IBUILD Graduate Research Fellowship

The Innovation in Buildings (IBUILD) Graduate Research Fellowship supports innovative graduate research that aligns with the mission of the US Department of Energy Building Technologies Office (BTO).  The US Department of Energy Building Technologies Office (BTO) provides resources and strategies to significantly reduce building energy use and intensity.  BTO’s funded research has contributed to significant improvement in building energy efficiency including new technologies in solid-state lighting, energy-saving windows, heat pump water heaters, and high-efficiency furnaces and air conditioners.

The fellowship seeks to strengthen the pool of well-trained, diverse MS and PhD scholars who are equipped for research-intensive building technologies careers across all sectors. IBUILD Fellows will receive research and educational support to conduct innovative research at their home institution in an area with demonstrated relevance to building energy efficiency.  In addition to funding high quality research, the fellowship will provide professional development, mentoring, networking, and support for internship opportunities.  This fellowship program is managed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


The IBUILD Graduate Research Fellowship program invites applications from students who are enrolled or intend to enroll in a research-focused master’s or PhD program.

  • Must be a US citizen or permanent US resident
  • Must intend to enroll or be enrolled full-time in a research-focused master’s or PhD program
  • Must conduct STEM research in an area with demonstrated relevance to building energy efficiency.
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.00 or higher on 4.00 scale


IBUILD Fellows will receive a stipend of $35,000, an allowance to offset the costs of health insurance up to $16,000, research travel and materials up to $12,000, and limited tuition allowance up to $25,000. The Fellowship will be awarded in 12 months increments based on an annual review of research progress and sustained alignment with designated BTO research areas.

IBUILD Fellows must:

  • Attend IBUILD orientation
  • Participate in IBUILD professional development programs
  • Present poster at IBUILD symposium
  • Submit written research report


Students should complete the application form, available on the IBUILD Fellowship site.


December 1, 2020


Class Year

  • Senior
  • Graduate
  • Doctorate


  • STEM


  • English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Research


  • North America

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