Start of Appointment

Once a National Energy Technology Laboratory mentor has selected you for a project, you will need to complete several steps before you can begin your appointment.

Start Here:

  • First

    All appointments must be approved by NETL. After approval, NETL sends ORISE authorization to appoint the research participant and specify the funds, which will cover the costs of the appointment.

  • Second

    After confirming the availability of funds, ORISE will send you an appointment letter. The letter is an agreement between you and ORISE. You must return the required paperwork before you begin your appointment. Please note that you must have health insurance in place no later than the first day of your appointment.

  • Third

    If you are not a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, you must consult with ORAU immigration staff to ensure that you have the necessary authorizations for participation before beginning your appointment. If you have any questions, please contact an ORISE immigration specialist.

  • Fourth

    In summary, ORISE will need the following items from you before activating payments. It is ultimately your responsibility to ensure ORISE has received each of the items listed below:

    • signed Terms of Appointment
    • all other forms and documents included in the appointment packet
    • completed application
    • two references from persons familiar with your educational or research qualifications (including a reference from a current or past faculty member, if possible)
    • official transcripts (PIP)
    • verification of degree (PGRP)
  • Finally…

    Your mentor will certify the date upon which you begin your appointment by completing a Certification of Start form; it will then be your responsibility to contact ORISE to then confirm the start date of your appointment. When all of these steps are complete, ORISE will begin payments based on the schedule stated in your offer letter.