About the fellowship
For more than 20 years, the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program has provided students with fellowship opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. The MLEF program was created in 1995 with the goal of improving opportunities for under-represented students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields; however, all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.
The mission of the MLEF program is to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals, and this program has mentored several hundred of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in STEM.
Selected candidates train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects, consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. During these 10-week energy fellowships, participants receive a stipend, and some students may be eligible for housing and travel allowances for the duration of the program. They also gain insight into how DOE is working to meet the energy challenges of the future.
The MLEF program provides stipends to Fellows based on the following scale:
- Current undergraduate students receive a weekly stipend of $600
- Current Master’s students receive a weekly stipend of $750
- Current Ph.D students receive a weekly stipend of $850
Some fellows may be authorized to receive an additional allowance to offset the cost of housing and travel expenses. This allowance may not cover the full cost of housing or travel to the program site.
Selections are based on a student’s qualifications and the needs of the host site. Proximity to the host is not factored during the selection process. The 10-week summer program may place students at one of several possible FE sites including:
- 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
- Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
- Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM
Fellows will be required to attend all orientation activities, which may include travel to a meeting location other than their appointment site. At the conclusion of the program, Fellows are required to attend a week-long technical forum where they will present their research findings and participate in all other scheduled forum activities. Travel costs for required events will be covered by the program.
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