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The Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education unites extensive and complementary resources at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research related to energy.

Seeking to create opportunities for exceptional students to engage in interdisciplinary research and education, the Bredesen Center offers doctoral fellowships to candidates pursuing studies in energy science and engineering.

The Energy Science and Engineering (ESE) Ph.D. program enables graduate students to engage in interdisciplinary coursework and research with a focus on science and engineering challenges related to the production, distribution, and consumption of energy, while cultivating the skills in policymaking, entrepreneurship, and outreach. Doctoral students in the ESE Ph.D. program join research teams at both ORNL and UT, encouraging them to develop collaborative solutions while engaging in problem-oriented research.

Topical areas of the ESE Ph.D. program have been chosen to resonate with Department of Energy priorities and industry needs, integrating graduate coursework from multiple disciplines, while providing deep expertise in a chosen specialty.



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