Solar Power Fellowships

GRID Alternatives and WRISE are partnering again for a Rising Solar fellowship program to give aspiring solar professionals from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to pursue a career in renewable energy. The program, part of GRID and WRISE’s workforce diversity initiatives, is aimed at anyone identifying as a woman or marginalized gender training for careers in installation and design as well as college and graduate students studying renewable energy and related fields.

How to Apply

You will need to have the materials listed below ready in PDF document form to upload into the application.

Application materials must include:

  • Current resume or professional vitae;
  • Academic transcript (official or unofficial);
  • At least one Letter of Recommendation,
  • Essay (750-1750 words) – see prompts below



  • The Solar Power Fellowship is available to anyone 18 or older, identifying as a woman or marginalized gender, who is currently enrolled as a student or is a recent graduate of a college, university, or technical certificate program (including graduate degree programs as well as installer training programs) and is not yet in the industry.
  • Must be located in the United States at the time of the fellowship.
  • Fellowship applicants may be interested in any sector of renewable energy, including academic, manufacturing, technical, consulting, engineering, finance, and others
  • Applicants must be planning to pursue a renewable energy career in the United States and will benefit most if interested in the solar industry specifically.
  • Current GRID Alternatives SolarCorps Fellows are not eligible for this fellowship.