About the Fellowship:


The Hydro Research Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) is leading the Hydro Fellowship Program that is designed to stimulate new student research and academic interest in research and careers in conventional or pumped storage hydropower. These Fellowships are designed to allow outstanding early-career researchers to facilitate research related to hydropower. Research undertaken by the Foundation and its Fellows seeks to advance knowledge about hydroelectric technology, including efficiency improvements and environmental mitigation. Through this program the Foundation is promoting educational opportunities and information development related to hydropower. Innovation, creativity and forward-thinking research are encouraged.

The Foundation will award up to 40 fellowships to masters and doctoral degree students throughout the United States. Thirty-three students from 19 universities were awarded the first fellowships between 2010 and 2012. Fellows are selected based on research vision, innovation, academic performance, potential for leadership and overall strength of their research proposal. The Foundation will provide fellowships worth approximately $55,000-$141,000 over the one to three year period of study. The Fellowships are made possible by a grant from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The areas of research include soil and rock mechanics, hydrologic modeling, operational optimization, fish passage, water quality, integration of hydropower with other renewables, feasibility of low-head, micro and conduit hydropower, environmentally friendly lubricants, and water variability due to climate change.

The fellowships include a tuition allowance, living stipend, professorial honorarium, and participation in the annual Hydro Fellows Roundtables. Each Fellow has mentors from the Foundation and the hydropower industry. The fellows’ final research results will be web-published and presented at a national conference. The Foundation is seeking mentors, partners, and career opportunities for future fellowships.

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