DOE Scholars Program

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About ORAU

The DOE Scholars Program is managed by ORAU through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

ORAU Headquarters

ORAU, with headquarters in Oak Ridge, Tenn., manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Established as an official DOE institute in 1992, with programs dating back to 1946, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a national leader in science education and research.

Through the management of ORISE, ORAU directly supports DOE’s national agenda. We strive to advance science education and research programs, with a vision to be a national leader in doing so. And we create opportunities for collaboration through partnerships with other DOE facilities, other federal agencies, the academic community, and industry.

Fundamental to ORISE’s mission objectives are:


Learn more about ORISE’s work in these mission areas by visiting the ORISE website.

Learn more about ORISE in the current ORAU Annual Report

The DOE Scholars Program offers STEM related educational and training programs designed to provide students and recent graduates opportunities to participate in project-specific DOE research and developmental activities.

DOE Scholars do not perform work in place of federal employees; nor are they considered to be DOE employees. The DOE Scholars Program is considered a valuable human capital and workforce development tool, which provides educational experiences as a means to introduce highly motivated participants to potential careers.

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