Fellowships

Energy Department Seeks Recent Ph.D. Recipients for Postdoctoral Research Projects to Spur Innovation in Solar Energy

Applications accepted through the end of April

In order to further spur innovation in solar energy, the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is now accepting applications for postdoctoral researchers in solar energy to participate in the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards. The EERE Postdoctoral Research Award Program supports emerging scientific leaders focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy to help solve our nation’s energy challenges. This year, this exciting program will offer up to five recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research projects to advance breakthrough solar energy technologies at universities, national laboratories and other research facilities.

Learn more about the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards Program and how to apply.

ARPA-E Fellowships

ARPA-E is looking for the next generation of scientific leaders to help solve the most pressing and exciting challenges in energy. The Fellows assist the Agency in identifying possible breakthrough energy technologies through technical and economic analyses. During their two-year tenure, ARPA-E Fellows undergo a full-immersion experience in energy technology development, engaging with world-class researchers in academia and industry, entrepreneurs, and government officials. Prior experience in energy and/or commercialization is not necessary. The submission deadline is April 11; for more information, click here

Partnerships for Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technologies (PISET)

This program seeds new interdisciplinary research programs in sustainable energy science, technology, and policy with funding for a University of Michigan Sustainable Energy Research Fellow. Successful proposals will combine innovative research plans with concrete timelines for establishing independent funding.

The next round of proposals for funding is to be announced.

To learn more details about PISET, check out the info sheet from the most recent round of funding here

Energy Institute/ UROP partnership

The University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI), in partnership with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) seeks to provide selected U-M undergraduates at all years of study with a $4,000 stipend for a 10-week fellowship to work under the supervision of a University of Michigan faculty member in science, technology, and policy fields related to the following research areas:

  energy policy, economics, and societal impact
  carbon-free energy sources
  energy storage and utilization
  transportation and fuels

The application deadline is April 1, 2014

Suitable mentors may be identified from the UMEI faculty affiliates. Participating undergraduates will perform research and receive mentoring while they work on the great challenge of our times: meeting the energy needs to our society in a sustainable manner. The UMEI-UROP partnership engages undergraduates who express interest in energy issues and encourage them to advance their education in the field.

In addition to research with a UMEI faculty affiliate, students will participate in UROP activities, which include weekly seminars and other community-building opportunities for participants and conclude with poster presentations at a symposium.

The UMEI-UROP program seeks to attract a [broadly] diverse student population, which would include women and historically underrepresented students as well as first generation college students and students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. The program also offers workshops and resources to assist students with the graduate school application process.

This fellowship is open to current undergraduate students attending the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus. Students may not be enrolled in more than one spring or one summer course while participating in the fellowship program. Enrollment in spring/summer courses is highly discouraged for program participants.

Stipend Award: $4000
Fellowship Dates: Monday, June 2 - Friday August 8, 2014 Application Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2014 Orientation: Monday, June 2, 2014

Application Instructions
Students should e-mail a single Adobe PDF file including following items to Bart Bartlett (Associate Director for Science and Technology).

1. Research Proposal

This three page research proposal (single-spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins; page limit includes all figures and references) is a persuasive document that describes the purpose of your research, why it should be done, your methodology, your proposed timeline, the scope of the summer project, and your expected results by the end of the fellowship.
2. Resume or CV
3. Official Transcript

You will need to submit an official transcript from U of M and any other institutions (higher education institutions, e.g. all community colleges attended)

In addition, students should arrange for the UMEI Faculty Affiliate (summer mentor) to send a recommendation letter to Bart Bartlett by the March 14, 2014 deadline. The recommendation letter from the faculty affiliate should include a brief statement of how long and in what capacity the faculty affiliate knows the student. Faculty should also comment specifically on the student’s scholarly potential, maturity, motivation, and ability to work independently in a summer research program.