Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

Through the university-wide Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the Energy Institute offers students a 10-week summer fellowship to work under the supervision of a UMEI faculty affiliate on research projects related to energy.

Program Information

Fellowship Stipend: $4,000
(paid in four installments, does not include housing)

Dates: 2021 dates not yet announced (2020 program was May 26 – July 31)

Applications are welcome from undergraduates, in any field and at all years of study, for work in areas including but not limited to:

  • vehicle electrification
  • batteries and other forms of energy storage
  • transportation and fuels
  • energy efficiency and utilization
  • carbon-free energy sources
  • carbon dioxide capture and utilization
  • consumer issues and social impacts
  • energy policy and economics

This fellowship is open to current undergraduate students at the U-M Ann Arbor campus. Because of its intensive research focus, students are not permitted to enroll in more than one spring or one summer course while participating in the fellowship program; in general, UROP participants are highly discouraged from enrolling in any courses during the spring and summer terms that overlap with their fellowship.

The first step for a prospective student is to find a faculty mentor who can take you on in their research group. Suitable mentors may be identified from the UMEI faculty affiliates pages. As part of the application process, you will need to ask your faculty mentor to provide a letter recommending you for an Energy UROP Fellowship.


Students accepted into the program will perform research with and receive mentoring from a UMEI faculty affiliate while working on a great challenge of our times: meeting the energy needs to our society in a sustainable manner.

In addition to their summer research project, students will participate in UROP activities starting with a mandatory UROP-wide Orientation Day on the first day of the summer program. The program includes seminars and other community-building opportunities for participants.  It concludes with the fellows preparing posters summarizing their research findings for presentation at the UROP Summer Symposium.

The UMEI-UROP partnership engages undergraduates with an interest in energy and encourages them to advance their education in the field. UROP seeks to attract a broadly diverse student population, including women and historically underrepresented communities as well as first-generation college students and those from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. The program also offers workshops and resources to assist students with the graduate school application process.

How to Apply

Watch for program information early in the winter term (late January), when each year’s program dates and application deadlines are announced. Details will be posted to the Energy UROP Application Information page. Students should also reference the main UROP Summer Program page for additional instructions.


Summer 2020 Energy UROP Fellows

Summer 2019 Energy UROP Fellows