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The Meridian Institute Project Associate Position & Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: 10 pm EST on Monday, January 17, 2022. 

The Meridian Institute Project Associate Position & Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for early-career professionals to contribute to Meridian’s mission to help people collaborate to solve complex problems, make informed decisions, and implement solutions that improve lives, the environment, and the economy. Project Associate Fellows are embedded in project teams and engaged in varied and highly complex issues, learn about multi-party collaborative problem solving from experienced facilitators, and work directly with leaders from diverse sectors and interest groups. The Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position assigned to Meridian’s Dillon, CO, or Washington, DC offices. Project Associate Fellows who are selected will begin work in June 2022 or earlier. 


Due to the nature and intent of the fellowship program, we do not accept applicants with degrees beyond a bachelor’s, nor do we accept those who are currently pursuing graduate studies. Additional eligibility criteria include:

  • Full professional proficiency or higher in English 
  • Legally able to work in the United States without visa support/sponsorship
  • Have completed a bachelor’s or expect to complete a bachelor’s degree by May of 2022


First-year Fellows are offered a salary of $45,450 per year in a non-exempt position ($21.86 per hour) and are eligible for overtime compensation. In the second year, Fellows receive set increases to account for growth and development within the program. Meridian offers an excellent benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance; employer contributions to a 401(k) plan; and vacation, sick, and holidays (alternative holidays available upon request and approval). In addition, Fellows are provided with a stipend of up to $500 to support relocation expenses and are issued laptops and mobile phones in conjunction with employment. Washington, DC-based Fellows are provided reimbursement of costs incurred by using public transit to commute to work. 

Application Procedure

Apply using the Meridian Institute applicant portalFor the best experience, we recommend opening the applicant portal in either Chrome (version 30+), Safari (7+), Firefox (27+), or Microsoft Edge. 

After registering your account and logging into the applicant portal, you will be directed to provide  additional information related to your application and upload the following materials: 

  1. Cover Letter – 1 page 

Drawing from your personal, professional, and academic experiences, please explain how you hope to contribute to Meridian as a Fellow and what you hope to gain from this opportunity. 

  1. Essay – 1 page 

Meridian works on a variety of social and environmental policy issues including agriculture  & food systems, climate change, environment & natural resources, forests, health, oceans &  coasts, resilience, science & technology, and water. Briefly describe a critical public policy issue facing society today and suggest how a collaborative process could be effective in helping address that issue. If applicable, include details about which parties should be engaged and what challenges might be faced in trying to bring them together. 

  1. Resume – 1 page 

Detail relevant education, training, experiences, and accomplishments. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the application process can be found here. Please direct any additional questions about the Fellowship to Jennifer Brassanini (

Official Website: The Meridian Institute Project Associate Position & Fellowship Program



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