2017 SunShot Innovators Program

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Application Deadline: June 30, 2017, 11:59 P.M. EST

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) seeks applications for the newly offered SunShot Innovators Program. This award funds recent Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate graduates to examine innovative solutions to the challenges utilities, energy service providers, and public utilities commissions face as they adapt to a system with increasing levels of solar and other distributed energy resources. Innovators selected for the program conduct hands-on, practical research and development on-site at a utility, energy service provider, or PUC host institution.

Benefits include:

  • Yearly stipend ranging from $40,000 – $70,000+ based on academic level
  • Research allowance of $10,000
  • Health insurance
  • Possible relocation travel up to $5,000


  • Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be 18 years old by May 1, 2017
  • Must have earned Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree in past 3 years