Fellowship

INFORMATION



Eligibility

Benefits

Obligations

Selection Criteria

Important Dates

Annual Meeting

 

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)

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 fellowships will be awarded beginning June 15th, 2013.

 

 

Eligibility

 

Benefits

Benefits include the following:

 

Obligations

Once an applicant has been selected for the fellowship 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. 

Throughout the fellowship, Fellows must remain full-time students at a U.S. University.  During the course of the fellowship program, the Fellow 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. 

Each selected Fellow will be required to participate at the annual Hydro Fellows Roundtable Conference over the next two years. The next conference is in Denver, CO July 21-26th, 2013. The Hydro Research Foundation will cover travel expenses to the round table.

Fellows 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 Fellow’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 Fellow and Academic Advisor prior to final award of the Fellowship. 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, and Weir American Hydro.

 

Application Evaluation

 

Each applicant’s submission will be evaluated using the following selection criteria.

 

Hydro Fellowship Selection Criteria

 

 

1. Applicant:

  • record of leadership and positive influence in their academic communities within or across disciplines
  • academic record (transcripts and GRE scores)
  • publications, presentations and communication skills
  • the applicant’s resume, including related work experience

 

 

 

     40%

2. Project:

  • intellectual merit and significance of the research issues to be addressed by the proposed fellowship activities and the alignment of these with the values and strategic priorities of the hydropower community
  • viability and originality of the proposed research
  • realistic milestones and objectives

 

 

     35%

3. Institutional support and references:

  • the references’ evaluations of the applicant
  • support and standing of their academic advisor
  • letter of support from department
  • infrastructure to support proposed research

 

 

     25 %

 

Important Dates

Annual Meeting

Hydro Fellows Roundtable Conference

Each selected Fellow will be required to participate at the annual Hydro Fellows Roundtable Conference over the next two years. The first conference is in Denver, CO July 21st-26th, 2013. The Hydro Research Foundation will cover travel expenses to the round table.