Washington Research Foundation Innovation Fellows Application

Application Instructions

Please read the FAQ and review the program details before submitting an application by completing the form below.

Do not begin the application unless you have already corresponded with a UW faculty member and received a letter of support that you can include with your application. Current UW students and postdocs will not be considered for this program.

Application Materials

The attachment to your application should include the following:

  1. A 1-page statement of research accomplishments
  2. A curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. A 1-2 paragraph letter from the prospective UW mentor, confirming commitment to provide a position in his or her lab and 1/3 of the salary and benefits.
  4. A 1-page summary of the proposed research project to be prepared by the fellow. Prospective fellows are encouraged to solicit advice from their faculty nominator

If you include the email addresses for your referees in the application form, the system will automatically send them a reminder to submit their reference letters to uwcei@uw.edu. However, applicants are ultimately responsible for ensuring their reference letters are submitted on time.

Application Deadline & Review

Applications will not be considered complete or reviewed unless all 4 of the items listed above are included within the PDF and all 3 letters of recommendation from your referees are received by email.

The annual application deadline is January 15. Decisions will be made and communicated in February each year.


First Name

Last Name



Mailing Address

Prospective UW Advisor Name


Please note that you must also include 1-2 paragraph letter from your prospective UW advisor within the PDF document attached to this application below. Applications will not be considered if this letter is not included.

Referee 1 Name

Referee 1 Email*

Referee 2 Name

Referee 2 Email*

Referee 3 Name

Referee 3 Email*

*If you include email addresses, the system will automatically send your referees a reminder.

How did you hear about the WRF Innovation Fellows in Clean Energy Program?

Please attach a single PDF proposal that includes the required sections (pdf only; 2MB limit):

Please review application fields carefully to ensure information is correct before clicking submit. Upon submission of this form, referees will be contacted and reminded to send letters of reference directly to the Clean Energy Institute. All recommendations letters must be received for the application to be considered complete.

If you do not receive a confirmation message upon submission, please refresh the page and resubmit.

The Washington Research Foundation has provided a six-year gift of $6.74 million to support nine new faculty hires, six postdoctoral researchers and the creation of a new experimental manufacturing facility on campus that will help move discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. This investment in the CEI is truly transformational.”
– Daniel Schwartz, CEI Director
“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy
Since its founding the Clean Energy Institute has contributed more than $1.1 million toward the education of 66 STEM scholars and recruitment of 12 students through our fellowship programs.