Consortium Benefits

Building Knowledge, Broadening Perspectives

Harvard has built a broad academic community investigating the areas of energy and environmental research and policy, and the Consortium provides a unique, structured opportunity for students to engage with that community campus-wide. As participants, students interact closely with faculty and other students from a wide range of disciplines (e.g., natural sciences, engineering, design, public health, economics, public policy, business) to exchange knowledge, experiences, and ideas. Upon completion of the program, students are empowered with a much broader understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with global energy issues, and better prepared to take a leadership role in addressing them.


Doctoral students accepted into the Consortium are eligible to apply for graduate fellowship support provided by the Harvard University Center for the Environment. These funds are intended to relieve the obligations of faculty advisors or home departments to support students as they divide their time between their research and the Consortium requirements. Fellowship awards are made available during each of the semesters in which students are actively enrolled in one or more of the required Consortium courses. As a condition of receiving fellowship support, students must be willing and able to serve as a teaching fellow during their time in the Consortium for an undergraduate course related to energy, if and when the need arises. Students will not be expected to serve as a teaching fellow more than once, and they will be compensated for their time spent teaching by the department sponsoring the particular course. Applicants who can serve as teaching fellows will be given admission priority. Students interested in competing for the fellowship awards should provide a list of current and anticipated sources of support for their doctoral research as indicated in the application materials.

Conference Funds

Doctoral students are eligible to receive up to $1,000 for expenses related to attending conferences, workshops, or other appropriate professional activities during their time in the program. It is expected that these activities will be closely aligned with the goals of the Consortium, and students are particularly encouraged to consider participating in activities that advance their professional development in areas of energy and environment that are non-traditional to their immediate discipline. All requests for funds must be submitted while a student is actively enrolled in the Consortium.

Master's students are not eligible for fellowship support of conference funds. 

More information about the specific policies associated with the Consortium can be found here.