RMI India first launched its Fellowship Programme in 2020 to develop the next generation of emerging climate leaders in India. The Fellowship is designed to train and equip exceptional early career professionals with the tools and skills needed to support India’s clean energy transformation. Over a 12-month period, Fellows gain market and policy experience, engage in research and modelling exercises, and work as essential members of a fast-paced, motivated, and mission-driven team.

RMI India will be selecting up to four individuals for the 2022 Fellowship. Fellows will be expected to contribute their passion, expertise, and creativity, and will have the opportunity to gain market and policy experience while working as essential members of a fast-paced, motivated, and mission-driven team. The position is based in New Delhi, India.

About RMI India

RMI India is an independent think-and-do tank that works with diverse stakeholders. It takes inspiration from and collaborates with RMI, a 40-year-old non-governmental organisation. RMI India’s mission is to accelerate India’s transition to a clean, prosperous, and inclusive energy future.

Programmatic Focus

Since 2019, RMI India has been working with the public and private sectors to enable India’s clean energy future. Our ongoing work includes partnerships with the central government, regional governments, utilities, industry leaders, and civil society organisations. We focus on supporting the energy transition of the transportation, power, built environment, and industrial sectors, which account for the majority of India’s carbon emissions and particulate pollution.

At the national level, we work with policymakers and ministries to support the development of policies that save energy and emissions, and that help establish India’s low-carbon development pathway. Collaborative and rigorous analysis helps build commitment and confidence among key stakeholders by quantifying the potential environmental and economic impacts of policy proposals.

In collaboration with subnational government and industry partners, we work to deploy demonstration projects and leading early examples of integrated clean energy solutions. The experience of the pilots (both successes and challenges) informs policy recommendations to the central government, creating a learning cycle that helps refine policies for long-term impact.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Recent recipient of a masters or graduate-level degree in a related field such as engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil, energy), business (marketing, finance, international), computer science, mathematics, architecture, urban planning, law, public policy, or physical and social sciences.
  • Basic knowledge of one or more of the team’s focus areas: renewable energy policy and technology, energy storage technology, transportation policy, electric mobility, transportation logistics, sustainable built environments, and urban design and planning.
  • Experience, including academic experience, working with and reporting on research and analysis including literature review, case study development, spreadsheet modeling, and potentially more advanced modeling.
  • Personal qualities: Intense curiosity, self-motivation, ability to work independently, willingness to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas, and a passion for supporting India’s clean energy transition.
Desired Skills
  • Top-level academic performance; between one and two years of cumulative work experience (including internships) is a plus.
  • Experience in or functional knowledge of the transportation, power, or built environment sectors.
  • Strong research skills with the ability to identify relevant sources, summarize key findings, apply knowledge to unique problems, perform original meta-analysis, and document these items clearly.
  • Strong analytical capabilities and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to present quantitative information in a clear, visual format.
  • Ability to synthesise technical information and make recommendations in clear and compelling presentations and written reports.
  • Ability to work effectively with a team and a high degree of professionalism in interaction with others both internally and externally.
  • Work or academic experience with national and/or subnational government agencies, and international and/or Indian cities is a plus.
  • Interest in India’s energy transition and urban development.
Programme Details:

Location: New Delhi, India
Duration: 12 months, with start date flexible within the timeframe of July–August 2022
Compensation: A market-competitive monthly stipend will be paid to RMI India Fellows
Application deadline: May 20, 2022

Candidate review and interview period: May 20 – June 24, 2022
Decision notification: June 24, 2022


Increasing the diversity of thought, perspectives, ideas, and opinions within RMI India is a critical change element supporting our long-term sustainability and mission to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.

As such, it is one of our core values, and we strive for a level of diversity within our organization that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or other social identities—is critical to the long-term success of each team member and collectively as an organization, ensuring that we:

  • Have the different array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.
  • Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating others with dignity, respect, and appreciation, enabling them to feel welcomed, supported, and valued.
  • Effectively connect, communicate, and build long-lasting relationships with decision makers, stakeholders, and constituents within diverse communities.
Application Instructions:

Please ensure you have read the entire announcement below before submitting an application.

Be prepared to share (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter, and (3) a writing or analysis sample. All three documents are required. In your cover letter, you may choose to indicate your top two or three preferences of sectors from within the team’s focus areas (renewable energy policy and technology, energy storage technology, transportation policy, electric mobility, transportation logistics, sustainable built environments, and urban design and planning). Candidates who do not provide compelling answers to the questions “Why do you want to work at RMI India?” and “In what ways are you qualified to contribute to RMI India’s mission?” in their cover letter may not be considered. Additionally, incomplete application materials (for example, a missing cover letter or writing/analysis sample) may not be considered.

Please email the requested materials to: [email protected] and include “Application for 2022 RMI India Fellowship” in the subject line of the email.

Due to the large number of applications received, RMI India is not able to respond to every applicant. We will be in contact with applicants moving to the interview stage.

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