Fellowship: Frequently Asked Questions

1. I’m interested in becoming an Engineering for Change (E4C) Fellow. How do I apply?

You can fill out this Google form to express your interest in this opportunity and receive information on how to apply. Once you fill out the interest form you will receive the program overview with all the information regarding timeline, tasks, time commitment, stipend range and how to apply. In preparation for receiving the information on how to apply, find below some requirements for this application:

  • CV: upload your resume or CV. 
  • References: 2 – 3 references. You must be recommended by a representative of the University in which you are currently enrolled (ex. Program Manager, Lab Head, PI, etc.) and/or current Managers at the companies of current or past employment. References will be asked to fill out a reference form about your skills and performance. Letters of recommendation are optional but recommended. 
  • 1-2 page letter of interest. 
  • ~ 200 words writing sample in English. This can be an extract from a paper you have written in the past or a quick paragraph about your previous experience in the EGD field.  
  • Select your preferred E4C’s target sector among the following: Energy, Health, Water, Agriculture, Habitat, Sanitation, Transport and ICT and be ready to describe why (past experience, career goals, etc).

*All requirements must be submitted in English.

2. What is the timeline for the application process?

Applications usually open yearly between December and end of February. You can fill out the interest form (same as above) to express your interest and be notified when applications open including how to apply.  Applicants usually receive the results by the end of April.

3. What is the timeline of the program if I get selected?

Each year, the E4C fellowship usually starts in May and ends in September.

4. Who can apply to be a Fellow?

The E4C Fellowship is designed for early career engineers and architects who are interested in working at the intersection of engineering/technology and international sustainable development (to learn more about this term and the different terms used for this intersection of engineering and social impact visit our State of EGD reports – North America, Australia and New Zealand, Latin America, and Asia). Individuals trained in the sciences and other technical fields are also eligible. This program is designed for early career engineers (undergrads, grad student, PhD, and working engineers with no more than 5 years work experience in this space) to advance their careers in this path of engineering for global development. Please refer to our fellowship page to check out the profiles of our past Fellows.
One requirement that is not mandatory but encouraged is the field experience with implementation of technology for development via academic programs, social entrepreneurship, or significant volunteering (e.g., EWB), project work, etc., or with a focus, specialization and/or interest in global development. Applicants do not need to currently be affiliated to a university. To be eligible, candidates must be proficient in English (reading, writing and speaking) given that the program is in English and this usually becomes the most common language between Fellows, Staff members and partners. Furthermore, candidates must show the ability to do research, work with diverse international teams, be resourceful, meet deadlines and work remotely. To find out more information on the requirements to apply, please fill out the interest form.

5. Do I have to have a Research proposal to get selected for the fellowship?

No. To apply to the program, candidates do not need to come up with the research project proposal. These are determined by E4C and its partners-sponsors. E4C Fellows are matched with Research Collaborations aligned to their field of interest and expertise, informed by cross-sector partners. To have an idea of types of Research projects E4C fellows carry out during this program please visit the E4C’s Research page. Candidates will know about available research collaboration for that year, during the interview process or once selected. Fellows are selected depending on the needs of the Research Collaborations.

6. What is the selection criteria?

Fellows are selected based on their academic performance, professional and Engineering for Global Development (EGD) experience, sector of specialization, references and geographical location.
E4C recruits Fellows aligned to E4C’s target sectors (Energy, Health, Water, Agriculture, Habitat, Sanitation, Transport and ICT) and geographic regions of focus which are advised by the research collaborations in the pipeline that year. The research collaborations are informed by the research needs or current projects of E4C´s cross-sector partners and sponsors which include nonprofits, multilaterals, universities, and the private sector.
Fellows will be selected depending on their sector of preference/expertise. This is to say that they will compete with candidates from around the world who are interested in the same sector; for example, all Fellow candidates who are interested in energy will compete with other candidates for the energy sector Fellowship.

7. How many E4C Fellowships are awarded annually?

The numbers usually vary from year to year and range from 10 to 50 Fellowships each year. E4C will award up to fifty (50) Research Fellowships in 2021. There will be at least one fellow per each of E4C’s target sectors (Energy, Health, Water, Agriculture, Habitat, Sanitation, Transport and ICT).

8. Are Fellows compensated?

Fellows receive a stipend ranging from 1,500 to 5,000 USD for the duration of the fellowship. The amount awarded varies annually depending on E4C’s partners and sponsors, number of fellows selected and region and expertise of the applicants. The stipend payment is bound to performance and will be processed after completing defined goals/targets. Expenses associated with the research process will also be compensated. For International Fellows (outside the US & Canada), Internet connection support might be provided (Mobile data, Fixed Internet, etc.) based on the need and defined during the selection process of the Fellowship.

9. How many hours per week or month do Fellows work?

This is a part-time commitment. Fellows will need to have 20-25 hours per week available from the beginning of May to the end of September.

10. I don’t live in New York City where E4C is based. Can I still become a Fellow?

The Fellows may be based in their location of residence so long as they have good Internet connectivity throughout the five months of the Fellowship. This Fellowship is 100% virtual to provide a unique opportunity for students to continue their training in this field of engineering and social impact despite the current and future travel restrictions.

11. What do Fellows do?

The Engineering for Change (E4C) Fellowship is an experience for early-career engineers and practitioners passionate about applying technical knowledge to the challenges outlined by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During the E4C Fellowship, fellows participate in the following key programs and activities: Solutions Library program, Research Collaborations, Editorials & Field Insights, Learning Modules, and additional E4C experiential opportunities.

Fellows perform targeted research of technologies in one of E4C’s target sectors of interest(Energy, Health, Water, Agriculture, Habitat, Sanitation, Transport and ICT) and curate data for E4C’s Solutions Library, which is a codified database of over 1000 technology-based solutions.

They participate in a Research Collaboration, where they conduct targeted research in cooperation with E4C partner organizations to deliver digestible reports that provide insights and recommendations to a broad, global audience. Papers produced from the collaborations are published on E4C’s Research page.

Fellows also have the opportunity to write articles based on their field experience as editorials or field insights for E4C’s media page. Expert-curated Learning Modules are provided to expand fellows´knowledge and provide them with a set of skills to engage appropriately within the sector. Finally, as additional E4C experiential optional opportunities, fellows can choose to be involved in E4C sponsored activities and events such as ASME Ishow and Impact Engineered.

For More Information

If you have additional questions please contact: fellows@engineeringforchange.org.

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