Solar Power Fellowships

Meet our 2021 Solar Power Fellows 

GRID Alternatives and WRISE are partnering again for a Rising Solar fellowship program to give aspiring solar professionals from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to pursue a career in renewable energy.

Rising Solar Fellows receive:

  • free access to the RE+ conference
  • specialized program content exclusively for fellows
  • mentoring and networking opportunities
  • and the chance to collaborate with and learn from a peer group of fellows

The program, part of GRID and WRISE’s workforce diversity initiatives, is aimed at anyone identifying as a woman or marginalized gender training for careers in installation and design as well as college and graduate students studying renewable energy and related fields.

RE+ is offering both in-person and virtual options for attendance. We are monitoring COVID-19 recommendations closely and will make a decision regarding whether or not fellows will have the option to attend the conference in person by the time of fellow selection. We feel it is important to proceed with our fellowship program, and regardless of whether or not we provide the option to attend the in-person event this year, 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.

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

Rising Solar Fellowship Eligibility:

  • The Solar Power Fellowship is available to anyone 18 or older identifying as a woman or marginalized gender, 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

Thank you to our 2022

Solar Power Fellowship Sponsor!