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)


Shell GameChanger Innovation Challenge - Submit Proposal

Shell GameChanger is soliciting early-stage innovative technology solutions and proposals in the following categories for potential funding and partnership opportunities. Proposals are due June 30th, applicants will be notified of interest by July 31st.

New Energies

  • Solar Fuels
  • Grids of the Future
  • Digitalization Machine Learning
Oil and Gas
  • Safety and Sustainability
  • Real-time monitoring, control, and data analytics
  • Improved hydrocarbon recovery
  • Environment & Conservation – Water
  • Novel Well Technologies
  • Geosciences – Carbonates

Shell GameChanger applies the following criteria for consideration:

  • Novelty – Is the idea fundamentally different and unproven?
  • Valuable – Could the idea create substantial new value if it works?
  • Doable – Is there a plan to prove the concept quickly and affordably?
  • Relevant (Why Shell?) – Is the idea relevant to the future of energy?

Energy Storage Association  - Conference Scholarships Available

The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is once again please to be offering scholarships for students to attend the upcoming ESA 27th Annual Conference and Expo in Denver, CO.  This program provides students the opportunity to learn and network at a global energy industry event that provides three days of forward-looking content, and hands-on learning.

Deadline is March 10, 2017


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,



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.

Project Funding

Please visit individual professors' websites.

Research Lab Opportunities

Please visit individual professors' websites.

Additional resources

Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research Graduate Assistantships
Council on the Environment Funding Opportunities UMD National Scholarships Office 
School of Public Policy Clark School Engineering Scholarships