DOE Scholars Program

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Start of Appointment

Once the DOE Scholars Program has selected you, there are several steps that need to be completed before you can begin your appointment.

DOE is responsible for submitting all necessary paperwork to ORISE. You may not begin your appointment earlier than the start date approved by DOE, nor can you continue past the approved end date without an approved extension (see Renewal of Appointment). DOE will notify ORISE of this information.

Once ORISE has received the approval and selection from DOE and has confirmed the availability of the specified funds, we will send you a letter of appointment. You must review, sign and return the letter from ORISE, along with ORISE Terms of Appointment and other required forms, before your first day of participation to 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 and stipend payments can begin:

  • Signed letter of appointment and ORISE Terms of Appointment
  • All other forms and documents included in the appointment packet or stated in the letter of appointment
  • Verification of most recent degree received or proof of enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program
  • Verification of current health insurance
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship

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