Get more hands on deck with your EECBG Program project. Kickstart a clean energy career. Apply to be or host a Community Energy Fellow!
The Community Energy Fellowship will match 25-35 recent graduates and mid-career clean energy professionals with Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program formula-eligible local and Tribal governments. These placements are fully funded by DOE and sponsored by DOE’s Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP).
By hosting a Fellow, local and Tribal governments will bolster their EECBG Program projects, gain new perspectives, and accelerate the national transition to resilient and affordable clean energy.
Fellows will build experience in public sector clean energy deployment at the community level. For example, they might help to develop municipal climate action plans, coordinate solar projects, stand up electric bike incentive programs, and much more!
SCEP may also financially support other expert community stakeholders to act as Clean Energy Coaches for Fellows. Coaches would serve as advisors and help build partnerships on the ground.
Questions can be submitted to our Technical Assistance email inbox at: TechnicalAssistance@hq.doe.gov.
You can still apply to host or be a Fellow!
It is not too late to apply to Host a Community Energy Fellow or to serve as one. The deadline for hosts is March 5, and the deadline for Fellows is March 31.
The following EECBG communities are currently seeking Fellows. Learn more about the host communities’ EECBG Program projects by clicking on the available links below. Special preference will be given to applicants that are based in communities seeking Fellows. Note: if you are a prospective host, you do not need to be from one of these communities to apply. See below for more information.
- Decorah, Iowa and Clean Energy Districts of Iowa
- Durham County, North Carolina
- Eagle County, Colorado and Energy Smart Colorado
- Kittery, Maine and the Southern Maine Planning and Development Corporation
- Littleton, Massachusetts
- MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians, Alabama
- Nenana, Alaska and the Alaska Municipal League
- Peterborough, New Hampshire
- Shelby County, Tennessee
- Buffalo, New York
- Burns Paiute Tribe, Oregon
- Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
- New Orleans, Louisiana
Current Fellow Posts and Projects
DOE selected the first round of host institutions in November 2023. Five EECBG Program communities were matched with a Community Energy Fellow.
They will support a diverse range of EECBG Program projects including:
- Implementing a climate justice action plan
- Promoting energy efficiency in municipal buildings
- Developing a program to provide subsidized solar to disadvantaged households, and
- Much more!
Congratulations to the selectees:
- Harris County, TX
- Howard and Baltimore Counties, MD
- Miami-Dade County, FL
- San Diego, CA
- Santa Monica, CA
Host a Community Energy Fellow
- Host entities apply to the Community Energy Fellowship with a specific project scope and preferred qualifications for their fellow candidates. The staff member that will mentor the Fellow and oversee the project activities should submit the application and participate in the interview and selection process. The application form can be found here.
- DOE completed the first round of eligible host institution selections in Nov. 2023. The second round of host applications are due March 5, 2024 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting Jan. 22, 2024. Prospective hosts are encouraged to submit their application early.
- Fellows apply through Zintellect. Applications must include references, transcripts, current resume, and a description of their interest in the program, relevant skills, and experience. DOE completed the first round of Fellow selections in Nov. 2023. Fellows applications for second round selection are due by March 31, 2024.
- Matching: DOE matches selected host institutions with the top 3-5 Fellow candidates in their regions. Hosts, along with DOE, will conduct interviews and make final selection recommendations. The program is limited to only 25-35 host institutions. DOE will do its best to make successful matches but cannot guarantee a Fellow for each host community.
- EECBG Formula local governments opting for grants (not vouchers), including teams
- All EECBG Tribes, including teams
- EECBG Competitive awardees
- Note: States, territories, and local governments using EECBG vouchers are ineligible to apply for a Community Energy Fellow. However, additional technical assistance resources are available. Contact TechnicalAssistance@hq.doe.gov for more information.
- SCEP will evaluate all host applications as follows:
- Potential Impact on EECBG project outcomes (40%)
- Hosts should indicate how a Fellow would contribute to their planned EECBG project or program but ensure that their EECBG effort is not reliant on receiving a Fellow in order to be successful.
- Extent to which the host meets priority target areas (30%)
- Hosts are either designated as disadvantaged communities, or plan to use EECBG Program funds to benefit disadvantaged community members
- Need for a fellow to lend perspective on several EECBG Program grantees on one project or program (i.e. teaming)
- Following an EECBG Blueprint.
- Potential for a high-quality fellow experience (30%)
- Quality of workplan
- Level of institutional support from the host organization
- Possibility of long-term placement
- Other creative or unique opportunities offered.
- DOE may also consider other factors in final selection of hosts such as:
- Diversity of project types and regions
- Availability of qualified fellow candidates in regions and areas of requested technical expertise.
- The Fellowship is funded by DOE Office of State and Community Programs and administered in partnership with the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE). ORISE will manage Community Energy Fellow recruitment, facilitate the fellow application and selection process, and provide fellows with stipends and benefits.
Apply to be a Community Energy Fellow
- We need everyone to bring about a just energy transition, and there has never been a better or more urgent time to launch a career in clean energy. As a Community Energy Fellow, you will help to put historic federal investments in climate and clean energy projects to work in local communities. As you gain valuable professional experience working with mentors in local governments and Tribes, you will have a cohort of other fellows to lean on and the opportunity to build knowledge and a network in the industries of the future.
- To be considered for the Fellowship, candidates must:
- Be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) at the time of application. Evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted to ORISE at the time the appointment is accepted.
- Be at least 18 years old by the time of their potential start date.
- Have completed an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree in science, social science, environmental studies, economics, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the DOE mission. Applicants pursuing a degree at the time of application must show proof of completion of the degree before starting an appointment.
- Be available to start their Fellowship by Winter 2024 for Round 1 Fellows, and by Summer 2024 for Round 2 Fellows.
- Fellows should bring a strong interest in clean and equitable energy solutions for Tribal and local governments, particularly for environmental justice and disadvantaged communities. DOE seeks candidates with expertise and experience working with Tribes and local governments and/or the clean energy sector. Applicants with diverse backgrounds and lived experience are encouraged to apply.
- Fellows receive a stipend to support their participation as a Community Energy Fellow. Stipend rates are determined by DOE officials and are based on the candidate’s academic and professional background. Fellows can expect annual base stipends to start at the following amounts, depending on location:
- Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree: $51,700 to $83,000
- Master’s Degree: $62,900 to $91,000
- PhD: $69,100 to $110,000
- For every complete year of full-time relevant professional experience from 2-10+ years, fellows can expect a 3% increase in their stipend amount.
- Fellows are eligible for additional benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance.
- Fellow Candidates apply here through this Zintellect form.
- Application materials requested include: references, transcripts, resume, and a description of their interest in the program, relevant skills, and experience.
- DOE completed the first round of Fellow selections in Nov. 2023. Fellows applications for second round selection are due by March 31, 2024.
Coach a Community Energy Fellow
- Community Energy Coaches will be paired up with 1-5 Fellows, ideally in their region. They will provide professional guidance, mentorship, troubleshooting, and career advice. They will also support Fellows by making connections with other members of the industry and region.
- Coaches will meet with each assigned fellow for a minimum of one hour per month, preferably in person, over the course of the 18-month fellowship. This time would be supported by an honorarium from DOE.
- Coaches are experienced professionals in clean energy or utility industries, local or Tribal governments, or are members of environmental justice, or clean energy non-profit organizations. They are mid- or late-career experts in their fields eager to amplify clean energy impacts in communities and mentor newer professionals.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- No. Community Energy Fellows will be placed at eligible local governments opting in to grants and Tribes only.
- Fellow workstreams will depend on the host’s EECBG Program project. Examples include: Community and/or stakeholder engagement efforts, helping to navigate a procurement process, conducting research or policy or technical analysis, creating communication materials, collecting and evaluating metrics, or supporting team members across jurisdictions.
- It depends. Tribes may apply to host a Fellow regardless of grant or voucher status. Local governments may only host a Fellow if they are applying for a traditional grant.
- Yes. Entities that are awarded an EECBG Competitive Program grant may apply to host a Fellow.
- Host institutions will have the opportunity to review Fellow applications, conduct interviews, and recommend Fellow candidates for selection.
- The person who would be managing the Fellow should apply. Their institution would be the host.
- This is possible and encouraged. Coordinate with your potential community partners directly. Determine how you’ll split up the fellow’s time and which organization will serve as the host as described above.
Yes. Fellows are in addition to your EECBG Program allocation.