Sustainable Energy FellowshipOverview: Started in 2007, the Sustainable Energy Fellowship (SEF) is a unique learning experience for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in engineering, business and the sciences who are considering a career involving energy.

Collaboratively devised and run by faculty from Cornell University, Duke University, Arizona State University, MIT and the University of Michigan, the 2010 SEF brings students together to address the global need for the use of energy reduction designs supplemented by renewable energy technologies.

This year’s program will run June 2-9, 2010 on the Cornell University campus.

The intensive one-week program will involve three major components:

  1. Current energy use and its impacts, and an overview of sustainable energy options–Presentations provided and discussions led by faculty from the participating universities.
  2. In-depth reviews of more sustainable approaches—Faculty- and research staff-led presentations and open discussions of specific energy technologies and current research projects. Tours will be given throughout the week to illustrate sustainable energy deployment on campus and in the surrounding region. Biomass, wind, geothermal, solar, fossil use with carbon capture and sequestration, and energy storage will be discussed in some detail.
  3. Student team projects–Selected topics covering a range of critical challenges and opportunities for a sustainable energy future of the US will be assigned to student teams. Student-led presentations will be given at the end of the program to highlight findings and make recommendations.

The SEF seeks to help train an innovative and informed next generation of engineers and managers who will pioneer energy solutions for a sustainable environment—a workforce that will benefit leading companies in a range of industries.

By participating in the fellowship, students have an opportunity to explore the science, technology, economics and policies surrounding both energy generation and end-use technologies.

Students will also be able to question leading energy researchers from both academia and industry about their latest work, evaluate government policies, and discuss the future of energy with relevant leaders from major public and private institutions.

Eligibility Requirements: US citizens in their junior or senior year of an undergraduate degree or first year masters students may apply. There are 40 available spots.

Cost: For US Citizens: The SEF pays for hotel, morning meals and tuition. In addition, fellowship participants will receive a $350 stipend to help cover costs for travel and afternoon/evening meals.

For non-US Citizens: The SEF pays for hotel, morning meals and tuition. Unfortunately, non-US citizens are not eligible for any stipend.

How to Apply: Download and fill out the application form and e-mail it along with an essay describing your interest in the Sustainable Energy Fellowship. The essay should be double spaced, 11.5 pt., Times New Roman font and no more than 1,000 words. Applicant’s name and school name should be included in the footer of each page.

Contact: Jay Golden, Director, National Center of Excellence, Arizona State University. Phone: +1 (480) 965-4951. Fax: +1 (480) 965-8087

Mailing Address:
Sustainable Energy Fellowship
Global Institute of Sustainability
c/o Dr. Jay Golden
P.O. Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502

Deadline: Applications due March 1, 2010.

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Author: Debbie Van Der Hyde (8 Articles)

Debbie Van Der Hyde is an experienced freelance writer with a strong interest in sustainability, clean energy and the green industry. For more than a decade, she has helped organizations effectively communicate their brand and promote their products and services through feature articles, brochures, video scripts, podcasts, web copy and more. Now Debbie is expanding her writing repertoire through blogging about the green economy—and what started as a pastime has become a passion. Prior to becoming a writer, Debbie worked in marketing and corporate communications for a global consulting company. When not wordsmithing, she usually can be found volunteering, attempting to perfect a yoga pose, or orchestrating dozens of family activities. More about Debbie is available at She can also be reached at