Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Slatt Application Process

Applications for 2017 Slatt Fellowships will be accepted February 1-28, 2017.

ND Students - click here to apply for a 2017 Slatt Fellowship!
ND Faculty - click here to complete the supporting application!

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The Undergraduate Sustainability Research Expo is hosted annually by ND Energy, the Environmental Change Initiative, GLOBES of the Reilly Center, and the Minor in Sustainability. This event is oftentimes the initial step for students who are interested in conducting research on energy, the environment, and other sustainability topics at Notre Dame. The Expo provides an opportunity for students to learn about current research programs and to match their research interests with faculty who have openings within their laboratories. During the Research Expo, undergraduate students seek clarification from researchers about their research programs and may choose to complete an application indicating their research preferences. Students are then invited to connect with research groups that interest them. The Research Expo also provides a way for undergraduate students to select an energy-related research project in preparation of the Slatt Fellowship application process, should they wish to apply. All undergraduate students are welcome to attend the Research Expo. Previous research experience is not necessary. In fact, more than half of the undergraduate students attending are typically new to energy-related research. 

The Undergraduate Sustainability Research and Education Expo will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Ballroom of the LaFortune Student Center. This event provides undergraduate students with current information about research and education opportunities in energy and other topics in sustainability.  To learn more about the expo, click here. 

Slatt Undergraduate Research Fellowships

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Since 2006, Slatt Fellowships have been made possible through the generosity of Christopher (ND ’80) and Jeanine Slatt in honor of Vincent P. Slatt, Notre Dame Class of 1943. The Vincent P. Slatt Fellowships for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes are awarded annually to undergraduate students at the University of Notre Dame to conduct research in energy systems and processes. Administered by the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy), these competitive awards are granted to students who have research interests in energy technologies and America’s energy future. Energy technologies can range from a means to improve 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. 

Students who wish to be considered for a Slatt Fellowship must submit an online application in collaboration with their faculty advisor. Faculty advisors will submit a separate online application in support of their student applicant. The role of the faculty advisor is to help the student articulate the goals of the research project and to guide and direct the student in pursuit of solving major energy issues through research and analytical study.

Each fellowship award will be up to $5,000, depending on the needs of the research project. Funds may be used to support the student's stipend, materials and supplies, and travel for the student to present his/her research findings at a conference or national meeting. The fellowship award must be used within the project period indicated in the application.

Slatt scholars will be required to submit a final report at the conclusion of their research projects and also will be expected to present their research findings at the Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), which is held at the end of the summer and spring, or during another professional meeting or national conference held anytime throughout the year. 


  • Strength of scope of work and project objectives.
  • Strength of student's role in the project.
  • Strength of student's career objectives.
  • Strength of the project's relevance to ND Energy.
  • Strength of previous funding received from ND Energy.
  • Strength of external funding affiliated with ND Energy.
  • Strength of faculty adviser's recommendation.
  • Overall strength of student's academic achievements (based on CV and academic transcripts).


  • January - Undergraduate Energy Research Expo held.
  • February 1-28 - applications accepted.
  • March 15 - Slatt awards announced.
  • May 1 - funding available.
  • July/August and April/May - Undergraduate Research Symposium held.
  • August 31 and April 30 - final research report due to Barbara Villarosa at

Student applications and supporting documentation from faculty advisors must be submitted online at the links below.  

Notre Dame Student Application

Student applications includes:

  • Student contact information.
  • Project title.
  • Project description, including major research objectives and a list of primary tasks associated with each objective (1-2 paragraphs).
  • Brief statement describing the student's career objectives and how the student's role in this research project will help him/her achieve their career goals (1-2 paragraphs).
  • Copy of current CV.
  • Copy of unofficial transcripts.

Faculty Supporting Application 

Faculty supporting application includes:

  • Faculty contact information.
  • Student name and project title.
  • Relevance of project to the ND Energy mission.
  • Project period of student's research project. (Summer months are best, yet projects may begin or continue into the fall and spring semesters and must be completed by May 1.) 
  • Fellowship amount, based on project period and needs. (Amount cannot exceed $5,000 and may be used for student's stipend, materials, and travel. Please use the student earnings ceiling from the Office of Financial Aid to determine the appropriate stipend.)
  • Letter of recommendation, including the importance of this research project to the energy landscape at Notre Dame and the strengths the student will bring to the project.

Non-Notre Dame Students

If you are a non-Notre Dame student applying for a Slatt Fellowship, please refer to the Program Guidelines for Non-Notre Dame Students and use the following link to submit your application.

Non-Notre Dame Student Application (This application process is now closed for 2016.)