Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy 2020

10th Annual Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy

In partnership with American Energy Society, Argonne National Laboratory; Clean Energy Trust; Institute for Sustainability & Energy at Northwestern (Northwestern University); Loyola University; UI LABS; University of Chicago; Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (Illinois Institute of Technology)

SISE is a two-week “boot camp” for future decision makers eager to join the sustainability and energy revolution happening around the globe. Held annually since 2011, the program boasts over 450 alumni. Participants come from around the world and are chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. Diversity is one of the strongest features of the program, with participants representing a broad range of backgrounds and expertise. During weekdays, SISE Fellows participate in high-level talks, visit energy and sustainability sites, and network. During evenings and weekends, they work collaboratively on a research project and enjoy exploring Chicago. They live together. They research together. They become a part of our extended and international “SISE family.”

This year’s theme, Resiliency: Climate Change and the Power of Data + Response, considers what it takes to be resilient in the face of climate change. It explores this generation’s greatest questions, the nature of resiliency and sustainability, and future opportunities through the research of local experts. SISE Fellows will engage with a new energy mapping initiative being develop by the American Energy Society and identify best-practices for activists and advocates committed to achieving climate justice by offsetting climate catastrophe.

Required for Consideration: one year of collegiate education completed (sophomore-level status by fall of 2020)

Preferred Background: graduate students and senior-level undergrads in STEM fields, business, political science, data science, and related fields; students in the humanities or anyone unenrolled but with related expertise and/or experience are also encouraged to apply.
(But anyone that really wants to come should apply!)

The process involves an online application, submission of a resume/cv and letter of recommendation, and a 30-minute interview.

Funding and Cost
There is no program fee for SISE Fellows. Lodging is provided in Chicago to all attendees. Partial transportation assistance is available to most Fellows.

Application Deadline
Applications are due May 30, and all interviews must be conducted by June 9. Admissions is granted on a semi-rolling basis. Final decisions are handed out on June 10. To find out more, and to apply, visit

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