Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program

For more than 20 years, the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program has provided students with fellowship opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. The MLEF program was created in 1995 with the goal of improving opportunities for under-represented students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields; however, all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

The mission of the MLEF program is to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals, and this program has mentored several hundred of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in STEM.

Selected candidates train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects, consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. During these 10-week energy fellowships, participants receive a stipend, and some students may be eligible for housing and travel allowances for the duration of the program. They also gain insight into how DOE is working to meet the energy challenges of the future.

At the conclusion of the program, Fellows attend a “Technical Forum” where they present their research findings and tour a nearby technical site.


Check back this fall to apply for the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program!

Applicant Information

Information for Applicants to the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

This section provides details on eligibility for the program, the application process, and all of the required information needed to be considered for the program. Applicants should read this section before starting the application.

Check back this fall to apply for the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program!

Selected Fellows: Appointment Overview

Information for Current Fellows in the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

Once selected for the MELF program, it is important that you carefully review this section which should address many of the questions you may have regarding your participation in the MLEF program. 

Meet a Fellow: Research Experiences at MLEF

  • JoRee LaFrance

    Mickey Leland Energy Fellow JoRee LaFrance dedicated her summer to identifying opportunities for tribal collaboration regarding the advancement of clean energy. Read more about JoRee…

  • Caroline Quanbeck

    At the Department of Energy headquarters in Germantown, Maryland, Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program participant Caroline Quanbeck analyzed data to determine the locations of clay enriched with rare earth elements, essential components of modern technology. Read more about Caroline…
  • Adrian Salguero

    Through the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program, computer science student Adrian Salguero contributed to the development of a program to efficiently create simulation input data with the bubble size distribution of foamed cement samples. Read more about Adrian…

  • Chietha Moore

    Mickey Leland Energy Fellow Chietha Moore synthesized and characterized customized ionic liquids for post-combustion carbon capture at the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Read more about Chietha…

  • Minh Bui

    While at the National Energy Technology Laboratory as a Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program participant, Minh Bui contributed to the advancement of simulation capabilities involving fracture pathway behavior. Read more about Minh…

  • Francesca Moloney

    Mickey Leland Energy Fellow Francesca Moloney spent her summer studying hybrid energy systems at the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Read more about Francesca…

  • Brandon Mathis

    Computer science student Brandon Mathis studied foamed cement with the intent of providing the oil and gas industry with information that can be used to produce better cements and in rewriting recommended practices. Read more about Brandon…

  • Emily Ghosh

    In the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Emily Ghosh synthesized and characterized thin films with the overall goal of improving the structure of solid oxide fuel cells. Read more about Emily…

  • Esin Schulz

    Doctoral student Esin Schulz spent her summer at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) developing a chemical sorbent to selectively remove oxygen from the air. Read more about Esin…

  • Jinghao Liu

    Jinghao Liu researched methods at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to improve the efficiency and availability of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), devices used to generate electricity. Read more about Jinghao…

  • Kelsey Hunter

    Kelsey Hunter participated in the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her project involved examining the simultaneous operations of carbon capture, utilization, and storage with enhanced water recovery. Read more about Kelsey…

  • Nicola Peyko

    Physics student Nicola Peyko studied the reaction of Marcellus shale fractures after injecting them with carbon dioxide alongside her mentor, Jonathan Moore . Her research will improve knowledge of the carbon sequestration process. Read more about Nicola…

  • Bryan Moore

    Master’s student Bryan Moore spent his summer in the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) where he helped simulate the flow of contaminants in water supplies. Read more about Bryan…

  • Chyanne Nader

    Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program participant Chyanne Nader spent her summer researching methods to improve heat exchanger technology at the U.S. Department of Energy headquarters in Germantown, Maryland. Read more about Chyanne…

Mentor Information and Responsibilities

Information for Mentors

Mentorship is the foundation of a successful education program. Here's helpful information as you prepare for the arrival of your fellow.