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RMI Transmission Fellowship

Elevate your skills and knowledge to build the clean grid of the future

Program Overview

RMI is excited to announce the launch of the RMI Transmission Fellowship — a new initiative designed to expedite learning to expand the availability of qualified, diverse, and passionate transmission professionals. We need an exceptional team to rise to the ambition and complexity of the challenge ahead — to build the grid needed to affordably and reliably support a carbon-free power sector by 2035 and achieve net-zero economy-wide emissions by 2050.

The Transmission Fellowship equips existing and budding energy professionals with the skills and knowledge to accelerate and advance transmission buildout at the pace, scale, and necessary to decarbonize the US electricity grid. This year-long fellowship places six fellows in transmission advocacy organizations and provides the training needed to succeed in the electric transmission sector.

Program Details

The Transmission Fellowship’s inaugural cohort (June 2024–May 2025) of six fellows will participate in diverse learning experiences and contribute to grid decarbonization directly. The Fellows will work with their host organizations to advance real work expanding US transmission capacity. Other activities include in-person onboarding and close-out, e-learning technical modules, facilitated discussions, and mentorship. Fellows will deep dive into technical topics including grid physics, electricity regulation and economics, electric transmission planning, utility finance, and who pays for transmission.

Applications for the 2024 cohort have closed.

Other ways to be involved

  1. Host a fellow: We are accepting host organization applications from transmission advocacy organizations. Unfortunately, for this first year government, utility, RTO/ISO, and funder hosts are out of scope. Applications close March 7th: Application link
  1. Take training: RMI is extending the technical training modules to existing, new, or otherwise interested staff at other partner transmission advocacy organizations.
  2. Be a training provider: Have a transmission topic your organization is passionate and knowledgeable about? We would love to work with you to develop a training module.
  3. Join our mentorship network: We are building a mentorship network and will match fellows to mentors after fellows are hired. Depending on mentor availability and interest, we will also match interested existing employees to a mentor.
  4. Provide input on curriculum design: RMI is codesigning the program with partners to ensure participant organizations increase their ability to advance transmission expansion and grid decarbonization.

Express interest in being a training partner, a trainee, or part of the mentorship network, or provide curriculum input. We are actively contracting with training partners:

Partner and curriculum survey

For more information about being a training partner, training existing staff, or being part of the mentorship network contact: Transmissionfellowship@rmi.org

Unfortunately, due to a large interest, inquiries from prospective fellow candidates cannot be fielded at this time.

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