also named "A Book of the Year” by The Economist. His latest book, Jugalbandi: BJP Before Modi, traces how the BJP came to power today through an analysis of its past leaders, Vajpayee and Advani. 

He also writes extensively for national and international publications, where he analyzes laws, provides on-ground coverage of the elections and dissects political campaigns. 

He is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at Ashoka University.

Rohit De

Amita Baviskar

Dean, Faculty and Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology and Anthropology, Ashoka University

Ph.D. Cornell University

Amita Baviskar’s work on the politics of environmental changes and social inequity has been fundamental to developing the field of environmental sociology in India.

She has held teaching positions in the University of Delhi and the Institute of Economic Growth, as well as been a visiting scholar at several universities including Stanford, Cornell, SciencesPo, and the University of Cape Town. Her work on the environment also earned her a position as a member of the Forest Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. 

Her first book In the Belly of the River and her other works focus on resource rights, popular movements, and discourses on environmentalism spanning urban and rural geographies. She also writes on food and politics for academic journals, as well as contributing pieces on current issues to publications like Economic and Political Weekly.

She is Head of Environmental Studies, as well as Professor of Environmental Studies and Anthropology at Ashoka University.

Rohit De

Associate Professor, Department of History, Yale University PhD Princeton University

Rohit De is a lawyer and historian of modern South Asia and focuses on the legal history of the Indian subcontinent and the common law world.


He held the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for History and Economics and then became a fellow of Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge. After that, he began to work at Yale University


His scholarship ranges across questions of decolonisation and nationalism, comparative constitutional law, and South Asian as well as global histories of law. He was awarded a Carnegie fellowship to conduct research on social movement lawyering during civil liberty movements for Rights from the Left: Decolonisation, Diasporas and a Global History of Rebellious Lawyering. His book, A People's Constitution: Law and Everyday Life in the Indian Republic, won several awards for its analysis of how the Indian constitution suffuses the imagination of its people. His second book further studied how the ordinary citizens of India engaged with the making of the constitution in Assembling the Indian Constitution. Rohit De has also been directly involved in shaping legal reforms in his time assisting Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan of the Supreme Court of India and working on constitution reform projects in Nepal and Sri Lanka. 


He is Associate Professor at the Department of History and an Associate Research Scholar in the Law School at Yale University.

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Madhavi Menon

Professor of English, Ashoka University

Director, Centre for Studies in Gender & Sexuality

Director of the PhD Programme in English

Ph.D. Tufts University

Madhavi Menon is an eminent theorist and scholar of gender, sexuality, politics, and identity. 

She joined Ashoka University in 2013 as one of its founding faculty members. She went on to establish the university’s Centre for Gender & Sexuality Studies (CSGS), which is the first of its kind in India. Previously, she was a professor at Ithaca College and American University

Most prominently known for her work on queer theory and Shakespeare, she has also edited the collection Shakesqueer and written three books on Shakespeare and sexuality. She is also most recently the author of Infinite Varieties: A History of Desire in India and Law of Desire: Rulings on Sex & Sexuality in India. 

In addition to being Director of CSGS, she is the Director of the Ph.D. programme in English and Professor of English at Ashoka University.