2019 Energy Innovation “Boot Camp” for Early Career Researchers in Public Policy and Management

Applications invited!

  • Application due date: February 1, 2019 
  • Boot camp dates: May 19-24, 2019
  • Boot camp location: Washington, D.C.

The clean energy innovation policy program of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is pleased to invite applicants to participate in its planned energy innovation “boot camp” for early career researchers in public policy and management. The boot camp’s main purpose is to strengthen researchers’ understanding of how leaders in government, business, and finance make policy and management decisions, so their research has greater impact on real-world outcomes in clean energy innovation.

A central feature of the boot camp will be face-to-face discussions with key players shaping the energy innovation landscape in the United States, possibly to include (among others): Peter Fox-Penner (Brattle Group, Energy Impact Partners, Boston University), Colette Honorable (Arkansas PSC, 2007-2015, FERC, 2015-2017), Dorothy Robyn (DOD, 2009-2012, GSA, 2012-2014), and Ellen Williams (BP, 2010-2014, ARPA-E, 2014-2017). These discussions will span Congress, the executive branch, venture capital, institutional finance, and a diverse set of energy industries.

Researchers with a background in any discipline and working in any institutional setting (academic, government, private etc.) who meet these three qualifications are invited to apply:

  1. Earned a Ph.D. in 2009 or later;
  2. Published research in the open literature on energy innovation policy or management; and
  3. Actively pursuing a research program in this field.

Female, African-American, and Hispanic researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. Researchers from outside the United States are welcome to apply, but must describe a research program that focuses on U.S. policy or management issues.

The boot camp will be held in Washington, D.C., from Sunday, May 19, to Friday, May 24, 2019. It will be an immersive experience. All participants must participate throughout the week. Applicants are asked not to apply unless they can make a full commitment to participate for the entire week.

Contingent on approval of a pending grant application, ITIF will cover all expenses for the boot camp, including participants’ travel, food, lodging, and local transportation.

To apply, please send the following two items to energybootcamp@itif.org:

  1. A statement of 750-1,000 words that describes your interests and qualifications; and
  2. A curriculum vitae.

In addition, each applicant must be recommended by a researcher who is familiar with the applicant’s work. The recommendation should briefly describe the applicant’s accomplishments and potential future contributions to the field of energy innovation policy and management and assess how the applicant would benefit from the boot camp. The letter should be submitted directly by the recommender to energybootcamp@itif.org.

Selection criteria will be:

  • Quality of research;
  • Potential to gain from participation; and
  • Diversity across disciplines, issues, methods, and demographic groups.

Completed applications, including the recommendation letter, must be received by midnight on February 1. Applicants will be notified of the decision on February 20.

Program Planning Committee

Chair: David Hart, Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government George Mason University; Senior Fellow, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation


  • Nathan Hultman, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland-College Park; Director, Center for Global Sustainability
  • Greg Nemet, Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ellen Williams, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Physics, University of Maryland-College Park
  • Elizabeth Wilson, Professor, Environmental Studies, Dartmouth University; Director, Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society