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May 1, 2023

Princeton joins Wind Institute Fellowship Program to advance student offshore wind research

By Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment 

Princeton University has joined the New Jersey Wind Institute Fellowship Program to help graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines advance knowledge and expertise around offshore wind energy in the state of New Jersey.

The year-long fellowship program, sponsored by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and administered by the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, will offer paid opportunities for four Princeton students to undertake projects related to offshore wind. The program is designed to encourage student research that could shape the future of offshore wind development in New Jersey while building student-mentor expertise about the industry.

Graduate students and rising undergraduate juniors from all backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to apply for the fellowship. The NJEDA program, now in its second year, has supported projects led by New Jersey university students from across the STEM, social sciences, and humanities fields.

“The energy future of New Jersey and the world hinges on expertise from many disciplines,” said Elke Weber, associate director for education at the Andlinger Center, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, and Professor of Psychology and International and Public Affairs. “This fellowship is an opportunity for students to explore and innovate the burgeoning offshore wind industry from a diverse set of perspectives and with a wide range of tools.”

Selected fellows will conduct independent research or undertake other creative projects under the guidance of faculty advisors at Princeton. Fellows will also participate in industry trainings, guest lectures, site visits, and other activities to support their knowledge of the offshore wind industry and expose them to key industry stakeholders.

“New Jersey’s renowned higher education institutions are ideal for cultivating a workforce poised to support the state’s rapidly advancing offshore wind sector,” said NJEDA Vice President of Offshore Wind Jen Becker. “This fellowship program will create opportunities for students while helping us develop a robust, diverse, and local workforce for the offshore wind industry.”

Applications for the fellowship will open on May 10 and will close on June 9, 2023. The program will run from September 2023 through August 2024.

Selected graduate students will be awarded a fellowship totaling $30,000, and selected undergraduate rising juniors will be awarded a fellowship totaling $15,000 to support their work. In addition, all students will receive an additional stipend to cover the cost of travel, materials, or other expenses.

To learn more about the Wind Institute Fellowship Program, including eligibility criteria and application requirements, visit the New Jersey Wind Institute Fellowship Program page on the Andlinger Center’s website.