GDF-Suez Chuck Edwards Memorial Fellowship

Proposals accepted from July 21-September 8, 2017

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Request for Applications for the GDF-Suez Chuck Edwards Memorial Fellowship

Since 2002, Trigen-Cinergy Solutions (Suez) established through the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, a fund to support energy conversion education at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.  In 2014 the fellowship was renamed to honor the memory of Mr. Chuck Edwards, the late general manager at GDF Suez Energy North America and long-time fellowship benefactor.

The fellowship is implemented by the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE). This announcement serves as a request for proposals for University of Maryland engineering graduate student(s) and their faculty advisor(s) to seek funding to pursue new research in the area of energy systems and devices to enable quantifiable energy savings and/or carbon dioxide emission reduction when compared to the performance of existing systems and devices. Examples of such technologies include, but are not limited to waste heat utilization, carbon dioxide sequestration, absorption cooling, energy system optimization products and other technologies with a quantifiable potential to reduce energy consumption and/or carbon dioxide emissions.

Engineering students with a faculty sponsor are encouraged to submit proposals for one of the two $25,000 one-year full-time graduate fellowship applied to the student’s annual stipend (this helps pay for the stipend, not add to it). One fellowship award will be granted starting Fall of 2016 and going through the end of the 2017 Spring Semester.

The proposed research must not fall exclusively under the objectives of a currently funded research project, although supplemental research efforts to existing projects will be considered. A prerequisite to receiving this fellowship is that the graduate student will receive the rest of their regular support during the academic year and summer from their advisor/department. The assistantship can have no additional work requirement during the summer months to allow the Suez Fellow time to focus full-time on her/his proposed research effort during that time period.

It is expected that each fellow will present his/her research results at a technical conference, and/or submit a scholarly publication. Fellows will be required to submit an end of the year progress report to the Suez director. The intent of the fellowship is to initiate new research directions, so there will be a new competition each year, subject to availability of funds.

Important Deadlines

  • July 21-September 8 Submission center open
  • August 11 - Submit intent to apply information
  • September 8 - Proposal submission (and advisor letter) deadline
  • September 22- Winners announced

Proposal Format

The proposal narrative must be no more than a three-page description of the student’s research and must identify how it addresses some aspect of a forward looking solution in their area of research. The proposal must include the following, all within the three-page limit:

  • One-paragraph abstract summarizing the research plan,
  • Brief description of the problem and relevant background,
  • Proposed plan of research,
  • Paragraph describing plans to present the results and efforts to further fund the research.
  • Bios of the student and the advising faculty member, each not to exceed two pages in length, should be appended to the proposal narrative.
  • Advising faculty member signed reference letter (PDF), which provides an assessment of the student and his/her applicability for the fellowship.

Submit Your Intent to Apply

Please submit your intent to apply information online by August 11, 2017.

Submit Your Proposal

Applications must be submitted as a single PDF document no later than 4 p.m. on September 8, 2017

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