Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Program Guidelines for Non-Notre Dame Students


Slatt Undergraduate Student Fellowships in Energy

ND Energy offers competitive research fellowships to undergraduate students to conduct energy-related research at the University of Notre Dame. The Vincent P. Slatt Fellowships for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes are awarded annually to students who have research interests in energy technologies and America’s energy future. Energy technologies range from a means to improve the use of fossil, nuclear, and alternative energy sources for power or fuels production to the development of more efficient transportation and energy utilization systems. Projects must be focused on creating better energy systems and devices or strengthening America’s energy future through the development of policies and infrastructure to support new technologies. 

Since 2012, ND Energy has awarded up to three (3) Slatt Fellowships to undergraduate students affiliated with the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Consortium. The AUC is the world’s largest consortium of African American private institutions of higher education, designed to channel intellectual resources to the advancement of minority, economically disadvantaged, and under-served communities. Members of the consortium are Clark Atlanta University (a B.S., Masters, and Ph.D. granting co-educational institution), Morehouse College (a B.S. degree granting liberal arts college for men only), and Spelman College (a B.S. degree granting liberal arts college for women only). Students who are currently in their sophomore or junior year are eligible to apply for a Slatt Fellowship. Each award is $5,000 and can be used to support the student's stipend, as well as assist with travel and housing costs. At the end of the research experience, students will be asked to present a research poster at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium and submit a final report to ND Energy.  

  • Applications for summer 2017 Slatt Fellowships will be accepted October 1-31 (2016) and February 1-28 (2017).
  • Up to 3 awards will be granted at $5,000 each. 
  • The 10-week program will be held May 22 - July 29.


Students who wish to be considered for a Slatt Fellowship must submit an online application at the link below and request a letter of recommendation from their University faculty advisor or mentor. Students will also need to identify the areas of energy-related research in which they have an interest.  Major research areas at Notre Dame include:  Bioenergy, Carbon Capture and Conversion, Catalysis, Coal, Electricity and Smart Grid Technology, Energy Efficiency and Consumption, Fuel Cells, Geothermal, Hydrogen, Nuclear, Solar, and Wind. 

Selection Criteria:

  • Strength of academic achievements and previous research experiences.
  • Strength and accuracy of energy essay.
  • Strength of career objectives statement.
  • Strength of student's role in research to meet career objectives.
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    Overall strength of student's academic achievements (based on CV and academic transcripts).
  • Advisor/mentor recommendation.

Important Dates:

  • October 1-31 and February 1-28:  Applications accepted for Summer 2017.
  • December 16 and March 31:  Awards announced.
  • May 22 - July 29:  Optimal time period for summer research (10 weeks). 
  • July 26:  Approximate date for Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • August 31:  Final research report due to Barbara Villarosa at