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Energy Impact Summer Fellowships

We will not be hosting the Energy Impact Fellowship for the summer of 2020. If you have your own research topic/idea that you'd like to explore this summer, contact the TomKat Center for possible funding. This research topic would have to follow similar guidelines to our typical Energy Impact Fellowship, so please read below to gain an understanding of the fellowship.

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In conjunction with the Haas Center, the TomKat Center will provide stipends to Stanford undergraduates who wish to work on a sustainable energy project with significant social impact.

Spend 8 weeks next summer working as a team with fellow undergraduate students on a multifaceted project that will provide a blueprint for the generation of renewable energy. You will be based at Stanford under the direction of TomKat personnel but will interact with a broad range of mentors, professionals, and experts on the technology, policy, and business aspects of the project. You will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of the project's management. Fellowships are Cardinal-Quarter-eligible. The fellowship will run from 6/24/2019 through 8/16/2019.  


The summer 2019 Energy Impact project will explore the technical, economic, and regulatory considerations for siting renewable energy generating resources; like solar, wind, and biomass, in California agricultural operations (farms, orchards, dairies,..) with a particular focus on defining possible statewide programs and initiatives to accelerate their adoption and deliver tangible benefits to the farmers.


Undergraduate students (any year or major) who have a passion for renewable energy and who enjoy working on projects that have tangible social value. Some relevant technical and project management experience or skills would be a plus. Creativity, curiosity, resourcefulness, and the ability to work in collaboration with others are paramount.


This immersive 8 week summer program will include:

  • Project management experience in a collaborative team setting
  • $7,500 stipend
  • Mentorship
  • Training in sustainable energy production processes


Applications for the 2019 Fellowship are now closed. Please come back to this page in January 2020 for next year's application.

A complete fellowship application includes the following components:

1. Personal Statement

The personal statement questions are your opportunity to express why you are interested in this particular fellowship experience. The selection committee is interested in both your personal and academic reasons for applying to this program. Please ensure that you are specific in your responses to the questions, yet succinct. Each response should be approximately one paragraph (4 to 6 sentences) in length.

  • Why are you applying for this fellowship?
  • How have you prepared for this fellowship and what do you anticipate will be your biggest challenge?   
  • What classes have you taken that have prepared you for this fellowship?
  • How will this fellowship contribute to your academic success and professional and/or personal development?  

2. Applicant information (name, major, SU id#, email address)

3. One-page resume, including current and past internships, work experience, and community service endeavors

4. One letter of recommendation from an individual who is well acquainted with your work (current or former professors, employers, advisors, community members, etc.)

5. Please submit an unofficial transcript from Stanford Axess.

  • Go to the Student Center tab from the Axess home page.
  • Click on "My Academics."
  • Click on “View my unofficial transcripts.”
  • In the drop down menu marked as “Career” select “undergraduate.”
  • Click the green button “View Report.”
  • Save pdf file with your name and upload to your application.

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