Hydro Research Foundation accepting applications to Hydro Research Awards Program

The Hydro Research Foundation is again accepting applications for its Hydro Research Awards Program, designed to stimulate new student research and academic interest in conventional or pumped-storage hydropower.

HRF said each award will include:

*A living stipend of up to $18,000;

* A tuition, fees and university-provided health insurance allowance of up to $10,000;

* Travel costs to attend the Annual Hydro Fellows Roundtable each year the student is in the program;

* A $2,000 award into a university’s discretionary account for the student’s academic advisor for the research (the advisor may also have the opportunity to attend HydroVision International, held in July in Portland, Ore.).

In addition, each student may have the opportunity to participate in an internship with an industry partner, and each student will have an industry mentor and an HRF mentor. HRF will assist the student in finding employment in the hydropower community.

Nominations for the award are being accepted now through March 16, 2015, with the recipients being announced April 15.

Information, research priorities and application materials are available online.

“The purpose of the program is to conduct focused research related to conventional and pumped-storage hydropower, and to attract student researchers to careers in hydropower,” HRF said.

HRF anticipates making one-year awards to 10 to 15 students. Appointments will begin in June 2015.

The awards are made possible by a grant from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program of the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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