UM Energy Institute Fellowship Program

The University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI), an interdisciplinary research unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research that draws on expertise from across the entire University to develop, coordinate, and promote energy research and education, is excited to offer a new fellowship program for undergraduates interested in energy issues. UMEI, in partnership with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), will provide selected undergraduates with a $4,000 stipend for a 10-week fellowship to work under the supervision of University of Michigan faculty member in science, technology, and policy fields related to the following research areas:

  • Energy policy, economics and societal impact
  • Carbon-free energy sources
  • Energy storage and utilization
  • Transportation and fuels

Participating undergraduates will perform research and receive mentoring while they work on the great challenge of our times: meeting the energy needs to our society in a sustainable manner.

The UMEI-UROP partnership aims to engage undergraduates who express interest in energy issues and encourage them to advance their education in the field. The program will also offer funding to selected students during the academic year, enabling them to pursue their research throughout the calendar year. Suitable mentors may be identified from the faculty affiliates of UMEI at

Stipend Award: $4,000

Fellowship Dates: Monday, June 1 - Friday August 7, 2015

Application Opens: December 2014

Application Deadline: Friday, February 13, 2015

Mandatory Orientation: Monday, June 1, 2015

Current undergraduate students attending the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus. Students may not be enrolled in more than one spring or one summer course while participating in the fellowship program. Enrollment in spring/summer courses is highly discouraged for program participants.

  1. UROP Online Application
  2. Personal Statement
    The personal statement is your opportunity to showcase your skills and qualifications pertaining to the fellowship. A personal statement may include academic, professional and life experiences that reflect relevant outstanding personal qualifications as well as career goals, research goals, and personal characteristics. Additionally, a personal statement gives you an opportunity to explain potential hardships or drawbacks in other areas of your application.
  3. Research Proposal
    The 2-4 page research proposal is a persuasive document that describes the purpose of your research, why it should be done, your methodology, your proposed timeline, the scope of the summer project, and your expected results by the end of the fellowship. Preparation of the proposal, in collaboration with a potential faculty sponsor, also enables you to confirm that you will have a significant project to undertake during the summer and you and your sponsor are clear about the scope and focus of the project.
  4. Recommendation Letters
    You will need 1 recommendation letter; this letter must be from a U of M faculty member, graduate student instructor, or academic advisor who can speak specifically about your academic or abilities. If you are applying to work on the same project you have been working on during the academic year, the letter should be from your research sponsor.
    The recommender must write a letter of recommendation, complete a Recommendation Form, and submit both the form and the letter of recommendation electronically (as a pdf).
  5. Resume
    You must submit a PDF file as part of your UROP Application.

For more information contact Bart Barlett .