ORISE is accepting applications for the 2022 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program from graduate and undergraduate students

Application deadline extended to January 31, 2022!

ORISE is accepting applications for the 2022 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program from graduate and undergraduate students

December 2, 2021

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is currently accepting applications for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2022 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF). This 10-week summer program is for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math at the Associates, Bachelor’s or Master’s level. U.S. citizenship is required.

Under the mentorship of DOE scientists and engineers, students will complete a cutting-edge research project at one of the Department’s National Laboratories or DOE Headquarters in support of the Department’s mission to minimize the environmental impacts of fossil fuels while working towards net-zero emissions. The mission of the MLEF program is to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals, and this program has mentored nearly 1000 of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in the STEM workforce.

During the 10-week appointment, students receive a weekly stipend, and may be eligible for housing and travel allowances. Students will also gain insight into how the Department of Energy is working toward an equitable and clean energy future. The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in the STEM fields although all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

The summer program may place students at one of several possible sites including:

  • U.S. 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
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

The MLEF program may institute a virtual program, as necessary.

The MLEF Program offers the following benefits:

  • Direct exposure to and participation in research on DOE mission-relevant research areas
  • Hands-on research experience and training under the mentorship of program officials and scientists
  • Stipends ranging from $650-$750 per week (depending on academic status), plus limited housing and travel reimbursement
  • Opportunities to present research at a program-sponsored technical forum

MLEF Program applications are due by January 31, 2022 at 11:59 EST. For application information and questions, visit our website (https://orise.orau.gov/mlef/). The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship program is administered through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at


Program Information: Detailed information about the internship can be found at


For questions, please email us at MLEF@hq.doe.gov.


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