Future Climate Venture Studio Fellowship

The Future Climate Venture Fellowship Program, part of the Future Climate Venture Studio, is designed to provide tangible experiences for students interested in learning about start-ups, marketing, commercialization, venture development, and research around climate change.

Fellows will be assigned to a mentor or startup company and will have the opportunity to learn about a wide range of subject matters directed at addressing climate change. Fellows will develop communication and marketing skills as well as have the opportunity to  play a role in bringing technologies around climate change to market through supporting start-ups and early-stage companies. Fellows may also have the chance to help develop pitch decks with their respective company and will have the opportunity to attend internal and external educational and career development focused seminars.  Fellows will be required to give an oral presentation at the conclusion of the program.


Accepting Applications until January 15th, 2023



Dr. Chris Conners
Fellowship Director


1. About the Future Climate Studio:

The Future Climate Venture Studio, launched in September 2022, is a unique public-private partnership model between UConn, RGA Ventures, CTNext and other agencies, that is designed to support and build a Clean Energy economy for the state of Connecticut and the Northeast. This unique partnership helps position UConn as a world leader in addressing climate change by engaging in a) interdisciplinary multi-institute research programs, b) forming strategic partnerships to create an ecosystem of opportunity and solutions for new startups in climate tech and c) workforce development and advocacy to address the human future.

2. Credit, Compensation, and Hours:

The fellowship will take place during the Spring 2023 semester. Selected student fellows will receive a fellowship grant in the total of $2500. Students will be required to spend 10 hours/week (work hours will not include weekends) and a commitment to fully engage and continue with the fellowship program for the duration.  Fellows will work on-site or remotely depending upon the program needs.

3. Qualifications:

Interested students must be:

  • Enrolled in a Masters and/or PhD program in Engineering, STEM, Agriculture, Social sciences or Business
  • Have excellent writing skills
  • Have a science, technical, or business background
  • Have an interest in the entrepreneurial process
  • Have an interest in addressing climate change
  • Be self-motivated, have good time management, and dependable
  • Have the ability to work independently and handle confidential material

    Successful candidates will be required to sign Confidentiality Agreements and may be required to undergo a background check at the discretion of the Program Manager.

    4. How to Apply:

    Applications will be accepted until 5 PM of January 15th, 2023. Applicants are required to submit a CV/resume, a cover letter discussing their relevant education, experience, and interest in the program including their commitment to addressing climate change, and the contact information for two references.

    Please email all the required materials under the subject line: Climate Venture Studio Fellowship-Last Name, First Name to Chris Conners:  Christopher.conners@uconn.edu