The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is kick-starting two new fellowship programs that are aimed at the next generation of clean energy technology scientists. The Postdoctoral Fellowships Program and the SunShot Initiative Fellowships Program look to attract budding scientist who want to promote clean energy while advancing the science, technology and engineering fields in the U.S.
“These investments in American ingenuity and discovery will strengthen our economy and help the next generation of U.S. scientists and engineers to launch their careers in clean energy,” said Secretary Chu. “We need more of our young scientific minds to focus on clean energy solutions and pave the way for a cleaner, healthier environment. It's the only way to ensure America continues to lead in the world's growing clean energy economy.”
The Postdoctoral Fellowships Program will accept up to 20 postdoctoral fellows who can demonstrate academic careers that have centered on technology in the following areas: building efficiency, industrial efficiency, vehicles, fuel cells, biomass, geothermal, solar energy and wind or water power. The fellowship will support the postdoctoral fellows in their research and creation of new technologies over a two year period.
In addition to the research program for which they apply, postdoctoral fellows will be able to lead a self-directed independent project that can focus on various topics, including local energy efficiency and renewable energy. Postdoctoral Fellowship Program applications are due by June 30, with fellowships beginning in mid-November.
The SunShot Initiative Fellowships Program will include recent masters and PhD graduates who can help the SunShot goal of decreasing the total coast of solar energy systems by 75%. Selected participants will work on new innovations for how solar systems are formulated, designed, manufactured and installed at DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Program headquarters in Washington, DC. Applications for the SunShot Initiative Fellowship Program are accepted on a rolling basis.