FAQ

  • What is the main goal of the program?

    The goal of the program is to support research that is relevant to BTO’s mission and to develop researchers who are interested in working in these areas.

  • How do I apply?

    Click here to access the IBUILD application in Zintellect.

  • What do I need to include in my application?

    The application must be submitted through the online portal and will include the following: 

    • Proposed Research Plan
    • Statement of career aspirations/goals 
    • Letters of recommendation (2 required) 
    • CV or résumé
    • Transcript(s) 
    • Letter of endorsement from national laboratory or industry representative (optional)

  • How will my application be reviewed?

    Your application will be reviewed and scored by the IBUILD Fellowship Selection Committee that includes Building Technologies Office (BTO) program officers and subject matter experts. The committee will score applications using the criteria below to select finalists.  BTO will determine final awardees. 

    Research proposals will be evaluated for the following criteria: 

    • Broader impacts: the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes and the potential to advance building energy efficiency  
    • Intellectual merit: the potential to advance knowledge 
    • Scientific and technical merit: well-conceived research, demonstration of clear understanding of scientific and technical challenges involved, method and approach appropriate to project, demonstration of sufficient access to required facilities and resources, research based on sound scientific principles
    • Originality and innovation: inclusion of ideas for cutting-edge technologies or approaches 

  • When are applications due?

    December 1, 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST.

  • If I receive an offer, what is the deadline to accept?

    March 1, 2021, 5:00 p.m. EST.

  • When does the fellowship begin?

    If you receive an offer, you will work with the IBUILD program managers to confirm a fellowship appointment date prior to September 1, 2021. All IBUILD Fellows will have a start date before the IBUILD orientation.

  • How will I receive the tuition, stipend, insurance and travel benefits?

    IBUILD Fellows will receive a packet to complete from the ORISE program office to facilitate fellowship payments and reimbursements.  These documents must be submitted by the stated deadlines.

  • Where will I conduct my proposed research?

    The IBUILD Fellowship is designed to support research at the fellow’s home college or university. IBUILD Fellows may have occasional trips to the BTO office or appropriate lab, when necessary.  Fellows should contact the program managers for IBUILD-funded travel for approval.

  • Who should write the Letter of Endorsement?

    This recommendation letter should be from an industry or national laboratory representative. This option is for students who may have existing or prospective research collaborations with national laboratories or industry.  This letter could also highlight support of a research internship and briefly describe how the internship will support the applicant’s graduate research plan.

  • What is the duration of the fellowship?

    The fellowship will be awarded in 12 months increments based on an annual review of research progress and sustained alignment with designated BTO research areas.

  • What do I do if my major is not listed on the Zintellect application?

    We recommend that you select the major closest to your own, and then provide your major in your application materials. For example, Architects may select “Architectural Engineering” from the document and then indicate that their major is “Architecture” later in the submittal. Alternatively, an Architecture student could select a major under “Other Non-S&E” then “Liberal Arts/General Studies” depending on their specific degree focus.

     

  • Are internships included with the IBUILD Graduate Research Fellowship?

    No, internships are not included as a part of this fellowship; however, IBUILD Fellows are encouraged to pursue internship opportunities.  For this reason, the fellowship does provide support for internships opportunities, including networking opportunities and travel funding.

  • Is a recording available for the info session from October 7th?

    Yes! You can watch the recording here or view the slide deck here.

  • Do I need to be nominated before I can apply?

    No! A nomination is not required to apply to the IBUILD Fellowship.  Nominations are used to help ensure strong candidates apply for this new fellowship.

  • I have already begun my thesis research. Am I still eligible to apply?

    Yes, you are eligible to apply for the IBUILD Fellowship as long as you have at least one year of full-time research remaining.  We encourage you to inform your research mentor to ensure they will support this fellowship, if awarded.

  • Is there a list of approved research areas?

    No, there is not a stock list of approved research areas or topics. Please ensure that your research proposal clearly outlines the connection and relevancy to building energy efficiency.

  • What should I do if there is a change in my research plan after receiving the fellowship?

    If there is a major shift in your planned research after you have received the IBUILD Fellowship, we will need to confirm the new direction still meets eligibility criteria.  You will need to submit a justification statement describing why the project direction has changed and a description of the modified project. This submission will require acknowledgement  from your faculty/project mentor.