Humboldt State University

Schatz Energy Research Center

Schatz Energy Fellowship

Schatz Fellow Meg Harper installs electrical hardware on a house in Bhutan

The Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) is pleased to offer the Schatz Energy Fellowship for graduate studies at Humboldt State University. Applicants for the Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) and Energy, Technology, and Policy (ETaP) options of the Environmental Systems Graduate Program who intend to focus on renewable energy or energy efficiency related work are considered for the fellowship.

The fellowship provides $15,000 in support during the academic year to the selected student. The fellowship may be renewed once at the discretion of the Schatz Energy Research Center directors to cover a second year of graduate study. The fellow will also have an opportunity to work on research activities at SERC during the ten-month academic year. Fellows will be paid an hourly wage for this work; the typical work load will be approximately 10 hours per week. The fellowship does not guarantee summer employment at SERC, although this is a possibility depending on the availability of funds to compensate this additional work, as well as the fellow’s skills and initiative.

All applicants to the ERE and ETaP options of Environmental Systems who are interested in energy studies and submit their materials by the February 1 application deadline will be considered for the Schatz Energy Fellowship. This is the same deadline as for all students who wish to begin studies during the fall semester, which begins in August of each year. 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 when choosing the successful candidate. Applicants who receive substantial grant or scholarship funding (> $15,000 per year) from another source will not be eligible for the Schatz Energy Fellowship.

Applicants to the ERE and ETaP programs who wish to enhance their possibilities of receiving the Fellowship should note their interest in the Schatz Energy Fellowship in their application essay. Moreover, candidates should use the essay to indicate the line of research or project work that they propose to pursue at Humboldt State. Candidates should also briefly discuss how their prior studies and work experience help to prepare them to engage in the proposed work.

The candidate who receives an offer of the Schatz Energy Fellowship will be notified by April 15. SERC is an equal opportunity institution; women, minorities, and foreign nationals are encouraged to apply.

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 The deadline for second year applicants is also February 1, and applicants will be notified by March 15.

For questions, please contact:
Schatz Energy Research Center
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Phone: 707.826.4345

Visit the ERE and ETaP graduate program website for more information about the respective programs.