ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship Rules

Approved by the ECS Board of Directors, October 15, 2015.

Fellowship purpose/scope

The ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship was established in 2014 to support young professors and scholars in green energy technology projects.

Time period

The fellowship shall be granted every year, and be approved at the spring meeting. Fellowship begins September 1.

Recipient qualifications

To qualify, a candidate must be under 40 years of age and working in North America. The candidate must submit an original research proposal for review by the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship Committee. The proposed research theme must not overlap with other research grants or other funded research projects.

The recipient does not need to be a member of The Electrochemical Society. There shall be no restrictions or reservations regarding age, sex, race, citizenship, or place of origin or residence.

Award content

Winners will receive a restricted grant of no less than $50,000 to conduct the research outlined in their proposal within one year. Winners will also receive a one-year complimentary ECS membership as well as the opportunity to present and/or publish their research with ECS.


No overhead percentage that may or may not be charged by a particular University or other academic institution will be permissible or accepted. The selected award recipient(s) will sign a grant contract with ECS and will be required to submit a midway progress report and a final written report after one year of funding. The recipient(s) will be invited semiannually to the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) to present their research progress.

Depending on the research progress and the results obtained at the completion of the award period, Toyota may elect to enter into a research agreement with the recipient to continue the work. The recipient must publish their findings in a relevant ECS journal and/or present at an ECS meeting within 24 months of the end of the research period.

Travel assistance

Travel expenses involved in the acceptance of the award shall be assumed by the recipient.

Recipient selection


Proposals will be reviewed by the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship Committee, a joint body of ECS and Toyota Research Institute of North America representatives. The committee will evaluate all proposals based upon their alignment with Toyota’s current technical needs; the unique, innovative or unconventional nature of the technical approaches and the feasibility of the technology to positively impact the field of green energy.


Call for nominations may be sent to all members via electronic communications. Nominations shall be considered closed at the nomination deadline. The nomination deadline may be extended at the discretion of the chair of the Education Committee.


Nomination materials required include a completed nomination form. Optional materials include the candidate’s curriculum vitae, publications list, or other pertinent information that supports and strengthens the candidate’s nomination.

Nomination materials should be submitted electronically.


The deliberations of the Fellowship Subcommittee shall be carried out as considered appropriate by its Chairman. The subcommittee shall, by the affirmative votes of at least four of its members, determine whether the list of nominees includes any suitably qualified candidates for the Fellowship and from those so qualified shall, also by the affirmative votes of at least four of its members, select one candidate to be recommended to the Education Committee as the Fellowship recipient.

On approval by a majority of the Education Committee, the recommendation shall be forwarded to the subsequent meeting of the Board of Directors for approval. If the Fellowship Subcommittee has determined that no suitably qualified candidate has been nominated or if a majority of the Education Committee does not approve the recommendation of the Fellowship Subcommittee, the Board of Directors shall be so informed. If no recommendation is made by the Education Committee or the Board of Directors does not approve their recommendation, the Fellowship for the period under consideration shall not be granted.

Upon approval by the Board of Directors of the nominee submitted by the Education Committee, the President of the Society shall inform the intended recipient of this action and shall determine whether the requirements governing acceptance of the fellowship will be met. If exceptions to the requirements are desired, the President may request approval by the Executive Committee.

On agreement by the intended recipient with the requirements governing acceptance or approval of exceptions to them by the Executive Committee, the recipient of the Fellowship shall be considered determined. This shall be announced in a Society publication distributed to all members at the earliest opportunity and given appropriate publicity elsewhere.

  • Call for Nominations: Fall/Winter
  • Nominations due: January 31
  • Award approved by Education and Board of Directors: Spring Meeting
  • Announcement of Recipient: Summer
  • Start of Fellowship: September 1

For further information on any of the awards, please contact ECS by telephone at (609) 737-1902; or via e-mail: