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The Initiative supports a number of energy-related opportunities for faculty and students, including research, student projects and fellowships. MITEI also works closely with its Members who are interested in offering internships to MIT students. In addition to these MITEI-sponsored opportunities, the Initiative periodically receives notice of opportunities offered by academic institutions, industry, government and non-profit organizations that are open to the MIT community.

Do you have a research, internship, volunteer or fellowship opportunity you'd like to contribute? Please contact us at askmitei@mit.edu to submit an opportunity listing.


Call for Proposals: Tata Center for Technology and Design

MITEI hosts the Tata Center for Technology and Design. Founded in 2012 with support from the Tata Trusts, the Center’s research and education mission is to develop solutions to challenges facing resource-constrained communities globally, with an initial focus on India. Center affiliated Faculty and graduate student Fellows engage in hands-on projects, with an approach that is rigorous and relevant to societal, economic, environmental and political factors. Solutions must create sustainable value and foster an entrepreneurial approach towards implementation in the public and private sectors. The Center is developing global leaders and is proud to partner with the sister Tata Centre, founded in 2014 at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

The Tata Center is soliciting proposals for new projects addressing significant challenges facing resource-constrained communities in India. Successful proposals will provide two years’ graduate student and project support. This call for proposals is restricted to the MIT community. Submission Deadline - January 30th, 2015DETAILS & SUBMISSION (MIT Certificates Required)


New Faculty Position: Assistant/Associate Professor in Energy Engineering

Attention recent PhD graduates, postdocs, and PhD candidates: The University of Hawaii at Hilo is announcing a new faculty position in Energy Engineering. Hawaii Island is an ideal location to study a variety of alternative energy possibilities, as it is home to geothermal energy, salt gradient solar ponds, biomass energy, wind energy, as well as thirteen different climate zones. The full position description and instructions on how to apply are available at http://hilo.hawaii.edu/uhh/hr/vacancy/873

Application Deadline: Continuous recruitment with the first review to begin January 2, 2015.


Drawdown Fellowship Applications

Project Drawdown is pleased to announce the inception of the Drawdown Fellowship Program. This program is designed to foster the development of a new generation of leaders working on pragmatic solutions to our climate crisis. These students, scientists, entrepreneurs, and storytellers will learn how to describe a realistic future in which the world achieves drawdown - the point at which greenhouse gases in our atmosphere reach their modern day peak and then begin to decline.

The Drawdown Fellowship is a rare opportunity to put your analytic skills to work in support of climate solutions. Project Drawdown offers a small number of competitive, ten-week fellowships to exceptional scholars and professionals from around the world. Fellows will work with Project Drawdown’s research team to develop realistic, solution-specific models and reports projecting the financial and climate impacts of ‘state-of-the-shelf’ solutions deployed at scale over the next thirty years.

Fellowships run for ten weeks on a rolling basis, starting on January 10th 2015.  Over the course of their fellowship, fellows are expected to work on 2-3 solutions from our vetted list of current technologies and practices. For more information on the application process or to learn more about Project Drawdown and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.drawdown.org.


Department of Energy

Energy Research and Policy Fellowships (doctoral and postdoctoral)
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE
) is accepting applications for two new research fellowships. Research areas: energy efficiency (buildings, industry, vehicles) & renewable energy (biomass, hydrogen and fuel cells, geothermal, solar, water). Awards include: yearly stipend, research allowance, health insurance, relocation travel and support for two years.

  1. EERE Postdoctoral Fellowships: offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities. Close Date: 06/30/2014.
  2. EERE Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowships: offered to current Ph.D scientists and engineers interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. Selected applicants will participate in policy-related projects at the EERE offices in Washington, D.C. Close Date: none (rolling).

MIT Fellowships

The Society of Energy Fellows at MIT
The Society of Energy Fellows was established in 2008 with the generous support of MIT Energy Initiative Founding, Sustaining, and Associate Members to help MIT address the world’s energy challenges. Fellows are selected on the basis of keen interest in energy, excellent academic record, and promising future. In 2010, the Society numbers 87 students spanning twenty 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. Learn more.

The Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability
The Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability, established at MIT in 1996 through the generous support of the Martin Family Foundation, fosters graduate level research, education, and collaboration in sustainability. The Society supports and connects MIT's top graduate students in environmental studies, and fosters opportunities for multi-disciplinary cooperation in both the short- and long-term. Martin Fellows investigate emerging issues in sustainability, exchange information, and participate in occasional seminars and an annual retreat. These activities support Fellows' development of the collaborative capacity that is critical to the successful implementation and application of sustainability scholarship. Learn more.


MITEI Programs/Funds

MIT Energy Initiative Seed Fund Program
The Initiative's Seed Fund Program supports innovative, early-stage research projects. The program is not designed to provide additional resources for projects that are already underway. Through the grants MITEI seeks to encourage researchers from across MIT to collaborate in exploring new energy-related ideas and to open up new avenues for energy-related research employing the full range of Institute capabilities. Proposals across the entire spectrum of energy and related environmental research areas are eligible. Learn more

MITEI Student Campus Energy Project Fund
The Campus Energy Task Force of the MIT Energy Initiative is calling for proposal submissions from MIT students working on projects related to MIT's campus energy and environmental footprint. This fund will award grants 2-3 times annually, but good project ideas are always welcome. Learn more.