Start of Appointment

Once the MLEF Program has selected you, there are several steps you need to complete before you can begin your appointment.

MLEF is responsible for submitting all necessary selection paperwork to ORAU. You may not begin your appointment before the start date approved by MLEF, nor can you continue past the approved end date. MLEF will notify ORAU of this information.

Once ORAU has received the approval from MLEF, you will be sent an appointment letter. You must immediately review, sign and return the appointment letter from ORAU, along with the Terms of Appointment and other required forms, to accept your appointment and ensure that you will be eligible to receive a stipend.

You are required to have health insurance in place no later than the first day of the appointment.

It is your responsibility to ensure ORAU receives the following items before your appointment begins so that stipend payments can begin on time.

  • Signed appointment letter and Terms of Appointment
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship
  • Verification of current health insurance
  • All other forms and documents included in the appointment packet or stated in the appointment letter

Finally, the MLEF program mentor or coordinator will certify the date upon which you began participation through the required Certification of Starting Date form. Once all of these steps are complete, ORAU will begin your stipend payments.