Mtech is home to the prestigious Warren Citrin Graduate Fellowships program, which support entrepreneurial engineering students who have a desire to pursue research in the broad area of global sustainability.

Citrin Fellows demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset and ability and interest in starting a technology company that has social impact. Sustainability encompasses technologies that contribute to maintaining/achieving sustainable infrastructure, environment and health, including but not limited to: clean energy sources, energy efficiency, pollution reduction, water resources, carbon reduction, energy and waste measurement systems, medical devices, etc.

Students are admitted into their departmental graduate programs and work with their research advisors while also receiving special training in entrepreneurship and venture creation through the Citrin Fellows Program.

Citrin Fellowships offer the following:

  • Full-time fellowships for four years

  • A stipend of $32,000 (step 1) to $34,000 (step 3). Total stipend is a combination of fellowship supplement and departmental TA/GRA. Assistantships require 20 hours of work during the semester and 40 hours weekly during summers. After the first year, Citrin Fellows are expected to have a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA). During year one, Fellows may hold a Teaching Assistantship (TA). 

  • Full tuition and health benefits

  • Regular weekly mentoring by a VentureAccelerator business expert and
    resources provided by the VentureAccelerator Program

  • Free TERP Startup Lab space with the other Citrin Fellows

  • Special opportunities to build a community of student entrepreneurs and connect with successful entrepreneurs, including the Citrin Fellows program benefactor, Warren Citrin


  • Graduate school admission and admission into an engineering department graduate program

  • An entrepreneurial mindset and demonstrated skills that show a promise for creating a viable venture in the field of sustainability

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident

Applications will be accepted for graduate programs in the A. James Clark School of Engineering for:

  • Students with a bachelor's degree seeking either a master's degree (with thesis) or a Ph.D. degree

  • Students with a master's degree seeking a Ph.D. degree

These fellowships are supported by a generous gift by Warren Citrin, co-founder of Solipsys Corporation and winner of Ernst and Young Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2003.

Fellows will be automatically admitted into the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute’s VentureAccelerator Program to advance their entrepreneurial endeavors while pursuing their graduate degrees. 

VentureAccelerator provides a team of experienced startup and venture capital veterans to mentor and methodically work with Fellows on all aspects of launching and building a company, including:

  • Conducting market research
  • Defining a product development roadmap
  • Developing a fundable business plan
  • Identifying and attracting customers
  • Obtaining initial funding
  • Recruiting a management team

More details about the VentureAccelerator program can be found at

Research associated with global sustainability is carried out by many faculty across the school of engineering. Prospective applicants can obtain specific information by visiting the websites of the institutes and centers on the Clark School website, at: Information about full-time engineering graduate programs is available at:

Please direct questions to Edmund Pendleton at

Application to an academic graduate program is accomplished via the University of Maryland Graduate School website, at:




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