THO 2019 Research Program in Turkey
Energy in Turkey: Technologies, Markets, Policies and U.S. Bilateral Relations
Turkey is presently one of the most dynamic countries to watch on the energy scene. Though historically known for its geostrategic role as an energy transit country, Turkey commenced its own oil and gas exploration in the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea in 2018. Continued reforms in the domestic electricity market, incentives for renewable and distributed electricity generation, and promotion of the green energy technology industry have attracted billions in foreign investment in the energy sector. Ambitious policies for energy efficiency improvements and sustainable urban transport are the result of Turkey’s international and domestic commitments to sustainability. As Turkey continues to diversify its portfolio of renewable and conventional energy resources, energy plays a key role in bilateral relations and private sector ties between the United States and Turkey.
The THO Research Program in Turkey is a competitive, annual, all-expenses-paid research trip in Turkey for young researchers between the ages of 21-35. In 2019, THO’s Research Program offers selected outstanding university students, recent graduates, and experts an in-depth look at Turkey’s energy policies, markets and technologies in light of U.S. –Turkish relations.
Program participants will attend meetings, excursions, and fieldwork on the theme of Turkey’s energy policy, markets and technologies. The topics covered will illustrate the interconnected relationship between electricity markets and renewable energy investments, energy efficiency and sustainability, urban energy use, and energy and climate policies. At the end of the program, students will have a comprehensive understanding of Turkey’s broader energy scene and the areas of common interest between Turkey and the U.S. on energy issues.
During the program, participants are required to conduct a modest research project on a subject of their choosing in relation to the program theme. One outstanding researcher will be awarded a small grant to carry out a more in-depth collaborative research project with peers in Turkey.
Upon return to the U.S., participants will complete their projects by November 30th, 2019. These projects will be published on THO’s website and promoted through THO’s networks. THO will also organize public events in D.C. or elsewhere in the U.S. to highlight the projects and/or the experiences of the participants.
Please note: This program is not an officially accredited course. Participants must individually appeal to their university to earn credit. THO will provide any necessary paperwork.
THO is committed to providing access to the program for all qualified individuals who wish to apply. We welcome qualified applicants with disabilities regardless of whether said applicants need accommodation to complete this application or participate in this program.
Program Dates: September 27-October 9th , 2019
Orientation – Two days in D.C., during which participants will be briefed by experts and practitioners from local organizations and agencies on subjects related to renewable energy and energy usage in Turkey.
Meetings – Sit-down discussions with NGOs/INGOs, government agencies, private sector actors, and universities in Turkey working on energy resources.
Site Visits – Visits may include relevant companies and ministries relating to energy markets and policies, renewable energy installations, and manufacturers of green technologies.
Cultural Activities – While the bulk of the program will be dedicated to research-focused activities, weekend cultural excursions and activities will be planned.
Debriefing – Two days in D.C. following the portion of the program in Turkey, aimed at program evaluation, wrapping up research, meetings, and workshops.
Select Participating Organizations and Agencies
Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey
U.S. Department of Energy
World Council of Energy
A full list of participating organizations and agencies will be provided to participants at a later date.
Applicants must either be a current university student (undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, or doctoral) or a recent graduate (within one year) between the ages of 21-35.
Applicants must also be American citizens and possess a valid passport by September 1st, 2019.
Applicants must be in good standing with their institution and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
-At least one professional and/or academic written recommendation
-Please have your university or alma mater send your current or final university transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org OR to the following physical address:
Turkish Heritage Organization
1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C, 20036
All application materials must be submitted to email@example.com by 11:59 PM on August 2nd, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Finalists will be chosen for an interview with THO staff. The THO program leader will contact you directly if you are selected for an interview. Please note that not all applicants will be selected for an interview, and selection does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
If you have any questions, please contact THO Partnership Manager via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.