The Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates pursuing a degree or who have a degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline, or have demonstrated interest or experience in a STEM field that supports the DOE mission.

Why should I Apply?

As a DOE Scholar, you will have the opportunity to explore a federal career with DOE and gain a competitive edge as you apply your education, talent and skills in a variety of settings within the DOE complex. Opportunities are available for a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide. 

U.S. citizenship is required.

Veterans are encouraged to apply.  DOE Scholars that are selected by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) are given a Veteran's Preference. Selected veterans will be placed at various federal agencies in Washington, D.C.

Participant Support:

·         Undergraduate student stipend – minimum of $600 per week

·         Graduate student and post-graduate stipend – minimum of $650 per week

·         Travel reimbursement of inbound and outbound costs up to $1,000 for participants who live more than fifty miles, one-way, from the assigned hosting site

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


·         Application: January 3, 2020, 4:00 PM EST

·         Letter of Recommendation: January 8, 2020, 4:00 PM EST


For more information:  

Visit or contact

What is the DOE Scholars Program?

The DOE Scholars Program is designed to provide opportunities and attract talented undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates to appointments that are carefully designed to help prepare participants towards the full range of entry and mid-level research, technical and professional positions within DOE and organizations that support the DOE mission.  DOE Scholars Program will introduce highly qualified students and postgraduates to DOE missions, functions, and operations

As a result, you will:

  • Gain insight and experience on DOE’s mission, culture and operations.
  • Showcase your education, talent and skills while contributing to the DOE’s mission and operations.
  • Enhance your preparedness for scientific, technological and policy related-careers.
  • Become part of a skilled workforce for the future that will benefit both the DOE and the overall global competitiveness of the nation.

About DOE

The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy “is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.”  With a mission focused on discovering solutions to power and to secure America’s future, the DOE is committed to:

  • Science and Innovation
    • Energy Sources
    • Clean Energy
    • Energy Efficiency
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Climate Change
    • Vehicles
    • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Energy Economy
  • Security and Safety
    • Nuclear
    • Cybersecurity
    • Environmental Cleanup
    • Emergency Response
  • Management and Operational Excellence

Why Should I Apply?

The DOE Scholars Program may offer multiple opportunities during the year to accommodate the needs and schedule of individual sponsoring offices.

Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

  • Career possibilities with the nation’s leading sponsor for scientific research
  • Opportunities to learn from top scientists and subject matter experts
  • Hands-on learning experience at a DOE-approved facility
  • Possibility of networking with other scholars, travel, and attending educational events
  • Develop skills within and outside of your field of study and interest
  • Access to ORISE exclusive professional development content

Am I Eligible?

The DOE Scholars Program may offer multiple opportunities during the year to accommodate the needs and schedule of individual sponsoring offices.  The general eligibility criteria for the DOE Scholars Program is listed below.  However, some opportunities may have different eligibility requirements.  To qualify for an opportunity, you must meet the eligibility requirements detailed for the opportunity in Zintellect.

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Meet one of the following conditions:
    • Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited institution of higher education.
    • Have completed an undergraduate (B.A., B.S. or equivalent) or graduate (M.S., DVM, Ph.D., or equivalent) degree within five years of the application deadline.
    • Be a U.S. military Veteran who has been honorably discharged and/or who has been medically discharged because of a service-connected disability and who received a college degree in an appropriate discipline within ten years of the desired start date.
    • Have completed a qualifying certificate program within one year of the desired start date. The qualifying certificate program must be offered by an accredited academic institution; must require a minimum of 30 semester credit hours or the equivalent; must be in an appropriate science, technology, engineering, or math discipline; and should be related to or complement a prior degree earned (bachelor’s degree or higher).
  • Must be pursuing a degree or have a degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline or have demonstrated interest or experience in a STEM field that supports the DOE mission.

How to Apply

All components must be submitted via Zintellect, the ORISE online application system. All application components must be received in the system in order to be considered.

Components of the online application are as follows:

  • Profile Information
  • Educational and Employment History
  • Essay Questions (goals, experiences, and skills relevant to the DOE Scholars Program)
  • Resume (PDF)
  • Transcripts/Academic Records - Unofficial transcripts or copies of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institutional systems may be submitted. Transcripts must include name of the academic institution, name of the student, completed/in progress coursework and grades. Transcripts must show the equivalent of at least one year of full-time postsecondary school attendance. First-year graduate students must submit their undergraduate transcript, including the last two years of courses, degree, and date degree was awarded.

    Submitted transcripts 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.