Funding Opportunities

Fellowships/ Scholarships/ Challenges/ Awards

UMERC- Administrated Student Fellowships

The Harry K. Wells Graduate Fellowship (click for more information)

The Hulka Energy Research Fellowship (click for more information)


ARPA-E Innovation Summit - Student Program

The Student Program at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is a unique opportunity for student energy leaders to engage with companies looking for new talent, as well as learn about new energy initiatives. The 100 graduate-level students selected to participate in the Student Program receive complimentary registration to attend the Summit, participate in student-focused panel sessions, and network with corporate recruiters.

Admission to the Student Program is restricted to graduate-level students at accredited institutions.

Accepted students will receive a complimentary student registration pass to the Summit. Each participant is responsible for making and paying for his/her own travel and hotel accommodations.

Online applications to participate in the Student Program will be due on December 5, 2016. Students will be notified of application decisions beginning January 9, 2017.

KAUST - Clean Combustion Research Center

Researchers and students at UMD/UMERC are invited to participate in the upcoming KAUST Research Conference: New Combustion Concepts (KRCNCC), to be held on 6-8 March 2017, at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

KAUST will provide Travel Fellowships to qualified MS/PhD students and postdocs to cover all travel expenses associated with attending the Conference.   

For MS/Ph.D. students and postdocs interested in participating in the Conference, details of the application for the Travel Fellowship can be found at the workshop webpage:

The KRCNCC is the fourth annual technical event organized by the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC), and aims to bring together leading experts from academia, national laboratories, and industry to promote international collaborations in establishing research and development directions for diverse new ideas in clean and efficient combustion systems.  The technical scope of the workshop will encompass 5 topical areas, namely:

- Plasma assisted combustion
- Electrically assisted combustion
- Advanced engine combustion
- Novel engine combustion, and
- New combustion technology

The Conference plans to feature a number of keynote lectures, invited talks, and contributing presentations by renowned researchers in the field. There will also be a poster session to which all attendees are encouraged to present ongoing research activities. More than one hundred attendees are anticipated, including faculty and researchers from leading institutions worldwide, industrial participants, students, and postdocs. An extra day (Thursday the 9th) is reserved for social activities and entertainment on campus and on the Red Sea, open to all participants.

Registration for the Travel Fellowships will be open between Nov 15 and Dec 10th.


NASA Glenn Research Center

The NASA Glenn Research Center will have an opening for a postdoctoral researcher in Li-oxygen battery electrochemistry and material science starting in Fall of 2016 or early Winter 2017.  The position resides within the Materials Chemistry and Physics Branch at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH.  The position duration is for 2.5 years and is supported by recently awarded NASA research grant.

NASA is looking for US Citizens / Permanent Residents with a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or Engineering.  Appropriate research experience in Li-oxygen and/or Li-sulfur batteries that includes synthesis of relevant battery cell materials; battery electrochemistry, cell assembly, scale-up, and testing; and computational methods in battery materials.  A background in ionic liquids and solid state Li ion conducting electrolytes, as well as knowledge of the methods for materials morphological, textural and microstructural characterization and analysis are desirable.  Important part of this work is based on experimental validation and further development of computational molecular dynamic simulations of of electrolytes at electrified interfaces of Li-oxygen battery system.

Complete position announcement and instructions to apply for the position can be found at  Applicants should send a letter of application and a current resume to arrive before October 1, 2016.  Send your questions to: Vadim F. Lvovich, Ph.D., Deputy Chief, Materials Chemistry and Physics Branch, NASA Glenn Research Center, (216)433-5261,

Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE NNSA)
Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship

The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing a Ph.D. in areas of interest to stewardship science, such as properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics, nuclear science, or high energy density physics. The fellowship includes a 12-week research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory or Sandia National Laboratories.
The application process for the prestigious Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) is now open.

Stewardship Science Magazine, provides a look at the people and research impacted by the DOE NNSA SSGF opportunity

The 2017-2018 application will be available late October, 2016.

Research Network on Electrochemical Energy Storage (RS2E)
Young Energy Storage Scientist Award 2016

The French research network on electrochemical energy storage (RS2E) – a public research organization focused on batteries and supercapacitors – has just launched the Young Energy Storage Scientist Award 2016.

The YESS Award is geared toward young scientists in the energy storage field, focused on awarding research funds to innovative and significant projects in the field of electrochemical energy storage, coupled fields of electrochemical energy storage and conversion, or associated characterization techniques.

With this award, RS2E aims to encourage the next wave of energy storage researchers to be as innovative as possible and to say in private/publish energy storage research. The award aims to aid scientists 35 years old or younger from the U.S., Europe, and Canada.

Two $11,000 awards will be distributed, as well as five $2,700 awards.

Deadline for project submissions is July 27, 2016.


Sponsored by the ASME Materials and Energy Recovery (MER) Division

Application Submission Deadline: June 19, 2016

Awards and Recognitions: $18,000 in Scholarship Awards! between the students and their respective college/university. The school's portion of the award will be $1,000 for each scholarship awarded.

The Academic Support Program continues to be an important part of ASME - MER Division activities. The Division awards scholarships with a view to stimulate interest in students in materials and energy recovery from solid waste and related fields in environmental engineering, as well as to support colleges and universities that offer curriculum or courses supporting these areas of solid waste management.

The ASME - MER Division offers an academic support program with annual scholarship awards totaling $18,000. The scholarship award amounts will be shared between the winning student and his or her school, with the school receiving $1,000 out of each award amount stated below.

The number of awards will be as follows:
a. Graduate Scholarship - (1st) $6,000 and (2nd) $4,000
b. Undergraduate Scholarship - (1) $4,000
c. Graduate or Undergraduate Scholarship - (1) $4,000

ASME-MER Division will provide a complimentary one-year membership in the ASME Materials & Energy Recovery Division to each student submitting a completed application.

Students enrolled in any branch of engineering or science in North American (including Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, Mexico and Puerto Rico) colleges and universities with environmental programs that include materials and energy recovery in solid waste management related curriculum or courses are eligible to apply.

For more information go to the website- or contact Amit Chattopadhyay (

The National Academies/National Research Council Research Associateship Programs
The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience.  Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000.  These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S.  Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.
Detailed program information, including online applications, instructions on how to apply and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs website.

ECS Battery Division Postdoctoral Associate Research Award
Sponsored by MTI Corporation and the Jiang Family Foundation
Deadline: July 15, 2016
The ECS Battery Division is pleased to announce the very first postdoctoral associate award in the Society’s Honors & Awards Program.  The award is generously sponsored by the MTI Corporation and the Jiang Family Foundation to encourage excellence among postdoctoral researchers in battery and fuel cell research with the primary purpose to recognize and support development of talent and future leaders therein.
The Award: framed scroll, a $2,000 prize and complimentary meeting registration.  Two awards will be granted each year.  Winners are also invited to present on a subject related to the contributions for which the award is being presented.
The Recipient: ideal candidates must be under (or at) the age of 35 at the nomination deadline date.  Only current members of The Electrochemical Society may be considered. You do not have to be a member of the Battery Division to apply. The candidates should show exceptional promise that includes leadership, advocacy, outreach or teaching, in addition to excellence in scientific research during their postdoctoral assignment.
A complete nomination package would include:

Electronic Nomination Form (
Cover letter with a statement of research interests and accomplishments
Support letter from the postdoctoral advisor
Copy of the publication(s) that describe the science and technology achievement.

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Additional resources

Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research Graduate Assistantships
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