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ORISE Science and Technology Policy Opportunity

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Science and Technology Policy Opportunity offers candidates a chance to design and implement national research and development (R&D) strategies that align with the goals of the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. This is a paid position that provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the federal government and its role in advancing science and technology. Participants are mentored by SETO staff in relevant research areasApplications are due each year on January 15 and June 15.

Application Information

This opportunity is open to those with bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degrees in any quantitative field, as well as established professionals with relevant post-degree experience. Participants must be a U.S. citizen or have Permanent Resident (Green Card) status. Click here to apply.

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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