Graduate Fellowship Program

About the Program

The CEI Graduate Fellowship Program funds exceptional researchers from departments across the University of Washington, including Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics, to apply their talents to clean energy research projects, participate in outreach activities, attend conferences, and develop professionally.  Applications for academic year fellowships are accepted each summer.

Meet current and previous Graduate Fellows

CEI Graduate Fellows Activities

  • Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: CEI fellows have the opportunity to meet an impressive set of invited speakers each quarter. Fellows should enroll in MoLES 599 to get credit for this series. If you would like to have lunch with a visiting speaker, or have an suggestion for a future speaker, please send a message to seminar coordinator Caitlin O’Morchoe. Include the speaker name, area of interest, and reason for inviting if you are recommending a speaker.


    CEI Fellows visited UniEnergy Technology in Mulkiteo to see how flow batteries are built.

  • Field Trips: Periodically we will arrange interesting energy related tours of area businesses and installations for our students. We have visited Itek Solar,  Microsoft Smart Building Operations Center, and PNNL labs. Contact education director Shaun Taylor if you have an idea for a field trip.
  • CEI Fellows Onboarding Day: Each year we provide a full day special CEI orientation day and communications training workshop. See last year’s presentations and agenda.  [UW NetID required]
  • Interdisciplinary Training: Fellows use resources such as the Energy Basic Canvas Course and the Clean Energy Wiki to learn to broaden their understanding and talk across disciplines.
  • Professional Development: CEI is committed to providing the highest level of academic and professional preparation for its members. Fellows have opportunities to participate in professional ethics training, designing broader impacts programs, communicating science to the public, and specialized training in graphics and
    Paws on Science 2016 Photo:John Katahara

    Paws on Science 2016
    Photo:John Katahara

    video production that will prepare them for a productive career. Opportunities will be offered throughout the year; contact education director Shaun Taylor with ideas or inquiries.

  • Outreach Activities: Lead K-12 students in hands-on activities and present at community events such as Paws On Science, Engineering Discovery Days, and many other events as a Clean Energy Ambassador.
  • CleanTech Alliance Breakfast Series: Following the success of last year’s Breakfast Series we are providing 1 free breakfast ticket per month to CEI Fellows. Breakfasts are happen on the second Wednesday of each month (see current schedule). Contact  senior communications manager Suzanne Offen if you are interested in attending with CEI’s ticket. We recommend business attire and using public transportation if possible; parking can be expensive.
  • Element 8 Meetings: One of our CEI partner organization is the clean energy investment group Element 8. This is a good place to network with the business community and see a real live pitch for a new project each month.  (see current schedule and contact  assistant director Jill Aronson Pfaendtner if you are interested in attending.)


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.