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Apply for a PhD degree in Wind Energy Science, Engineering & Policy (WESEP)

$30k/yr stipends (plus tuition waiver) available for US citizens and permanent residents.

Applications for Fall semester 2014 should be received by March 31, 2014 to guarantee consideration. To apply, go to or e-mail

What it is
This program is an Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT), sponsored by the US National Science Foundation, to train PhD students in WESEP at Iowa State University. Expected time to degree is 4 years beyond Bachelors.

The Vision
To strengthen the nation’s wind energy resources by producing graduates who are technical experts, responsible communicators, and ethical decision makers to lead the U.S. transformation to a high wind energy portfolio. Excellent placement opportunities following graduation exist in industry, academia, and government labs.

All students will participate in the following:

  • State-of-art research in at least two of the following thrust areas: wind resource characterization and aerodynamics; wind energy conversion system and grid operations; manufacturing, construction, and supply chain; reliability and health monitoring; wind economics, policy, and public perception
  • Three interdisciplinary WESEP graduate courses, 7 “core” courses (4 in primary area and 3 in secondary area), and a 1-credit real-time research collaborative every semester
  • 3-6 month industry internship with one of our industry partners
  • 3 month international experience in Denmark, Spain, Ireland, China, or Germany
  • Exposure to campus wind energy research facilities including: wind energy manufacturing lab, wind simulation & testing lab, mesoscale and regional climate models, Iowa environmental Mesonet archives, alternate energy grid infrastructure and systems lab, and ISU Center for Nondestructive Evaluation.


Applicants should have a calculus-based undergraduate or masters–level training, e.g., mathematics, engineering, economics, statistics, atmospheric sciences, or related fields.