DOE and Hydro Research Foundation Announce Fellowship Opportunity for Hydropower Researchers

April 6, 2010

Funded by a U.S. Department of Energy award of $1 million, the Hydro Research Foundation is establishing a competitive Hydro Fellowship Program to award two-year fellowships for up to 26 graduate and doctoral level students to conduct relevant research in the field of hydropower-related engineering, environmental and biologic sciences, analysis, or economics. These fellowships will help bolster the hydropower workforce, as the number of strong, graduate-level academic programs in hydropower engineering have been decreasing over the past few decades and much of the current workforce is nearing retirement age.

 The fellowship is open to U.S. graduate students who will complete a master's degree by June 2012 or doctorate degree by June 2013. Fellows are expected to conduct independent research related to hydropower in conjunction with the thesis or dissertation required for their graduate degree.

Each Fellow will receive a tuition allowance (up to $16,000 annually), a living stipend (up to $26,000 annually), an allowance for university-provided health insurance ($900 annually), payment for the Fellow’s attendance at roundtable events, and an honorarium for the Fellow’s primary academic advisor ($2,000 annually). For more information, including a list of research topics and an online application, see the Fellowship page on the Hydro Research Foundation Web site. The application submission deadline is April 9, 2010 and awardees will be notified in May 2010.