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Scientific research conducted through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports an improved quality of life for all Americans. With a mission focused on discovering solutions to power and to secure America’s future, the DOE is committed to:

  • Energy Security
  • Nuclear Security
  • Scientific Discovery and Innovation
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Management Excellence
  • Cyber Security
  • Safeguards and Security
  • Technological Advancement

What is the DOE Scholars Program?

The DOE Scholars Program is designed to provide opportunities and attract talented undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates to appointments that are carefully designed to help prepare them for and motivate them toward the full range of entry and mid-level research, technical and professional positions within DOE and organizations that support the DOE mission.  DOE Scholars Program will introduce highly qualified students and postgraduates to DOE missions, functions, and operations 

Appointments are available for a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide.

As a result, Scholars will:

  • Contribute to the DOE’s scientific mission
  • Gain hands-on experience on real world problems
  • Enhance their preparedness for scientific, technological and policy related-careers
  • Become part of a skilled workforce for the future that will benefit both the DOE and the overall global competitiveness of the nation.

The Scholars will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with the  DOE, ORISE or any other organization. 

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) administers this program for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ORISE is managed by ORAU for DOE. ORISE is responsible for the application and review process, notification and implementation of the program.