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Russ Energy + Sustainability Fellowship

The Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University invites applications for the Russ Energy and Sustainability Fellowship. Established with part of the transformational 2008 estate gift of $124 million from alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife, Dolores, the program promotes, in the discipline of chemical engineering:

  • Critical doctoral research in fossil/biomass energy production
  • Sustainable process development
  • Environmental remediation.

We’re looking for candidates who demonstrate passion for research in one of these areas, is an outstanding communicator, and has demonstrated leadership abilities.

The Russ Energy and Sustainability Fellow will engage in doctoral studies with Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment and Associate Professor Jason Trembly, an expert in sustainable use of biomass, natural gas, and coal for production of fuels, chemicals, and power. In addition, the fellow will work with an advisory board from the Russ College to develop a mentoring plan; and will be given special opportunities for leadership and entrepreneurial development, industrial and governmental internships, funding for conference travel, and other focused opportunities to develop the fellow beyond the laboratory.

Application materials are due December 31, 2015. Following a review of applicants, finalists will be asked to interview with the selection committee. Initial in-person or Skype screening interviews will be completed January 18-22, 2016, with notification of the recipient(s) by February 28, 2016.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be eligible for and apply to a relevant Ph.D. program in a department (chemical and biomolecular engineering or mechanical engineering) currently supporting the noted research areas
  • There is no requirement for years of prior graduate school education or years since prior degree.


  • $35,000 stipend plus full tuition, including fees for four years, subject to adequate progress as assessed by the Fellow’s mentoring committee
  • Additional funds for conference/research/travel/supplies up to $5,000/year
  • Supplemental funding to recipients awarded other nationally competitive fellowships (see additional information)
  • Working with the Russ College advisory board to develop a mentoring program
  • Internships and entrepreneurial opportunities as part of the program.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Jason Trembly at 740.566.7046.