Graduate & Postdoctoral Opportunities

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and various other organizations and institutions offer fellowship opportunities across the country—from Washington, D.C., to Dayton, Ohio, to Golden, Colorado, and beyond—for students and faculty alike. Download a copy of our flyer that highlights some of the Graduate experiences available.


Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program
This program selects distinguished K-12 mathematics and science teachers to serve in professional staff positions for up to one year in Congress or at a federal agency.

ARPA-E Fellows Program
Participants in DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) Fellows 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. Fellows will support program directors in program creation, in addition to undertaking independent explorations of promising future research areas for ARPA-E.

Diversity in Science and Technology Advances National Clean Energy in Solar (DISTANCE-Solar)
The DISTANCE-Solar program aims to promote innovation in the solar industry while increasing representation from members of currently underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Individual or teams of primary investigators from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) can apply for DOE funding for 3-year solar research projects.

Education Websites at DOE Labs and Facilities
Find links to all the education programs at DOE laboratories and facilities, many of which offer student internships and fellowships.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowships
The EERE 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 Solar Energy Technologies Office 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.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Postdoctoral Research Opportunities
View a listing of current openings for science and engineering postdoctoral researchers at national labs and federal research facilities nationwide.

Office of Science: Graduate Fellowship Program
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.

SunShot GEARED Program
The SunShot Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) program supports increased power system research and development, while simultaneously growing the expertise of electric utility sector professionals. The program’s two focuses are: training consortia that focus on quickly bringing its findings into training and educational initiatives, and linking these consortia to one another through a national coordination network. GEARED will be creating an online directory of power engineering courses, and a student-centered education and peer research exchange conference where students can meet and learn alongside renewable energy professionals from the electric utility industry.

American Association for Advancement of Science Fellowships

AAAS Fellowships, which provide the opportunity for scientists and engineers to learn about policy-making in energy efficiency and renewable energy while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal government.

Other Federal Student Opportunities

Find scholarships, fellowships, internships, and research opportunities from other U.S. federal agencies related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

DOE (Department of Energy)

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

FS (Forest Service)

NASA (National Aeronautical Space Administration)

NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Science)

NIH (National Institutes of Health)

NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration)

NPS (National Park Service)

NSF (National Science Foundation)
     Graduate and Undergraduate

SI (Smithsonian Institution)

USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

US FWS (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

USGS (U.S. Geological Survey)