Washington Research Foundation Innovation Fellows Program Details

Salary & Appointment

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Fellows in Clean Energy will receive a salary of $65,000 plus benefits, and a research stipend of $10,000 that can be used for supplies, travel, equipment, and other research costs at their discretion. Initial appointment is for one year, with expected renewal for second year given satisfactory progress.

Nominations & Mentorship

Prospective fellows should identify a UW faculty member (or collaborating group of UW faculty) to serve as a local nominator of the project. Prospective fellows are encouraged to consult the list of CEI Member Faculty for assistance in contacting a local nominator, though nominations from any UW faculty member will be accepted.

If you do not already have an established relationship with a UW/CEI faculty member, we encourage you to provide your CV and a brief statement of your CEI-related interests and fit with the their research group when you contact him or her to facilitate the discussion about the position.

Evaluation Criteria

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Fellows in Clean Energy should have an outstanding record of scientific achievement, and must have received their PhD degree by the time they begin their fellowship appointment.

Evaluation criteria for candidates are:

  1. Record of research and other professional and academic accomplishments including both research publication and technology commercialization as appropriate to their field.
  2. Quality of the proposed research plan and potential to transform future clean energy technology in the CEI focus areas (advanced materials for solar energy, advanced materials for energy storage, and grid systems and integration technology).

Application Instructions

Candidates should complete the online application form that includes the following:

Applicant contact information

Single PDF that includes:

  1. A 1-page statement of research accomplishments.
  2. A curriculum vitae.
  3. A 1-2 paragraph letter from the prospective mentor, confirming their commitment to sponsor the candidate by providing 1/3 of the cost of 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.

Contact information for 3 letters of reference.
Referees will be automatically contacted and reminded to send their recommendation letters electronically to uwcei@uw.edu. Applicants are encouraged to contact their referees ahead of time as well.


Applications are accepted annually with due date on January 15.

Further Questions?

Consult the FAQ.


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.