Research Awards Program
The Hydro Research Foundation will provide opportunities and benefits to outstanding early career graduate students. Preference will be given to Mechanical and Electrical Engineering students.
Areas of interest include: Research Topics (pdf)
- Advances in Hydropower Equipment
- Advanced Material Applications
- Environmental and Societal
- Project Implementation, Management and Operations
- Protection of Critical Hydropower Infrastructure
- Market Trends and Strategies
- Simulation and Optimization Tools
- Water Management Innovations
- New Research Topics
The program is funded by the Department of Energy and is managed by The Hydro Research Foundation. The Hydro Research Foundations intends to award 8-10 fellowships funded by the Department of Energy and industry partners. The awards will be funded beginning June 2014.
- Eligible applicant must have completed at a minimum a bachelor’s degree by the start date of the award.
- Applicant must be a full-time student at a U.S. university in one of the following programs: Masters Degree, or a post-Masters graduate researcher.
- The expectation is that the applicant must be a full-time student who will be able to complete their Masters or a post-Masters graduate research by May 2016.
Benefits include the following:
- A living stipend of up to $18,000 annually
- An annual tuition, fees and university-provided health insurance allowance of up to $10,000
- Travel costs to attend the Annual Hydro Fellows Roundtable each year the student is in the program.
- The student’s academic advisor for the research will be awarded $2,000 annually into a University discretionary account, for aiding in, and supervising the research. The advisor may also have the opportunity to attend HydroVision International held in July annually.
- Each student may have the opportunity to participate in an internship with an industry partner. These internships may result in employment for the researcher. The potential topics eligible for an internships are listed in the 2014 Topics of Interest document.
- Upon Acceptance into the Research Awards Program
Once an applicant has been selected for the program, proof of acceptance into a graduate program and official transcripts will be required in order to receive funding. Applicants must also sign and return the Agreement forms that indicate acceptance of terms for the program.
- Graduate Program Enrollment, Degree Progress & Academic Performance
Throughout the research, researcher must remain full-time students at a U.S. University. During the course of the Research Awards Program, the student must demonstrate progress towards finishing their degree and remain in good standing with their University.
Each Fellow is committed to conducting independent research projects in conjunction with the thesis/dissertation required for their graduate degree.
- Hydro Research Roundtable Conference
Each selected researcher will be required to participate at the annual Hydro Research Roundtable Conference over the next two-to-three years. The next conference is in Nashville, TN July 20-25th, 2014. The Hydro Research Foundation will cover travel expenses to the round table.
Students will be required to commit the research time as outlined in the proposal to the program and provide quarterly updates on research progress and maintain satisfactory academic performance. The quarterly reports will be verified and signed by the Researcher’s research advisor. The Foundation expects that research will be complete and published within one year.
Each Fellow may have the opportunity to work with an industry partner as an intern. Depending on the research and location of the University, there are different opportunities available. This is to be worked out with the student and academic advisor prior to final award of the Research Award. These internships may result in employment for the Fellow. Internship opportunities that may be available to Fellows are with Knight Piésold Consulting, US Army Corps of Engineers, Hydroelectric Design Center, US Bureau of Reclamation, Chelan County PUD, and Weir American Hydro.
Each applicant’s submission will be evaluated using the following selection criteria.
3. Institutional support and references:
- All application materials must be received by March 5, 2014.
- Applicants will be notified of application status April 15th, 2014.
- Funds will be available to Fellows starting June 1st-September 1st, 2014.
Hydro Research Roundtable Conference
Each selected student will be required to participate at the annual Hydro Research Roundtable Conference over the next two-to-three years. The first conference is in Nashville, TN July 20th-25th, 2014. The Hydro Research Foundation will cover travel expenses to the round table.