ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship offers candidates an opportunity to learn about the federal government and its role in advancing renewable energy with the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, D.C. Participants will use their expertise to support solar energy research and development by guiding strategy, designing funding programs, and managing SETO-funded projects in the following areas:

  • Photovoltaic technologies
  • Concentrating solar-thermal power technologies
  • Grid systems integration technologies
  • Behavioral science, strategic analysis, and technical assistance
  • Manufacturing and technology transfer
  • Environmental justice and stakeholder engagement
  • Communication and outreach

Fellows are encouraged to use their skills to offer new perspectives and unconventional approaches to challenges within SETO. Direct background in solar energy is not required, but strong candidates will have skill sets that can directly transfer to the work done at SETO. Conducting technical research and creating federal policy are outside the scope of SETO and this fellowship.

SETO is interested in candidates with backgrounds including but not limited to physical and natural sciences, social science, engineering, policy, and entrepreneurship. Fellows are selected for their strong technical and/or analytical backgrounds according to their education level and work experience. Selected candidates will receive a competitive stipend. Applications are due each year on January 15 and June 15.

Application Information


This opportunity is open to physical, natural, and social scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and others with bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees, as well as established professionals with relevant post-degree experience. Participants must be a U.S. citizen or have Permanent Resident (Green Card) status.


  • One-year appointment, renewable for a second year
  • Competitive stipend
  • Mentorship from DOE officials
  • Travel/professional development allowance
  • Health insurance supplement
  • Relocation reimbursement

Applications are due each year on January 15 and June 15. Click here to apply, download the informational flyer, and email DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov with any questions.

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowships are designed to establish and nurture critical links between federal decision-makers and scientific professionals to support the creation of beneficial public policy and create more policy-savvy scientists. As a hosting organization, SETO offers opportunities for fellows to work with key stakeholders to transform our energy future.

Application Information

Applicants must hold a doctoral level degree (Ph.D., Sc.D., M.D., DVM, EdD, etc.) in a qualified discipline or a M.S. in engineering with three years of professional engineering experience. Participants must be U.S. citizens (dual citizenship from the United States and another country is acceptable).

AAAS only accepts online application submissions. The online application system opens in early to mid-September every year with an application deadline of early December. Applicants who make it through the selection process and successfully interview with a hosting agency begin their fellowship in September. Click here to apply

Postdoctoral Awards

Postdoctoral awards are geared to foster the next generation of scientific leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy. They provide Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities. Postdoctoral researchers have access to unique education and training opportunities, top scientists in their field, and state-of-the-art projects and equipment. Postdoctoral awards are also administered by ORISE in collaboration with EERE. 

Application Information

Postdoctoral researchers receive an annual stipend, allowances for health insurance and research-related expenses, and limited reimbursement for relocation expenses. Learn more about current research topics and the next round of this program.

Solar Energy Innovators Program

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Solar Energy Innovators Program supports practical research experiences onsite at a utility, energy service company, or public utility commission (PUC) for early- and mid-career innovators. Participants seek to develop innovative solutions to the challenges faced by their host institution as the deployment of solar energy systems increases. 

Application Information

Applicants must have a commitment from the proposed host institution (utility, energy service company, or PUC) at the time of application and should have recently obtained a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree, or be mid-career experts in fields relevant to electricity generation, transmission, or distribution. Relevant fields include but are not limited to science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, economics, business, and law. ORISE is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. Those selected will receive an annual stipend, allowances for health insurance and research-related expenses, and limited reimbursement for relocation expenses.

Click here to apply.

A variety of other internships, fellowships, and scholarships are available through EERE. Learn more.

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