Fellowship: Frequently Asked Questions

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

Please visit our Apply Webpage to learn more about the Impact Projects being offered for the 2022 Summer Cohort Fellowship. There you can fill out this Application Form (Round 1) to submit your application indicating your top three Impact Project choices. Applicants selected to advance to Round 2 of the application process will be notified via email, and applicants will submit additional materials such as references or writing samples. Applicants selected to advance to the Interview Round will be notified via email, and an online interview will be scheduled with the E4C Program Management team. Final selection and onboarding will occur between March and April of 2022. Please see summary below:

Round 1 (Deadline to Apply: January 31st, 2022)

  • Fill out the Application Form
  • Indicate your top three Impact Projects (can be any three of the projects listed on the website)
  • Submit your CV or resume
  • Submit 1-2 page letter of interest

Round 2

  • 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.
  • ~ 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.
  • As applicable, evidence of software proficiency (e.g., portfolio, projects, models, simulations, certifications, etc.,)
  • As applicable, evidence of research proficiency (e.g., papers, projects, reports, etc.,)

Interview Round

  • Interview with E4C PM team

Final Selection and Onboarding (by the end of April 2022)

*All requirements must be submitted in English.

2. What is the timeline for the application process?

Applications usually open yearly between December and the end of January. Applications are currently open for the Summer 2022 Fellowship Cohort. Round 1, Round 2, Interview Round, and Final Selection and Onboarding will occur between January and April of 2022. Applicants usually receive notification of Fellowship selection by the end of April.

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

Each year, the E4C Summer Fellowship starts in May and ends in September.

4. Who can apply to be a Fellow?

The E4C Fellowship is designed for early-career engineers, architects, and other technical professionals who are interested in working at the intersection of engineering/technology, sustainability, social impact, and global 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). This program is designed for early-career engineers or technical professionals (undergrads, graduate 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 some of our past Fellows.

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 is encouraged, but not required. Applicants do not need to currently be affiliated with a university. To be eligible, candidates must be proficient in English (reading, writing, and speaking) given that the program is in English. Furthermore, candidates must be able to demonstrate their ability to do research or design, work with diverse international teams, be resourceful, meet deadlines, and work remotely. To find out more information on the requirements to apply, please refer to our Application Brochure.

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 specific Impact Projects aligned to their field of interest and expertise, informed by cross-sector partners. Descriptions of the Impact Projects available for the 2022 Summer Cohort are available at our Application Webpage. To learn more about projects E4C Fellows have carried out in past Fellowships, please visit the E4C’s Research page.

6. What is the selection criteria?

Fellows are selected based on their academic performance; professional, Engineering for Global Development (EGD), social impact, and/or sustainability experience; sector of specialization; references; geographical location; and alignment with specific Impact Project Fellow requirements.

7. How many E4C Fellowships are awarded annually?

The number of Fellows may vary from year to year and historically has ranged from 10 to 50 Fellowships each year. E4C will award up to fifty (50) Research Fellowships for the Summer Cohort in 2022.

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. 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 Fellowship selection process.

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 a workforce development program at the intersection of technology and social impact, serving to activate and empower early-career engineers and technical professionals worldwide to solve local and global challenges. Providing a unique platform to develop soft skills and connect with mentors and peers from all continents, the E4C Fellowship offers leadership development opportunities preparing the next generation of technical professionals to reach their fullest potential and advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Since 2014, E4C has awarded 145 Fellowships to exceptional early-career engineers, architects, and scientists from nearly 40 countries across all inhabited continents, supporting more than 70 projects and organizations worldwide, offering them first-hand experience in addressing global challenges.

Sponsored by mission-aligned organizations, E4C Fellows expand their understanding of the sector through participation in E4C’s Impact Projects, performing research or design work for social impact (please visit our Research page to learn more about past projects Fellows have worked on). Targeted Learning Modules deepen their knowledge in the space, while networking online opportunities with experts and rising engineers allow them to gain exposure to a global audience through the E4C community and E4C’s Alumni Network, gaining ample professional development opportunities to advance their career path.  Fellows will have the opportunity to contribute to the E4C Solutions Library, write and publish an editorial for the E4C website, as well as engage in other E4C sponsored activities and events such as Impact.Engineered, and support ASME’s Innovation Showcase (ISHOW).

This Fellowship is a part-time and remote commitment that lasts five months, with Summer (May to September) and Winter (November-March) cohorts. Fellows get paid a stipend and are expected to work 20-25 hours per week with flexible schedules.

12. How do I change my project preference?

If you applied for the Summer cohort, you should have received an email with your current preferences as a confirmation of your application being received. Soon you will receive an email with a form where you can update your preferences if you wish to.

12. I’m interested in the Winter cohort. How do I proceed?

In 2021 we had our inaugural E4C Winter cohort running from November to March. We are hoping to support another Winter cohort for 2022. If you are interested in the Winter cohort, please fill out the application for the Summer cohort and let us know in the survey that you are interested in this opportunity. Once projects are defined for the Winter cohort, if you indicated your interest, you will be considered for the Fellowship. An additional interest form will be opened soon where you can indicate your interest in participating in the Winter cohort for those who did not apply for the Summer cohort. Please check back soon!

For More Information

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

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