The IEE Excellence in Research Graduate Fellowship recognizes cutting-edge research in sustainability and/or energy efficiency. This award provides $22,500 to the fellowship recipient for use during one academic year. The selected fellow MUST use fellowship funds for 1 quarter of full support (tuition/fees, stipend). Beyond that 1 quarter, there will be additional funds remaining that will be paid as a stipend. This award cannot be used for travel or supply expenses.  

Nominations for 2024-2025 are now OPEN! Submissions are due by Thursday, August 1st, 2024

The goal of the Institute is to name one PhD-level graduate student per academic year (not in P3 status). Additional fellowship benefits include participation in select Institute events, including meetings with select visiting speakers. The fellow may be asked to give a short presentation of their work during the academic year, and it is required to submit a final 2-3 page report within 30 days following the fellowship period.


Awardees are selected by a committee of the IEE faculty leaders, Institute Director, and Executive Director.


Nominations can be submitted by either Institute faculty or students. Self-nominations are welcome.


Required application materials include:

  • CV
  • Description of research & its relation to energy efficiency and/or sustainability
  • At least one letter of recommendation

Eligibility criteria: 

  1. Continuing graduate student in P1 or P2 status (P3 class level students are not eligible. After 9 registered quarters as P2 status, students become P3 status).
  2. Maintain good academic standing (students not in good academic standing because their cumulative GPA is below 3.0, they have excessive units of unfinished coursework (12 or more units of Incomplete, No Grade, or No Record)), or are not meeting departmental standards of scholarship, may not hold centrally administered fellowships.
  3. Maintain good academic progress (students must meet time-to-degree standards for advancement to candidacy and degree completion)