Summer Fellowships

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SUMMER with a fellowship designed for you and funded by the Kleinman Center.

Get Research Experience

Our on-campus research fellowships connect you with faculty mentors who work with you on energy-related scholarship. You can design an independent research project (under faculty direction) or assist a faculty member with his or her energy research.

Get Work Experience

Our off-campus professional fellowships connect you with prominent institutions that offer work opportunities designed and designated for Penn students. Each summer we offer prestigious fellowships that offer a unique and challenging experience. 

Applications for the 2020 summer fellowships are now open!

Kleinman Birol Fellowship: Spend the summer working on energy policy-related issues at the IEA in Paris, France. This paid fellowship is funded jointly by the IEA and the Kleinman Center. Read about our 2018 Kleinman Birol Fellow Khushboo Goel, who spent last summer researching deep decarbonization strategies. 

Environmental Defense Fund FellowshipThis position is designed for a highly qualified and deeply motivated law student to work on projects related to climate change, carbon capture and sequestration, water management, and energy. This paid position can be located in New York City, Washington D.C. or Boulder, CO. 

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Note: The Kleinman Center offers financial support for unpaid fellowships. After accepting the position, simply complete our grant form


Lauren Burnsdale next to a stream

Lauren Burnsdale, a master's student in applied geosciences, worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with the Policy Office and Energy Office where she provided research, policy, scientific and technical support relative to the development of Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future.

“Participating in this fellowship through the Kleinman Center has changed my career outlook. Since the fellowship, I have shifted my academic focus towards energy engineering, finance, risk management, and policy for my graduate work.”

Anna Gilroy headashot

Anya Gilroy, an environmental studies major, worked in the Energy Office of the City of Philadelphia where she uploaded and managed the utility bills of city-owned buildings, benchmarked the city’s buildings to track energy efficiency, and used GIS software to create different maps relating to point source pollution in Philadelphia.

“As an Environmental Studies major I often feel dejected and helpless with large-scale issues such as climate change,” reflected Anya, “but this fellowship reminded me that there are real people working every day and affecting real change."