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Energy Impact Summer Fellowships

UPDATE: There will be a 2020 Energy Impact Fellowship hosted by Shake Energy Collaborative. Read more about the project in the project description below. 

Read about the 2019 project>>

Apply for our 2020 Fellowship>>

In conjunction with the Haas Center, the TomKat Center will provide stipends to Stanford undergraduates who wish to work on a sustainable energy project with significant social impact.

Spend 8 weeks next summer working as a team with fellow undergraduate students on a multifaceted project. Fellowships are Cardinal-Quarter-eligible. The fellowship will run from 7/6/2020 to 8/28/2020. 


The summer 2020 Energy Impact Fellowship will be hosted by a recent Stanford startup, Shake Energy Collaborative. Shake Energy Collaborative is a benefit corporation energy developer that enables communities to design and profit from their own energy resources. Shake enables community members to synthesize technical information and collaborate with relevant stakeholders to design the siting, sizing, dual land uses and other physical attributes of an energy project in their area.

Through this collaborative summer research project, the fellows will develop recommendations for the most effective methods of community engagement during the development of a community energy project, and the most equitable structures of project ownership throughout the facility’s 20-30 year lifetime. The fellows will conduct research through literature reviews, ethnographic interviews, and workshops under the guidance of Shake Energy Collaborative. The project will be based in the San Joaquin Valley in California, working with Shakeʻs current partner organizations and with new communities that the fellows may wish to reach out to. The fellows will work out of Shakeʻs office in Fresno, CA and have the autonomy to define their day to day work to meet the goals of the overall project. The project output will inform the design of engagement strategies and ownership structures that Shake will implement in upcoming projects, as well as provide an important contribution to the field of community energy and energy justice more broadly.


Undergraduate students (any year or major) who have a passion for renewable energy and who enjoy working on projects that have tangible social value. Some relevant technical and project management experience or skills would be a plus. Creativity, curiosity, resourcefulness, and the ability to work in collaboration with others are paramount.


This immersive 8 week summer program will include:

  • Project management experience in a collaborative team setting
  • $7,500 stipend
  • Mentorship
  • Training in sustainable energy production processes


You can apply for this opportunity through SOLO. A complete fellowship application includes the following components:

1. Personal Statement

The personal statement questions are your opportunity to express why you are interested in this particular fellowship experience. The selection committee is interested in both your personal and academic reasons for applying to this program. Please ensure that you are specific in your responses to the questions, yet succinct. Each response should be approximately one paragraph (4 to 6 sentences) in length.

  • Why are you applying for this fellowship?
  • How have you prepared for this fellowship and what do you anticipate will be your biggest challenge?   
  • What classes have you taken that have prepared you for this fellowship?
  • How will this fellowship contribute to your academic success and professional and/or personal development?  

2. Applicant information (name, major, SU id#, email address)

3. One-page resume, including current and past internships, work experience, and community service endeavors

4. Please submit an unofficial transcript from Stanford Axess.

  • Go to the Student Center tab from the Axess home page.
  • Click on "My Academics."
  • Click on “View my unofficial transcripts.”
  • In the drop down menu marked as “Career” select “undergraduate.”
  • Click the green button “View Report.”
  • Save pdf file with your name and upload to your application. 

Read about the 2019 project>>

Apply for our 2020 Fellowship>>

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