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Graduate Fellowships in Cybersecurity Research

This competition is open to Stanford doctoral students performing cybersecurity research for the future electric grid. These fellowships are meant to support advanced doctoral students (second year and beyond) to pursue innovative research projects beyond the proof-of-concept stage toward impactful applications.

  • Submission deadline for Applications: October 15, 2021
  • Expected Date for Selection Notifications: December 1, 2021
  • Expected Date for Award: January 3, 2022

Selected awardees receive two years of support that will include:

  • Stipend
  • Tuition
  • $5000 in research and conference travel funding

Bits & Watts is a Stanford University initiative bringing together multi-disciplinary research teams to develop innovations for the 21st century electric grid. It works to develop a new grid paradigm that is needed to incorporate large amounts of clean power and a growing number of distributed energy resources, while simultaneously enabling grid reliability, resilience, security and affordability.  We see increasing interest from our industry affiliates on electric grid cybersecurity, especially cybersecurity vulnerability issues for inverter-based distributed energy resources. Electric utilities have been dealing with operational technology security for decades, but inverter-based DERs (like roof top solar, home battery storage, etc.) at the grid edge security are new to them. These DERs are highly distributed, limited in bandwidth, memory and storage.

The goals of this fellowship are to train the next generation of leaders and to support the development of applied research that has the potential to address cybersecurity challenges for DERs.

Stanford doctoral students currently in their second year or beyond can apply. Proposed projects must pursue activities that are focused on an area relevant to cybersecurity for the future electric grid, clearly outline a research plan that will help advance innovative research beyond proof-of-concept toward impactful real-world solutions and be conducted under the guidance of one or more Stanford University faculty members. A faculty member may only endorse one graduate fellowship application per cycle and may only have one funded Bits & Watts Graduate Fellow in their lab at a time. Two graduate fellowships will be awarded.