Society of Energy Fellows

Update: Student application deadline has been updated to Friday, March 27, 2020.

The Society of Energy Fellows at MIT is a global network of over 400 MIT students and alumni dedicated to expediting a global transition to low-carbon energy solutions.

Members of the Society of Energy Fellows are graduate students and postdoctoral researchers that have received support from MIT Energy Initiative Founding, Sustaining, and Associate members in recognition of keen interest in energy and excellence in research. The selection process is highly competitive, with an average of 24 fellows appointed each year.

Are you already a member of the Society of Energy Fellows? Be sure to join the LinkedIn group, a platform for energy researchers and leaders to share ideas, network, post news and events, and browse career opportunities.

2020 Deadline

Friday, March 27, 2020 (Updated): Student applications due *

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* Please note that a student application is not complete without a faculty member’s nomination. Applications will not be considered if nominations are missing or submitted after the deadline.

Application Process

MIT graduate students and postdocs interested in applying to be an Energy Fellow should first notify their MIT faculty advisors. Faculty members may submit student nominations here. Student applications will not be considered until a nomination from an MIT faculty member is received.

Once nominated by a faculty member, students may complete the application here, which requires the attachment of:

Applications are due no later than March 27, 2020. Funding decisions will be issued in May 2020, with funding administered by the affiliated department at the start of the fall semester. Funding for graduate students covers health benefits, stipend, and tuition for nine months. Funding for postdoctoral students covers salary and benefits for nine months.

Appointed Energy Fellows receive invitations to career development and mentorship events, networking and social events with other members, job opportunities communicated through MITEI, and MITEI member engagements.

Because Energy Fellows are sponsored entirely by outside donors, those selected have a few special obligations. They must:

If you have any further questions about the application process, funding, obligations, or member companies, contact Rowan Elowe at