UT Chevron Energy Graduate Fellows Awards

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In 2023, Chevron made a generous gift to The University of Texas at Austin to establish the Chevron Energy Graduate Fellowship Endowment. Each academic year, the endowment will provide $10,000 awards to several outstanding graduate students working on energy systems research. Awardees will be selected via a competitive application process.

“As a UT Austin alum and Longhorn parent, I know that what starts at UT really does change the world,” said Eric Sirgo, Chevron’s Vice President of Facilities Engineering. “Innovation in energy systems is critical to provide reliable, affordable, and cleaner energy and has never been more critical than it is today. Chevron is proud to be able to support emerging leaders in the field with the Chevron Energy Graduate Fellows Awards.”

The annual awards are administered by the Energy Institute in collaboration with Chevron and The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School.

“UT Austin’s graduate programs in engineering, geosciences and other fields that touch on energy research continue to receive top rankings,” said Dr. Mark Smith, dean of the UT Austin Graduate School. “These awards allow us to continue building on that excellence.”

Six graduate students were selected as the inaugural cohort of Chevron Energy Graduate Fellowship Awardees for the 2023-24 academic year. See their profiles here.

The competitive award application process prioritized students whose work focuses on the following key research areas:

  • Transforming the traditional oil and gas business of today with improved safety, reliability, efficiency, digital transformation, and lower carbon footprint
  • Building the lower-carbon businesses of tomorrow, particularly in the areas of carbon utilization, H2 value chain, next-generation renewable fuels and qualification/quantification of carbon offsets.
  • Watching for the future energy systems, including novel geothermal solutions, energy storage systems, mobility systems, modular nuclear reactors, fusion, etc.

“Fostering education and research that will transform global energy systems is central to the Energy Institute’s role at UT Austin,” said Brian Korgel, director of the Energy Institute. “The Chevron Energy Graduate Fellows Awards are an investment in UT’s continued leadership in this key area.”


Chevron Fellows Awards Application Information

The 2024-2025 Chevron Energy Graduate Fellows Awards Application is now closed. Review the call for applications and timeline here.


Contact Energy Institute Director Brian Korgel