Before starting the application, please read through this information to ensure you are eligible for this energy fellowship program and are aware of the required information needed to be considered.


  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral level (Students pursuing an Associate’s degree are eligible to apply if transferring to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for fall 2017). Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application.
  • Be available to participate in the full 10-week program

Important Dates

Below are the important dates for the 2017 program.

  • Application deadline: December 30, 2016 (Applications must by SUBMTTED by the application deadline). Letters of Reference only will be accepted until January 13, 2017
  • Candidates notified of selection: February-April 2017 
  • Program dates: June 5 to August 11, 2017
  • Kick-off/orientation: Monday, June 12, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
  • Technical forum: August 6-11, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA

How to Apply

The MLEF application process is a two-part process. 

  1. The online application: Go to the "Further official information" below to start the application process. You will need to upload your unofficial transcripts, upload a resume, and provide contact information for two individuals who can serve as a reference. Documents must be uploaded in PDF format. Your online application must be submitted by the application deadline listed above. Once you submit your online application, you can no longer make changes to the information provided.
  2. References: You will need to have two individuals submit references for you. Please note that your reference will not be e-mailed with instructions until you submit your online application. Refer to the section below for more details.


Once you submit your application, the references you listed will receive an auto-generated email from the Zintellect system with instructions on how to submit a reference on your behalf. It is your responsibility to communicate with your references to determine if they received instructions on how to submit a recommendation. Two references must be received by January 13. Please note that your application must be submitted by the application deadline of December 30. The later date only applies to your references.

Technical Assistance

If you or your references experience any technical difficulties with the online system, please contact Barbara Dunkin, Program Specialist, at