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Applicant Information

The application period for the MLEF Program is now closed. Please check back in Fall 2018 for 2019 opportunities.

Before starting the application, please read through this information to ensure you are eligible for this energy fellowship 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 3.0
  • 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 Doctoral level (Students pursuing an Associate’s degree are eligible to apply if transferring to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for fall 2018). Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application.
  • Be available to participate in the full 10-week program

Important Dates

Below are the important dates for the 2018 program.

  • Application deadline: January 3, 2018 (Applications must by SUBMITTED by the application deadline). Letters of Reference only will be accepted until January 12, 2018
  • Candidates notified of selection: April 2018
  • Program dates: June 4 to August 10, 2018
  • Kick-off/orientation: May 31, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
  • Technical forum: August 5-10, 2018

How to Apply

The MLEF application process is a two-part process.

  1. The online application is currently open.
    You will need to upload your unofficial transcripts, upload a resume, and provide contact information for two individuals who can serve as a reference. Documents must be uploaded in PDF format. Your online application must be submitted by the application deadline listed above. Once you submit your online application, you can no longer make changes to the information provided.
  2. References: You will need to have two individuals submit references for you. Please note that your reference will not be e-mailed with instructions until you submit your online application. Refer to the section below for more details.


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 12. Please note that your application must be submitted by the application deadline of December 30. The later date only applies to your references.

Technical Assistance

If you or your references experience any technical difficulties with the online system, please contact Barbara Dunkin, Program Specialist, at


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

  • Current undergraduate students receive a weekly stipend of $600
  • Current Master’s students receive a weekly stipend of $750
  • Current Ph.D students receive a weekly stipend of $850

Some fellows 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 host site. Proximity to the host is not factored during the selection process. The 10-week summer program may place students at one of several possible FE sites including:

  • 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, Livermore, CA
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
  • Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA
  • Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM

Orientation/Technical Forum

Fellows 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, Fellows 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.

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.