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Current Fellowships

Please contact Katie Taflan Cerneka with any questions.

Summer 2021 Undergraduate Fellowships:

Applications are closed except for the Western Interstate Energy Board fellowship. Interested students should email their resume and cover letter directly to Katie Taflan Cerneka at ktaflanc@stanford.edu.

Summer 2021 Graduate Fellowships:

Applications are closed except for the Department of Water Resources and Western Interstate Energy Board fellowships. Interested students should email their resume and cover letter directly to Katie Taflan Cerneka at ktaflanc@stanford.edu.

Undergraduate students can apply to Shultz Energy Fellowship positions through Stanford in Government (SIG)’s fellowship application process. The application consists of a common application, a supplemental application, and tiered preferences. Undergraduate students applying for Shultz Energy Fellowship positions may also apply to SIG's summer fellowships. Students may rank up to five Shultz Energy Fellowships/SIG fellowships for which to write supplemental essays to be considered.

Application timeline: 

  • Late November/Early December: Application window opens
  • Early February: Application window closes
  • Mid-February: Interviews
  • Early/Mid-March: Decisions announced

Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate students must have completed two full-time enrolled quarters this academic year by the time their full-time grant funded project begins, and they must use their Flex Term during the full-time project opportunity. This is a University-wide policy and not solely subject to the Shultz Energy Fellowships program.
  • All Shultz fellows must be enrolled in the spring quarter before their Shultz fellowship and take a one-unit workshop spring course, 'Energy Policy in California and the West'. Absolutely no exceptions are made to this rule.
  • International students are eligible to apply for all positions except for positions at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).
  • Graduate students are not eligible to apply for an undergraduate-level Shultz Energy Fellowship through the SIG portal. Graduate students can apply for graduate-level fellowships through the SOLO portal.

Graduate students can apply for Shultz Energy Fellowship positions through the Stanford Off-Campus Learning Opportunities (SOLO) portal. Representatives from the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Bill Lane Center for the American West will evaluate applications to determine up to five finalists to be interviewed for each position. From these finalists, prospective fellows are selected, and their applications will be forwarded to the host office for final selection. Students may apply to and rank up to five Shultz Energy Fellowships for which to be considered.

Application timeline:

  • Late November: Application window opens
  • Early February: Application window closes 
  • Mid-February: Interviews
  • Early/Mid-March: Decisions announced

For each opportunity, a complete application includes all of the following:

  • Current resume/CV
  • One-page cover letter, detailing applicant's interest and qualifications for opportunity
  • Unofficial Stanford transcript
  • Acknowledgment of University Policies and COVID-19
  • Acknowledgment of spring quarter course requirement
  • Fellowship opportunities ranking (if applicable) 

Eligibility:

  • All Shultz fellows must be enrolled in the spring quarter before their fellowship and take a one-unit workshop spring course, 'Energy Policy in California and the West'. Absolutely no exceptions are made to this rule.
  • International students are eligible to apply for all positions except for those at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).
  • Undergraduate students are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply for a graduate-level Shultz fellowships through the SOLO portal. Undergraduate students can apply for undergraduate-level fellowships through the SIG portal.

All Shultz fellows must be enrolled in the spring quarter before their Shultz fellowship. Absolutely no exceptions are made to this rule. 

In addition to fulfilling the fellowship position over the summer, all fellows will also need to complete the following:

Spring 2021

  • Take a one-unit workshop spring course, 'Energy Policy in California and the West' taught by Bruce Cain and Sally Benson that will provide an in-depth analysis of the role of California state agencies, the Western Interstate Energy Board, and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council in driving energy policy development, technology innovation, and market structures. Course number is CEE 263G / POLISCI 73 / PUBLPOL 73 / ENERGY 73. Schedule: Wednesdays from 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Remote: Synchronous). Please note: You can only enroll in the course after getting approved for the fellowship and receiving a permission number.
  • Haas Center's Principles of Ethical and Effective Service workshop course (date TBA)
  • Submit all required online forms and paperwork.
  • SIG program orientation (undergraduates only) (date TBA)
  • Meet with Haas staff for a small group program orientation (undergraduates only).
  • Meet with your agency mentor and academic mentor at least once.

Summer 2021

  • Submit a blog post(s).
  • Schedule and host an agency lunch or similary activity.
  • Submit a final report or presentation, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with donor(s) as requested by program staff.
  • The 2021 fellowship runs from Monday, June 21 to Friday, August 27.

Fall 2021

  • Debrief with academic mentors at least once.
  • Participate in at least one outreach activity to share your experiences and help publicize the program.
  • Help interview candidates for the Summer 2022 program.

Students are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing and transportation during the fellowship.