Kleinman Birol Fellowship at the International Energy Agency

Position Details

Organization: International Energy Agency Department: Energy Efficiency Division (EEfD) Location: Other
Type: Internship Timeframe: Summer Compensation: Paid Level: Graduate Start/End Dates:
May 15, 2020 to August 15, 2020
Application Deadline: February 3, 2020 Contact Information: Kimberle Szczurowskikimberle@upenn.edu 215-898-8502

The Kleinman Birol Fellowship was established jointly in 2016 by International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. It was named to honor the contributions of Fatih Birol, Carnot Prize recipient and executive director of the IEA. The fellowship enables a graduate student to spend the summer (10 to 12 weeks) working on energy policy-related issues at the IEA in Paris, France.

Applicants for the 2020 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. The focus of the 2020 Kleinman Birol Fellowship will be on energy efficiency.

About the IEA

The International Energy Agency is an intergovernmental organization committed to advancing 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.



Under the supervision of IEA staff, the Kleinman Birol Fellow will support the EEfD’s efforts to analyze recent trends in energy efficiency, particularly in terms of developments around digital technologies and related business models and innovations. The IEA’s work on energy efficiency is moving beyond "traditional" demand side topics like the efficiency of individual end-use technologies, to an examination of energy efficiency in the context of the wider energy system, where efficiency can play an important role in areas like demand responses, enabling renewables deployments, electrification of transport and heat, and beyond. The role of the private sector is a key part of this shift to system wide efficiency.

In this role, a candidate would: 

  • work closely with a team of analysts to develop research methodologies and analytical approaches to this topic, offering business relevant insights and perspectives;
  • track and analyze key market developments, undertaking research and engaging with a range of stakeholders across the IEA, government and industry to obtain policy and market insights;
  • support the finalization and then dissemination of IEA work through the preparation of analytical outputs as well as briefing materials, presentations, and speaking notes; and contribute to the organization of IEA activities such as meetings, conferences, and workshops.
Supervising Office

Energy Efficiency Division (EEfD)

Application Requirements

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.
Application Instructions


To apply, please send a statement of interest, a resume, and a 2-10 page writing sample in English of a publication, research paper, article or assignment on a relevant topic to Kimberle Szczurowski (kimberle@upenn.edu).

Deadline: February 3rd 2019, 9:00am

Students who are selected for a first round interview will be scheduled for February 4th-7th.

Application deadline is Monday, February 3 at 9 AM.

**Start and end dates are not fixed. 

Additional Information


Fellows will receive $15,000 from the Kleinman Center, inclusive of travel and housing. In addition, the fellow will receive a monthly stipend of €608.40 from the IEA.

**This opportunity is only available to Penn graduate students**