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Graduate Automotive Technology EducationThis DOE program helps universities sponsor student fellowships and develop graduate-level curricula, with accompanying research, in five critical technology areas: fuel cells, hybrid drive trains and control systems, lightweight materials, direct-injection engines, and advanced energy storage. In 2005, DOE began held a second competition to form new, or expand, existing GATE Centers of Excellence. Award recipients receive funds to support graduate fellowships and to establish and/or upgrade and expand course study work and laboratory work to support a graduate engineering degree with a focus or certificate in a critical automotive technology area. Eight universities received awards and will focus on hybrid propulsion systems, fuel cells, advanced computation and simulation, energy storage systems, biofuels and lightweight materials

The University Coal Research Program is an annual competition run by the Office of Fossil Energy for the best university research proposals in categories that support the government's highest coal research priorities. Since the program's inception in 1979, more than 728 research projects have been funded with a combined value in excess of $132 million. These projects provide new insights into coal's future use, and have given more than 1,800 students invaluable experience in understanding the science and technology of coal.

Computational Science Graduate Fellowship program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. The program fosters a community of bright, energetic and committed Ph.D. students, alumni, DOE laboratory staff and other scientists who share a common desire to impact the nation while advancing their science. Fellowship students represent diverse scientific and engineering disciplines but the common thread is their use of mathematical and computing techniques for their research. Recipients receive payments of all tuition and required fees during the fellowship, yearly CSGF conference, 12-week research practicum at a DOE lab, a $36,000 yearly stipend, and a yearly academic allowance of $5,000 in the first year and $1,000 each renewed year.

The Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship program is designed to help exceptional graduate students earn their PhDs in areas of interest to stewardship science, such as high-energy density physics, low-energy nuclear science, or properties of materials under extreme conditions. Recipients receive payments of all tuition and required fees for up to four years of study, yearly conferences, 12-week research practicum at a DOE lab, a $36,000 yearly stipend, and a yearly academic allowance of $1,000. The research areas are 1) properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics 2) low-energy nuclear science and 3) high-energy-density physics and fluid dynamics. Each year, depending on funding levels, around 4-5 applicants are accepted. 

The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) women’s initiative was launched at the first Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM1) in July 2010 to focus on women in clean energy.  At the past Clean Energy Ministerials there have been side events such as high-level panels to highlight the important role of women in clean energy. 

Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program Clean Cities, in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Vehicle Technologies Program, offers students across the country the opportunity to work with community-based Clean Cities coalitions. In these paid internships, students can work on a variety of projects that reduce petroleum in the transportation sector, including communication on alternative fuels, fleet analysis, and stakeholder outreach. Internships with Clean Cities coalitions are available throughout the year for undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate students studying communications, public relations, business, marketing, engineering, or environmental sciences.

NREL Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Associates seeks qualified postdoctoral researchers and research associates to participate in the laboratory's research and development programs, initiate new areas of research, and establish a base for ongoing collaborations.

Defense Science University Program is an alliance between NNSA and three other universities – Washington State University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and University of Nevada Reno. A key strategy to ensure the long-term success of the NNSA mission and the Stockpile Stewardship Program in general is to maintain a high-quality workforce trained in the most up-to-date methods of modern materials science, physics, and engineering. Currently, research is supported in the areas of fundamental materials science, high-energy density physics, and low-energy nuclear science.  University partnerships help to ensure a vigorous inflow of innovative scientific ideas and technical approaches by engaging the academic community in fundamental scientific aspects of stockpile stewardship.

Funded by a DOE award, the Hydro Research Foundation's competitive Hydro Fellowship Program will award two-year fellowships for up to 26 graduate and doctoral level students to conduct relevant research in the field of hydropower-related engineering, environmental and biologic sciences, analysis, or economics.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowships will serve as the next step in the educational and professional development of leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, providing an opportunity for scientists and engineers with relevant energy technology experience to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C. This program will support the SunShot Initiative by providing support to Fellows interested in research and development of programs to achieve the goal of $1 per watt utility-level installed photovoltaics by 2020.

DOE's Office of Science has established the Graduate Fellowship Program, supporting outstanding students who are pursuing graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences.

Participants in DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) Program will actively help create the strategic direction and vision of the country's first agency devoted exclusively to transformational energy technology research and development.