Before starting the application, please read through this information to ensure you are eligible for the MLEF  program and are aware of the required information needed to be considered.


  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8.
  • Be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. level (Students pursuing an Associate’s degree are eligible to apply if transferring to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for fall 2020).
  • Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application.
  • Be available to participate in the full 10-week program.

Event Date
Student Application Deadline Sunday, January 12, 2020
Reference letters due Monday, January 20, 2020
Participants Orientation/Kick-off Thursday, May 28, 2020 (Washington, DC)
Program Dates Monday, June 1 to Friday, August 7, 2020
Technical Forum Monday, August 3 to Thursday, August 6, 2020 (Pittsburgh, PA)

The MLEF application process is a three-part process. To start the application process, go to the online application

  1. Create a Zintellect Profile
    If you have applied to other ORISE programs using the Zintellect portal, you can just log in to your account and skip to Step 2, MLEF Online Application. Creating a profile allows you to save basic information such as your name, contact information and educational history. If you apply to more than one program using Zintellect, you will not need to re-enter this data. 
  2. MLEF Online Application
    The second part of the application process consists of answering questions and submitting documents specific to the MLEF program. This includes:
    • Current resume
    • Short-answer responses to essay questions
    • Unofficial transcripts: Unofficial transcripts must include name of the academic institution, name of the student, completed/in progress coursework and grades. First-year graduate students must submit their undergraduate transcript, including the last two years of courses, degree, and date degree was awarded. Documents must have all social security numbers, student identification numbers, and/or dates of birth removed (blanked out, blackened out, made illegible, etc.) prior to uploading into the application system.
    • Providing contact information for two individuals who can serve as references. The first reference should be from an academic source and the second reference can be either from an academic or professional source.
    Please note, your references will not be sent instructions on how to complete a reference on your behalf until you have submitted your application, therefore early submission is strongly encouraged.
  3. References
    The final step of the application process requires your two designated references to complete an online questionnaire. Refer to the section below for more details on this step.

Once you submit your application, the references you listed will receive an auto-generated email from the Zintellect system with instructions on how to submit a reference on your behalf. It is your responsibility to communicate with your references to determine if they received instructions on how to submit a recommendation. Two references must be received by January 20, 2020. Please note that your application must be submitted by the application deadline of January 12, 2020. 

Technical Assistance

If you or your references experience any technical difficulties with the online system, please contact Pai Moua at  Pai.moua@orau.org or Karen Brummett at  Karen.brummett@orau.org.

The MLEF program is looking for students who are willing to expand their horizons and knowledge, be it in their field of study or another area of STEM.  We value a combination of academic success, experience, and leadership potential that is demonstrated in your academic record, work experience, drive to further your education and involvement in professional associations; student groups, volunteer activities, military service, and/or extracurricular activities.  The MLEF program values diversity; show us who you are and what makes you special.

To increase your chances of being selected for the MLEF program, we recommend:

  1. Reading the eligibility criteria carefully to make sure you can be considered for this program.
  2. Spending the necessary time on your essay responses and your resume. 
    • Answer each question.
    • Effective and efficient writing is valued over quantity of writing.
  3. Ensuring that everything you submit is grammatically correct, clearly expressed and neatly organized.
    • Write a draft, edit it repeatedly, and ask someone whose judgement you trust to read it and make suggestions for improvement.
    • Use a word processor to draft your answers and then copy and paste to the application.
  4. Lining up your recommendations early!  Don’t wait until the last minute to ask someone to submit a reference on your behalf.
  5. Asking questions!  Contact us at mlef@hq.doe.gov if something isn’t clear.
  6. SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION! We can’t select you if you don’t submit an application! You must go back and hit the ‘submit’ button once you have provided email addresses for your references. You will receive an e-mail once the application is submitted.

The MLEF program provides stipends to Participants based on the following scale:

  • Current undergraduate students receive a weekly stipend of $650
  • Current Master’s students receive a weekly stipend of $750
  • Current Ph.D. students receive a weekly stipend of $850

Some Participants may be authorized to receive an additional allowance to offset the cost of housing and travel expenses. This allowance may not cover the full cost of housing or travel to the program site.

Selections are based on a student’s qualifications and the needs of the appointment site/location. Proximity to the host is not factored during the selection process. The 10-week summer program may place students at one of several possible DOE sites including but not limited to:

Department of Energy Headquarters, Washington, D.C. and Germantown, MD
National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA; Morgantown, WV; Albany, OR
Strategic Petroleum Reserve, New Orleans, LA; and other SPR sites in LA and TX
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA
Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM

Participants will be required to attend all orientation activities, which may include travel to a meeting location other than their appointment site. At the conclusion of the program, Participants are required to attend a week-long technical forum where they will present their research findings and participate in all other scheduled forum activities. Travel costs for required events will be covered by the program.

Dates

  • Fellows Kick-off: Thursday, May 28, 2020 (Washington, DC)
  • Technical Forum: Monday, August 3 to Thursday, August 6, 2020 (Pittsburgh, PA)

This is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical ability, genetic information, sexual orientation or covered veteran's status.