Skip to Main Content

The University of Tennessee
Energy Science and Engineering PhD Program

Frequently Used Tools:

Climate Sensitivity and Abrupt Climate Change
Simulations show deglaciation during Earth's most recent period of natural global warming.

Energy Science and Engineering

Program Information

The Energy Science and Engineering graduate program is managed by the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (CIRE). This graduate program is possible because of collaboration between a major research university, UTK, and the largest federally funded science and energy laboratory, ORNL. Graduate students in this program will be based at both UTK and ORNL.

Candidates may pursue research in many areas of energy-related science and engineering including:
• Bioenergy and biofuels
• Environmental and climate science
• Nuclear energy
• Distributed energy and grid management
• Energy conversion and storage
• Renewable energy

The Energy Science and Engineering Fellowship offers an annual stipend of $28,000, a tuition waiver, and health insurance for PhD candidates pursuing research in one of the preceding areas of focus.

The CIRE program welcomes applicants that choose to pursue energy-focused graduate studies through other academic departments. Students would still be part of the Energy Science and Engineering program and work on dissertation research with one of the CIRE faculty, but could choose to work towards a conventional PhD in one of the participating science or engineering departments and take a concentration in ESE. These students would complete ESE 511and 512 (Introduction to Energy Science and Technology (3 + 3 credits)), at least 3 hours from the Knowledge Breadth Curriculum, and 3 credit hours of topical seminars in the focus area of CIRE. All seven departments in the College of Engineering are establishing an ESE concentration as part of their doctoral program, as are the science departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


ORNL and UTK logos

Contact Information

Lee Riedinger
Professor of Physics
Director of Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education

Wanda Davis
Assistant to the Director

322 Perkins Hall
1506 Middle Drive
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN 37996