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Selected Fellows: Appointment Overview

If you are selected for the MLEF program, it is important that you carefully review this section. It should address many of the questions you may have regarding your participation in the energy fellowship. Use the navigation box on the right to guide you through the information provided.

ORAU has also developed a virtual orientation module that answers commonly asked questions about your energy fellowship and provides guidance on first day logistics, expectations, and additional information you may need to prepare for your appointment. To access the module, please visit Virtual Orientation.

As a Fellow in the MLEF Program, you are not an employee of ORAU, ORISE, MLEF, DOE, the host facility, or any other office or agency. Instead, you have an appointment at the MLEF-designated facility and are affiliated with ORAU for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

When accepting the Terms of Appointment, you agree that the receipt of stipend payments shall not be construed as an employment relationship and acknowledge there are no employment-related benefits (such as paid vacations, sick pay, maternity leave, unemployment compensation, worker's compensation, etc.) associated with this energy fellowship.

You should:

  • Recognize that this is an educational experience and not a contract of employment.
  • Be at the host facility during normal business hours as stated in the appointment letter.
  • Observe and conform to all applicable rules, regulations, and requirements of the MLEF facility including, but not limited to, those respecting environment, safety, security, operating and health physics procedures, drug-free workplace notification requirements, and conduct.
  • Participate in the ongoing research activities of MLEF.
  • Recognize that you are a guest at MLEF.
  • Recognize that you do not earn medical leave or personal leave, although the MLEF facility may permit occasional absences. Refer to your appointment letter for additional details.

You should NOT:

  • Undertake activities that are reserved for federal employees.
  • Supervise, appoint, mentor, hire or fire anyone.
  • Accept budget or program management authority, signature authority, official job titles, or function in any way as a representative of the federal government, even if directed to by a responsible federal official.