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Student Hardship & Opportunity Fund

About the Award

We understand that students might experience financial or other challenges while a student at the UW. The Clean Energy Institute (CEI) Student Hardship & Opportunity Fund was created to enable students to continue in Masters/Graduate/PhD/Postdoctoral training, when it may be otherwise challenging due to unmet financial burdens. Students will receive this support via one-time payment. Awarded amounts will be based on the hardship or opportunity the student is facing. 

We encourage students to reach out to program staff or faculty for support when needed, even if you are unsure if you qualify for this funding.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee, made up of the CEI Chief Scientist and/or Director, Collaboration Core Administrator, CEI Associate Director of Education & Workforce Engagement, and CEI Operations Manager. All application details will remain confidential and will not be shared outside of the reviewing committee.

Who is eligible to apply

The award is open to Masters, Graduate, PhD, and Postdocs participating in the CEI Community, or involved with broader CEI activities.

There are many reasons that students might need financial support and have noted some examples below. Please note that the following examples are non-exclusive. If you feel you are in need of support, we encourage you to  apply or reach out to your program staff or faculty member. 

  • Individual experiences a gap in funding due to visa delay.
  • Individual experiences the loss of a loved one and needs financial support to travel to funeral or support family during the time of loss.
  • Individual has the opportunity to register for an important research society, but lacks the financial resources to join.
  • Individual has the opportunity to attend an important conference in their field, but lacks the financial resources to attend. (Please note that the CEI Student Hardship & Opportunity Fund should be a last resort for travel related requests. Please see CEI Student Travel Grants for information on travel funding.)


  • Student must be a Masters, Graduate, PhD or Postdoctoral student, able to demonstrate their involvement in the CEI community, or involvement in broader CEI Activities.
  • Student must demonstrate need for the award.
  • A short student impact statement will be required within 3 months of the award being granted. The statement should illustrate the impact of the award on the student’s personal circumstances, and/or the student’s growth and development in their field. This statement is important for CEI’s donors and financial transparency, however, private student information will remain confidential. 
  • Impact statements should be sent to

How to Apply

Please submit requests here:

Requests will be reviewed by the committee upon receipt.

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