The Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship program - Candidate

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
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How to Apply

To apply as a fellow candidate, click on Apply at the bottom of this page.   If you have any questions about the application, please contact ORISE at with “Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship” in the subject line. Send questions about the program to

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Application Deadline
5/6/2022 5:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is seeking candidates with a background and interest in the clean energy transition to participate in projects at eligible host institutions at locations across the United States, on site, for up to two years.

Eligible Host Institutions

  • Electric public utility commissions
  • Utilities (municipally-owned electric and electric cooperatives)
  • Grid operators (e.g., Independent Systems Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations)

Fellowship Details

Fellows receive a stipend, health insurance, and a generous allowance for education and professional development.  The fellowship appointment is for one-year, renewable for a second year, with opportunities for peer-to-peer learning provided for each cohort.  Stipends are determined by their degree level and years of relevant professional experience and begin at $40k for a Bachelor’s degree, at $55k for a Master’s degree, and at $70k for a Doctoral degree.

Nature of Fellowship Appointment

The Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).  The program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). During the appointment, the Innovator will be considered a participant and will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, DOE, the host institution, or any other office or agency.


The fellowship is open to recent Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral graduates in fields relevant to electricity generation, transmission, or distribution. Fellowship candidates must have an interest in the application of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable transportation technologies and policies.  If more than five years since receipt of degree, the applicant must have an academic background and experience in a relevant field and must be seeking to gain new knowledge/experience in order to expand career opportunities or to advance professionally.

A Complete Candidate Application Consists of:

  1. Responses to short answer questions.
  2. Academic Records - Submit the most recent transcript.  Unofficial transcripts or copies of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institutional systems may be submitted.  If you are completing your degree, you must provide proof of the degree completion prior to the start of the fellowship. 
  3. Current Resume/CV (two-page limit)
  4. One Recommendation - The recommendation should address a candidate's academic record and potential for success as a fellow, as indicated by communication, motivation, and collaboration skills, and must be submitted through Zintellect by Friday, May 6, 2022, 5:00 pm Eastern Time Zone

NOTE: Documents must have all social security numbers, student identification numbers, and/or dates of birth removed (blanked out, blackened out, made illegible, etc.) prior to uploading into the application system.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Supporting materials must be uploaded as PDF files to ensure the document can be searched by Zintellect’s search engine. Documents sent by email, postal mail, or fax will not be considered. 

Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Business (11 )
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (12 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (14 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (13 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (29 )
  • Age: Must be 18 years of age

I understand that Innovator Fellows may be matched with organizations anywhere in the country, and they are expected to serve on site.