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TomKat Center Graduate Fellowships in Sustainable Energy

Request for Proposals from Stanford Doctoral Students

Letter of Intent (LOI) Were Due: March 1, 2020

Full Proposals (by invitation only) Due: May 1, 2020

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This call for proposals is open to Stanford doctoral students performing research in sustainable energy or at the nexus of sustainable energy with food, water, transportation, human health, and the environment. The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy (TKC) expects to award up to three fellowships through this call. These fellowships are meant to support advanced doctoral students (third year and beyond) to pursue innovative research projects beyond the proof-of-concept stage toward impactful applications. These fellowships will provide salary/stipend and tuition support for up to two years and $5000 in research and conference travel funding. 


Program Goals

As part of its mandate to develop solutions for energy and environmental challenges, TKC works to help Stanford’s student researchers develop and deploy new technologies and systems and to further the understanding of their impacts on sustainability. The goals of this program are to train the next generation of leaders and to support the development of applied research that has the potential to address sustainable energy and sustainable resource utilization challenges.


Stanford doctoral students currently in their second year or beyond can apply. Proposed projects must investigate activities that are focused on an area relevant to sustainability, clearly outline a research plan that will help advance innovative research beyond proof-of-concept toward impactful real-world solutions, and be conducted under the guidance of one or more Stanford University faculty members. A faculty member may only endorse one graduate fellowship application per cycle and may only have one funded TomKat Center Graduate Fellow in their lab at a time.


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