Women and minorities encouraged to apply; deadline is Jan. 7, 2019

ORISE accepting applications for 2019 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program

Oct 25, 2018

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is currently accepting applications for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2019 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program. The 10-week summer program is open to graduate and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.

The MLEF Program provides students with the opportunity to gain and develop research skills by training under the mentorship of program officials and scientists within the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy. This program is open to currently enrolled, full-time, degree-seeking students in a science, technology, engineering or math program at an accredited college or university at the associate, bachelor’s (sophomore or higher), master’s or doctoral level with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. U.S. citizenship is required.

Participants will support Office of Fossil Energy mission-related research while gaining insight into how DOE is working to meet the energy challenges of the future. The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in the STEM fields although all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

The summer program may place students at one of several possible sites including:

  • Department of Energy Headquarters, Washington, D.C., and Germantown, Md.
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif.
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M.
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Morgantown, W.Va.; Albany, Ore.
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Wash.
  • Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif.
  • Strategic Petroleum Reserve, New Orleans, La.; and other SPR sites in Louisiana and Texas

The MLEF Program offers the following benefits:

  • Direct exposure to and participation in research on DOE mission-relevant research areas
  • Hands-on research experience and training under the mentorship of program officials and scientists
  • Stipends ranging from $600-$850 per week (depending on academic status), plus limited housing and travel reimbursement
  • Opportunities to present research at a program-sponsored technical forum

MLEF Program applications are due by Jan 7, 2019. For application information and questions, visit the program’s website or register for a webinar. The MLEF Program is administered through DOE’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at


Program Information: Detailed information about the internship can be found at


For questions, please email us at MLEF@hq.doe.gov.

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