About the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program is headquartered in Washington, DC, and is sponsored by the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), U.S. Department of Energy. MLEF's mission is to encourage women and under-represented minority students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), to apply their academic achievements to actual research and gain hands-on experience as they prepare to enter the workforce. All eligible candidates can apply for this program.

The 10-week summer internship may place students at one of several possible FE sites including: the Strategic Petroleum Reserve site in Louisiana; the National Energy Technology Laboratory sites in Pittsburgh, Pa., Morgantown, W.V., and Albany, Ore.; and the Department of Energy Headquarters sites in Washington, D.C., and Germantown, Md. During the ?nal week of the program, MLEF Fellows attend a Technical Forum and present their internship project to their peers, mentors, site representatives, and senior FE managers.

Selected MLEF Fellows will receive:

  • A weekly stipend of $600 for undergraduate students
  • A weekly stipend of $750 for Master's students
  • A weekly stipend of $850 for Doctoral and Postdoctoral students
  • Approved temporary relocation costs to and from your host site
  • Approved housing allowance based on appointment location
  • Approved travel reimbursement to the Technical Forum

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program was awarded the Secretary of Energy's EEO/Diversity Best Practices Award in 2007.