The Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship program - Candidate

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How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis, and this posting will remain open until filled. For that reason, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

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

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is seeking candidates for The Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship program who have a background and interest in the clean energy transition.  Selected fellows will participate in projects at one of the following host institutions, on site, for up to two years.  

Available Host Institutions

In the application, you will provide up to 3 of your most preferred host institutions from the list below.  You must be willing to relocate to the host facility's area, if selected:

  1. Virginia Commerce Commission -  (Richmond, VA)
  2. Arkansas Public Service Commission -  (Little Rock, AR)
  3. Vermont Public Utilities Commission -  (Montpelier, VT)
  4. New Hampshire Electric Cooperative -  (Plymouth, NH)
  5. Kentucky Public Service Commission -  (Frankfurt, KY)
  6. Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities -  (Boston, MA)

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. Reimbursement of relocation expenses may also be provided, if applicable.

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 fellow will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, DOE, the host institution, or any other office or agency.  Instead, the fellow will be considered a participant and will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.  


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.

While there is no deadline to apply, applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible.  Ideally placements will be made prior to January 2023.  Only completed applications will be reviewed.   

A Complete Application Consists of:

  1. Complete Zintellect profile and responses to opportunity specific application questions.
  2. Transcripts/Academic Records - Recent unofficial transcripts or copies of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institutional systems may be submitted to complete the application, if a copy of the official transcript is not available at the time of application. Transcripts/Academic Records must include the name of the academic institution, name of the student, completed/in progress coursework and grades.  If you are selected, you will be required to provide a copy of your most recent official transcript showing proof of degree before the appointment can start.
  3. Current Resume/CV (two-page limit), including academic history, employment history, and relevant experiences.
  4. One Academic or Professional 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.  Although only one recommendation is required, you are encouraged to enter more than one contact to request a recommendation since you need at least one recommendation in the system to count as part of the completed application. Applications without a recommendation will not be reviewed.

NOTE: All documents must be submitted through Zintellect, and must be in English or include an official English translation. 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 )
    • 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-S&E (13 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (29 )
  • Age: Must be 18 years of age

I understand that if I am selected, I will be expected to serve on-site.