Graduate student research and education is a priority at the Energy Initiative. Funding is available from multiple sources for energy-related graduate study.
The Society of Energy Fellows at MIT mobilizes outstanding graduate students to help address the world's energy challenges. The Society was established in 2008 with the generous support of MITEI Founding, Sustaining, and Associate Members to help MIT address the world's energy challenges. The program is designed to attract and support graduate students with a special interest in energy, to build MIT's research capacity, and to foster a robust community of faculty, students, and staff engaged in energy research, education, and campus activity. Named MIT Energy Fellows at the master's and doctoral levels are selected on the basis of keen interest in energy, excellent academic record, and promising future. As Energy Fellows, students receive funding for one academic year and have many opportunities to meet and interact with their industry sponsors. They also become members of the Society of Energy Fellows at MIT, an organization within the MIT Energy Initiative established to foster a network of students dedicated to meeting the world's future energy needs. Energy Fellows, who are supported by MITEI members, reside in all five schools at MIT. Individually, they participate in energy research; collectively, they form the Society of Energy Fellows at MIT, a long-term community of students and alumni.
In 2011, the Society numbers nearly 200 students spanning more than 20 departments and all five MIT schools. Many are engaged in traditional energy fields in engineering and science; others are pursuing studies in energy economics and business, energy policy and politics, and the energy implications of urban planning and architecture. The Society fosters interaction among Fellows and between Fellows and their sponsors at MIT through a series of special events.
Outstanding students who apply to a departmental doctoral program at MIT, and are specifically interested in studying energy, are eligible for consideration for Named MIT Energy Fellowships. In order to be considered, prospective graduate students to MIT should indicate their interest in energy research in their personal statement within their application for graduate study at MIT. Although there is no separate application process for Energy Fellowships, prospective students may wish to make their interest in them known to the department to which they apply. Most Fellowships are designated by individual departments. The fellowship is funded for 9 months (September 1 – May 31). Fellows remain members of the Society for the entirety of their time at MIT.