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UM Energy Institute Fellowship Program

The University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI), in partnership with
the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), seeks to provide selected UM undergraduates at all years of study with a $4,000 stipend for a 10-week fellowship to work
under the supervision of a 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

 Suitable mentors may be identified from the UMEI faculty affiliates. Participating undergraduates will perform research and receive mentoring while they work on the great challenge of our times: how to meet the energy needs of our society in a sustainable manner. The UMEI-UROP partnership engages undergraduates who express interest in energy issues and encourages them to advance their education in the field.

 In addition to research with a UMEI faculty affiliate, students will participate in a bi-weekly UMEI lunch seminar series and present a poster of their summer work at the UROP Summer Symposium during the last week of the program.

 The UMEI-UROP program seeks to attract a broadly diverse student population, which includes women and historically underrepresented students, as well as first generation college students and students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. The program also offers workshops and resources to assist students with the graduate school application process.


This fellowship is open to 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. 

Stipend Award: $4000 (paid in four installments, does not include housing)

Fellowship Dates: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - Friday, August 2, 2019

Application Opens: Monday, December 10, 2018

Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019 (the application is now closed)

Acceptance Notification: will begin on Friday, March 15, 2019

Mandatory Orientation: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Application Instructions

Application Instructions

Students should e-mail an Adobe PDF file including following items to Professor Bart M. Bartlett, AssociateDirector for Science and Technology, at

1. Research Proposal

This three-page research proposal (single-spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins; page limit includes all figures and references) 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.

2. Resume or CV

3. Official Transcript(s)

You will need to submit an official transcript from U of M and any other institutions (higher education institutions, e.g. all community colleges attended)

In addition, students should arrange for the UMEI Faculty Affiliate (summer mentor) to send a recommendation letter to by the March 1st, 2019 deadline. The recommendation letter from the faculty affiliate should include a brief statement of how long and in what capacity knows the student. Faculty should also comment specifically on the student’s scholarly potential, maturity, motivation, and ability to work independently in a summer research program.


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Contact Information

For more information, please contact Bart Barlett (, Associate Director for Science and Technology.