Propose an Internship or Research Project Exploring Energy Access in the Developing World

EAP internships.

Deadline: March 8, 2020

The Energy Access Project at Duke University (EAP) works to address the challenges of increasing access to modern energy solutions for underserved populations around the world. We take an interdisciplinary approach to developing sustainable, reliable, and modern energy for all. Established in 2017, the project aims to deepen our understanding of energy access challenges and foster constructive dialogue among the world’s policy makers, entrepreneurs, and scholars to advance solutions that close the access gap.

The EAP provides funding to students that will spend their summer conducting internships or research projects. Students should submit proposals for projects in summer 2020 related to energy access in low- and middle-income countries (LMICS), with a focus on either modern technologies or fuels for cooking, or access to reliable, affordable, safe, and sustainable electricity. EAP is particularly interested in supporting projects and work with organizations that (i) promote innovative approaches to accelerate sustainable energy transitions in LMICS; (ii) offer insights that are applicable or generalizable to wider audiences; (iii) build linkages with innovative companies and non-profits in the energy access space; and/or (iv) are related to ongoing EAP projects.

Students at Duke who are currently enrolled, and will be enrolled full-time at Duke in Fall 2021, are eligible to apply. While funding is available for a variety of experiences including internships or research projects, we will prioritize proposals that identify a sponsoring organization that the student has established contact with and secured logistical and institutional support from. We will also prioritize proposals for projects in the field (i.e., in LMICS, working with communities that directly experience energy access challenges). However, we will consider proposals for internships or projects based at Duke, or in other parts of the developed world. If you are uncertain if your position or setting would qualify, we encourage you to contact us before applying.

We will prioritize funding for travel and living expenses, and we will also consider (with lower priority) requests for payments to sponsoring organizations, funding to purchase equipment or data, or translation services. This call for proposals is not intended to provide funding for tuition for language schools, nor student stipends or salaries.

Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Proposals submitted after this time will not be considered.

Proposal Questions

  • Your contact information: Name, degree program and expected graduation year, department, faculty advisor, and email address
  • Description of the project or internship. This section should be reasonably well detailed, and should include specific responsibilities to the extent you know them. If the experience includes field work, please also indicate how long you intend to stay in the country, and where specifically you will be (in one city, traveling to communities, etc.).
  • Description of the sponsoring organization (if applicable), including location, and the nature of your conversations with the organization to date. Please note whether the organization has agreed to provide logistical and institutional support, and describe the nature of this support (e.g., an office space, teammates, logistical or language support for travel, etc.).
  • How your proposed project or internship contributes to the priorities of the EAP, as noted in this call for proposals and on the EAP website. If you believe your project or internship relates to ongoing research or research interests of Duke faculty, please identify the relevant faculty member(s) and describe how it relates to their research program(s).
  • How your proposal fits within your academic program, and within your broader learning goals and/or professional goals
  • What other funding sources you have applied or intend to apply for, including amounts you have already secured. (For undergraduates, please indicate if you have also applied to Duke Engage; if not, please explain why not.)
  • A budget for the proposed internship or experience


Questions or clarifications may be addressed to Rajah Saparapa, Policy Associate at the Nicholas Institute:

See list of available opportunities and learn more, then use this online application.

Key Duke collaborators in the Energy Access Project include the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Duke University Energy Initiative, the Sanford School of Public Policy, Bass Connections, and the Nicholas School of the Environment.