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 fellowships at a variety of organizations. Here are some we have supported in the past:

  • International Energy Agency
    Applications for the 2019 Kleinman Birol Fellowship are now closed.

As a Kleinman Birol Fellow, spend the summer working on energy policy-related issues at the International Energy Agency (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.

  • City of Philadelphia: Office of Sustainability
  • City of Philadelphia: Energy Office 
  • Philadelphia Energy Authority
  • Clean Air Council
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Council
  • Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance 
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture: Rural Utilities Service
  • U.S. Green Building Council 

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


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." 



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 summer 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.”