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.

Every year we select a limited number of young leaders who possess the grit, ambition and curiosity to immerse themselves in a new culture, a new landscape and a new perspective. Our programs are designed for youth who are particularly interested in learning more about climate change and how their future academic, professional and personal choices can be a part of the solution.

As you embark on your application process, please keep in mind that we aren't interested in your grades (like, at all). We are interested in learning about who you are, what fires you up and the kind of leader you want to become. We want to know how you see the world, why you care about the climate crisis and what motivates you to build stronger more resilient communities and relationships in your life.

We also know that pursuing higher education can come at a cost that many can’t always afford so we’re doing everything we can at FOCUS to break those barriers down. Each year we have a limited number of scholarships available. To be considered for our 2019 scholarships, you must complete the full application below, as well as the scholarship application here. If you are looking to nominate a bright young leader, please nominate them here.


FOCUS Climate Gap Year is committed to helping young people develop the personal and global awareness and skills needed to tackle the climate crisis. Once you join the FOCUS Network by participating in one of our programs, we work directly with you in helping choose the college that meets your climate interests, picking your major, finding internships and mentors, joining campus clubs, job hunting and networking to pursue anything from running for office, launching your own companies or volunteering with the most effective climate organizations.