Details

Position:
Fellowship

Organization:
Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

Contact:
Oscar Serpell
serpello@upenn.edu

Location:
Paris, France

Application Deadline:
January 31, 2022

Term:
May – August 2022

Compensation:
Stipend

Level:
Graduate


Description

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is an intergovernmental organization committed to advancing the security of energy supply, economic growth, and environmental sustainability through energy policy co-operation. The IEA is based in Paris, France, and operates as an autonomous body within the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The Kleinman Birol Fellowship was established in late 2016 by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania to enable graduate students to spend 10 to 12 weeks working on energy policy-related issues at the IEA. Applicants for the 2022 Kleinman Birol Fellowship should be highly motivated individuals with experience working on energy, environmental, or economic issues. Because of the range of the IEA’s “all of energy” activities, opportunities exist for candidates with specific expertise in any of the following areas: energy technology and development; coal, power and natural gas; energy access; and energy efficiency.

This year, the IEA is offering two possible fellowship positions for the Kleinman Birol Fellow. Only one fellow will be selected. This fellow will be chosen based on the strongest applicant-to-position fit, so please apply to the role that best aligns with your interests and experience. If you wish to apply to both positions, please submit a separate application with a different cover letter. The selection process will include two rounds of interviews, one with the Kleinman Center and one with the IEA.


Energy Technology Perspectives: CCUS and Hydrogen

Energy Technology Perspectives Division

A Kleinman Birol Fellow selected for this position will support the IEA’s analysis of hydrogen and CCUS technologies, their contribution to meeting net zero goals, and opportunities to scale their deployment. The focus of analysis will be on synergies in CCUS and hydrogen infrastructure development and deployment, including at existing industrial clusters and ports. It will also include assessment of hydrogen and CCUS technology and policy developments, the potential impact of proposed international standards for low-carbon hydrogen, and country-specific analysis of CCUS and hydrogen opportunities.

Tasks

In this context, the fellow will work closely with a team of analysts to:

  • Analyze and assess deployment opportunities and complementary strategies for hydrogen and CCUS infrastructure at a global and regional level, with a particular focus on early deployment opportunities at industrial clusters and ports;
  • Track recent developments in CCUS and hydrogen technologies and projects, undertaking research and engaging with stakeholders across the public and private sector to understand technology approaches, energy needs, environmental impacts, and investment plans;
  • Prepare analytical outputs as well as briefing materials, presentations and speaking notes as well as contributing to the organization of IEA activities such as meetings, conferences, and workshops.

Required Skills

  • Good knowledge of the energy and/or technology sector;
  • A keen interest in all aspects of energy investment and business and financing models, including fossil fuels, renewables, electricity, and energy efficiency;
  • Proven drafting and editing skills in English, including the ability to communicate clearly on complex topics; and ability to thrive in a multicultural environment.

Advantageous Skills

  • Training in finance, engineering and/or economics, including quantitative economic or financial analysis;
  • Comparative knowledge of energy systems and policies across different countries; and work experience in a company that is active in projects related to energy.

Energy Modeling for the World Energy Outlook

Energy Modelling Office

A Kleinman Birol fellow selected for this position will work to analyze and model the impacts of energy trends and policy transformation on energy demand and electricity. Their work will contribute to the IEA’s annual World Energy Outlook, which has gained a reputation as the most authoritative source for energy analysis and projections. Each year it provides a quantitative outlook for energy supply and demand in the medium to long-term and draws lessons for energy security, investment, and the environment. The chosen candidate will be part of a team of enthusiastic professionals working to track ongoing developments in the energy space, incorporate these trends into our projections, and provide in-depth analysis on key topics at the forefront of the global energy conversation.

Tasks

In this context, the fellow will:

  • Work closely with the team to develop modeling for the World Energy Model, which could include: incorporating the impacts of changing technology costs and regional policies; updating databases on resource potentials; policies, and costs; and calibrating regional demand and power sector models;
  • Track, collect, and assess the impact of energy and environmental policies, including impacts on energy demand, additional infrastructure and investment requirements, employment, prices, and emissions;
  • Support the development of new analysis by providing original research, as well as drafting and preparing reports, presentations, web content and briefs on all aspects of the IEA’s energy outlooks.

Required Skills

  • Good knowledge of the energy and/or technology sector;
  • A keen interest in all aspects of energy investment and business and financing models, including fossil fuels, renewables, electricity and energy efficiency;
  • Proven drafting and editing skills in English, including the ability to communicate clearly on complex topics; and ability to thrive in a multicultural environment.

Advantageous Skills

  • Training in finance, engineering and/or economics, including quantitative economic or financial analysis;
  • Comparative knowledge of energy systems and policies across different countries; and work experience in a company that is active in projects related to energy.

Stipend

Fellows will receive $15,000 from the Kleinman Center, inclusive of travel and housing.

Application Instructions

Applications for this fellowship must be submitted to the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy by 5:00 PM Monday, January 31, 2022. Interested candidates should apply by submitting an online form with the following information:

  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample
  • A 1-Page Cover Letter (please include the position to which you are applying)

This opportunity is available only to currently enrolled Penn graduate students.


Start and end dates for this fellowship are not fixed, but fellows must work full time with the IEA for 10 to 12 weeks and are expected to complete their assignments within four months of the start date. The final start and end dates will be decided between the fellow and the IEA. The fellowship will be based in Paris provided that the IEA offices are open and work-from-home restrictions have been lifted.