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Renewable Energy Fellowship

The University of California, Merced is committed to the recruitment, admission, and retention of a high quality graduate student population. The Renewable Energy Fellowship is intended to recruit and support the top Ph.D. students interested in pursuing research in the area of renewable energy.

Eligibility Requirements & Standards

  • Ph.D. applicants entering their first year of graduate study.
  • Submit a graduate admissions application by January 15, 2019.
  • All Ph.D. applicants are eligible, regardless of citizenship.
  • Only Ph.D. applicants entering a doctoral program with research interest in renewable energy are eligible.
  • Undergraduate GPA above 3.0.
  • Must be awarded as part of an offer of multi-year support.
  • Deferment of the award beyond the first year is not allowed.

Financial Support

  • One fellowship award will be made each academic year.
  • The $4,000 award is distributed as a $2,000 award during the Fall and Spring semester.
  • Must be enrolled in 12 units before award will be disbursed.

Student Loan Impact

  • Per federal guidelines, all fellowship and tuition support is taken into consideration when determining student loan eligibility.  If the student will receive federal student loans during the same academic year as this award, please note that this award could, and most likely will, reduce their student loan eligibility.

Nomination & Review Procedures

  • Each graduate group offering a doctoral degree with research interest in renewable energy is eligible to nominate one Ph.D. applicant each year.  Any applicant meeting the criteria above is eligible; applicants do not need to apply.  Graduate Group Chairs should submit their nominations directly to the Graduate Division.
  • This fellowship will follow a multiple step review process that considers all applicants that meet the criteria above.  Review criteria will include adherence to the fellowship guidelines, intellectual merit and academic qualifications of the applicant.
    • First Review - Nominations submitted by the Graduate Group Chairs should include a brief description of the process and criteria that the graduate group used to choose the nominee.  For each nominee, the faculty mentor should be listed, along with 3-4 sentences highlighting the nominee’s qualifications for the non-expert reviewer, plus any information not in the Ph.D. admissions applications that might help the review committee evaluate the nominees and their fellowship qualifications.
    • Second Review - Nominee admissions applications are provided to the review committee, and the committee then makes recommendations to the Graduate Division.  Review criteria will include adherence to the fellowship guidelines and the academic qualifications of the nominee.
    • Third Review - Final award decisions will be made by the Graduate Dean.

* The Graduate Division reserves the right not to make an award in any given year for which a call for applications/nominations has been issued.



Admissions Application:
January 15, 2019

Graduate Group Rank List:
February 1, 2019

Renewable Energy Fellows


Pedro Sanchez
Environmental Systems


Mrittunjoy Sarker
Mechanical Engineering


Bennett Widyolar
Environmental Systems