The Schatz Energy Research Center and the Blue Lake Rancheria tribe are pleased to offer the Blue Lake Rancheria Fellowship for Clean Energy Studies at Humboldt State University. This fellowship is funded by the Blue Lake Rancheria tribe in honor of legendary local STEM educator, the late Jean Rousseau. The fellowship supports graduate students in Environmental Systems who intend to research or conduct project work in renewable energy, energy efficiency, or related areas in the clean energy field.
The Blue Lake Rancheria Fellowship provides $15,000 in financial support for one academic year. The recipient is also eligible to be employed on research projects at the Schatz Center (typically, quarter-time throughout the academic year). The fellowship does not guarantee summer employment at SERC, although this is a possibility depending on the availability of funds, as well as the fellow’s skills and initiative.
The fellowship may be renewed once, based on performance and at the discretion of Schatz Center directors and the selection committee, for a second year of study. Applicants who receive substantial grant or scholarship funding (more than $15,000 per year) from another source are not eligible for fellowships.
The fellowship selection committee will consider prior academic performance, work experience, areas of interest, communication skills (especially as exhibited in the statement of purpose essay), and other factors that indicate strong potential to succeed.
All graduate student applicants in the Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) and Energy Technology and Policy (ETaP) pathways of the Environmental Systems program are eligible for fellowship consideration. In your graduate application essay, please discuss the line of research or project work that you propose to pursue at HSU, and how your prior studies and experience have prepared you for this pursuit.
Visit the ERE and ETaP graduate program website for more information about the respective programs.
Current year fellows who wish to apply for second year funding must submit first semester transcripts and a cover letter, not to exceed 500 words, that describes first semester research or project work accomplishments and a proposal for the second year. These materials should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for second year applicants is also February 1, and applicants will be notified by March 15.