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Apply for the Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy 2018

SISE 2018 - Renew

The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week "boot camp", held August 9th through August 22nd, 2018 in Chicago for future decision makers eager to join the sustainability and energy revolution happening around the globe. Held annually since 2011, the program boasts 300 alumni. During weekdays, SISE'ers participate in high-level talks, visit energy and sustainability sites and network. During evenings and weekends, they work collaboratively on a research project and enjoy exploring Chicago. 

2018 Theme:

The SISE theme, (re)new, centers around how we can revitalize our neighborhoods, communities and ourselves. Partnering with a local community, we will engage best practices surrounding retrofitting homes and businesses, repurposing buildings and lots, sustaining meaningful and historical sites, incorporating renewable energy and battery technologies into neighborhoods and rebranding the image of the community within and without itself.


Participants (SISE'ers) from around the country join SISE at the University of Illinois at Chicago. SISE'ers are chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants from across the country. Diversity is one of the strongest features of the program, with participants representing a broad range of backgrounds and expertise. They live together. They research together. They become a part of our extended and international "SISE family."

Cost and Support:
  • There is no program fee.

  • Lodging is provided for all participants.

  • Transportation support is provided to many participants.

How to Apply:
  • Applications are accepted through June 15th, 2018

  • Senior-level undergraduates (as of the Fall of 2018), graduate students, and professionals working in the fields of sustainability and energy who are living, working, or studying in the United States are eligible to apply

  • The application process includes:
    1. An online application (located here)
    2. A resume/CV
    3. One letter of recommendation
    4. A short Skype/Google Hangouts interview

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the SISE Program Coordinator, Thomas Aláan (, and visit the SISE website at