August 18, 2021

Purdue’s State Utility Forecasting Group co-funding research grant for graduate research assistantships

The State Utility Forecasting Group (SUFG) at Purdue is inviting proposals for its graduate research assistantships. The assistantships will support graduate students performing research in areas involving the utility sector, with a focal interest in electricity. Students at both the master’s and doctoral level from all disciplines are encouraged to apply, regardless of residency status in the United States.

The research grant is sponsored in conjunction with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). Funding is expected to be at typical levels for the appropriate degree program and will be made available through the completion of the degree as long as satisfactory progress is maintained. Support is available in the summer as well as through the academic year. Up to three proposals will be selected.

Interested applicants will be required to submit a short description of their proposed research, including a problem statement, the expected research approach, and why this work will be of value to IURC. All candidates must provide the name and email address of a Purdue faculty member who is willing to serve as thesis advisor for the research. Proposals are not to exceed two pages and will be evaluated by staff from IURC and SUFG.

Prospective applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at Purdue's West Lafayette campus. Interested participants should submit their applications to with subject “Application for Research Assistantship” by Aug. 31. Awardees will be announced by Sept. 15. Questions or concerns regarding the grant or the application process should be directed to

IURC is an administrative agency that makes decisions on cases brought before it, based on the public interest, to ensure that utilities provide safe and reliable service at just and reasonable rates. It is neither an advocate of the public or the utilities, and it serves as a resource to the legislature, executive branch, state agencies, and the public by providing information regarding Indiana’s utilities and the regulatory process.

SUFG has been assisting the State of Indiana for over 35 years through its forecasts of electricity consumption, prices, and resource requirements. SUFG also performs economic and policy impact analyses of a number of issues facing the energy industries. Due to the need for independence and impartiality, SUFG does not advocate or make policy recommendations.

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