Fellowships and Research Opportunities

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Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

Science and technology policy fellowships provide an opportunity for scientists, engineers, and researchers to lead and improve projects to meet the SETO goals. All fellows are assigned to policy-related projects and mentored by senior EERE staff. Fellowships are paid positions, and are administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) in collaboration with the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Applications are due each year on January 15 and June 15.

Application Information

There are four types of fellowships for recent graduates and experienced scientists and engineers. Click through to find more information and to apply:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows:  Graduates holding a doctoral level degree (PhD, ScD, MD, DVM, etc.) at the time of application.
  • Senior Fellows: M.S. or Ph.D. graduates who have more than three years of post-degree experience in a technical or research capacity at the time of application.
  • Fellows: Ph.D. graduates who have held a graduate degree for less than three years at the time of application.
  • Junior Fellows: Bachelor's degree graduates who have held a degree for less than five years at the time of application.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with two annual review dates: January 15 and June 15. Download the fellowship flier

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. The 2017 application process has ended. Please check back for the 2018 deadline.

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 Solar Energy Innovators Program funds researchers to examine innovative solutions to the challenges utilities, energy service providers, and public utilities commissions (PUC) face as they adapt to a system with increasing levels of solar and other distributed energy resources. Innovators selected for the program conduct hands-on, practical research and development on-site at a utility, energy service provider, or PUC host institution.

Application Information

Applicants should have recently obtained a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree or be mid-career experts in fields relevant to electricity generation/transmission/distribution. Relevant fields include but are not limited to science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, economics, business, and law.

Applications are due September 15, 2018. Click here to apply.

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