Solar Power Fellowships

GRID Alternatives and WRISE are partnering again for a Rising Women Solar fellowship program to give aspiring solar professionals from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to pursue a career in renewable energy. The program, part of GRID and WRISE’s workforce diversity initiatives, is aimed at women training for careers in installation and design as well as college and graduate students studying renewable energy and related fields.

Given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, our organizations will not be traveling and we are not sending fellows to any in-person events this year. We felt it was important to proceed with our fellowship program, and we are in the process of planning virtual programming for the fellowship this year that aims to meet the goals and quality of our traditional program. We will provide specific details on dates and content as they become available.

SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week 2020 will be all virtual in 2020.

Contact fellowships[at]WRISEnergy[dot]org with questions

Rising Women Solar Fellowship Eligibility:

  • The Solar Power Fellowship is available to anyone 18 or older identifying as a woman who is currently enrolled as a student or is a recent graduate of a college, university, or technical certificate program (including graduate degree programs as well as installer training programs) and is not yet in the industry.
  • Fellowship applicants may be interested in any sector of renewable energy, including academic, manufacturing, technical, consulting, engineering, finance, and others
  • Applicants must be planning to pursue a renewable energy career in the United States and will benefit most if interested in the solar industry specifically.

*At this time, we are only accepting applications from students or graduates of US-based schools/programs.

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

• Demonstrated interest in renewable energy
• Academic and/or vocational achievement
• Work and volunteer experience
• Potential for future contributions to the U.S. renewable energy community
• Financial need

Applications are NOW closed for 2020.