Welcome to our application portal.

This is your first step in joining the FOCUS Network and making one of the most exciting decisions of your life.

We will select just 20 participants this year to launch a historic, new approach to helping young people take action on climate. 10 students will go to one country. And 10 will go to another for their FOCUS Climate Gap Year. In the fall you will travel as a cohort learning about the range of climate impacts and solutions in your country. In the spring, you will customize your own journey to dig deeper into whatever excited you most during your fall semester. All participants will be able to earn a full year of college credit along the way (18 credits each semester).

Remember, as you embark on your application process, we aren't interested in your grades. We are interested in learning about who you are and the kind of leader you want to become. We want to know how you see the world, why you care about climate and what motivates you to build stronger more resilient communities.

We know that pursuing higher education can come at a cost that many can’t afford and we’re trying to do everything we can at FOCUS to break those barriers down. For 2018, we are excited to announce that we are offering five $1,000 scholarships funded by our partner, Pattern Energy.  To be considered for our 2018 scholarships, please fill out a brief application here.   Scholarship applications are separate from the official FOCUS application, found on this page.    

All applicants should review the following two documents before submitting their final application. A copy of the signed student policy will be due upon acceptance into the program after the interview process.

Essential Eligibility Criteria
Student Policies


Applications for Fall 2018 programs closed May 15, 2018. We will notify all applicants in time for Gap Year Decision Day (May 25, 2018). If you are interested in applying for future years, you can use the same application above.

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China, Chile, Argentina, India

FOCUS is ready to launch cohorts in these countries, however, we want to learn from our applicants about which countries they are most interested in exploring.  Each country that we have selected for our 2018 programs has their own unique climate story that participants will get to experience. We will send our cohorts to whichever countries generate the most interest during the application process. Through our network of in-country climate partners, participants will get to experience deep cultural connection through homestays and language immersions, in addition to the unique climate stories in each country below.