2023 EERE Science, Technology and Policy Opportunity - Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO)

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

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Application Deadline
1/15/2024 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program is seeking to develop future leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. The EERE STP appointments provide an opportunity for highly talented scientists, engineers, and technical professionals (e.g. business analysts, graphic designers, informaticians) to participate in policy-related projects at EERE offices in Washington, DC. The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) drives research, manufacturing, and market solutions to make the abundant solar energy resources in the United States more affordable and accessible for Americans.

Applicants selected to participate will join the SETO team responsible for carrying out activities critical to the office's mission. SETO applications are reviewed (and offers are made) two times per year with an application deadline for this opportunity on January 15, 2024. All recommendations must be received by January 18, 2024 for your application to be considered. The application review process takes approximately 3-4 months. This Fellowship is typically offered as an initial one year appointment with a second year offer to extend the appointment, contingent on an annual review. There is potential to extend the appointment for additional years under certain circumstances. All appointment extensions are made at the discretion of the sponsoring office. Your learning opportunities may include:

  • Assisting with the active project management of SETO awards
  • Engaging with stakeholders across industry, national labs, universities, and more
  • Participating in strategic planning for SETO and other DOE initiatives
  • Performing analyses and generating reports on current topics within the solar industry

These activities may be carried out in collaboration with teams of multi-level federal employees, other participants, support service contractors, and experts from national laboratories.

In particular, SETO is seeking Fellows with background in the following areas, but may consider additional relevant backgrounds:

  • Photovoltaic technologies
  • Concentrating solar-thermal power technologies
  • Grid systems integration technologies
  • Behavioral science, strategic analysis, and technical assistance
  • Manufacturing and technology transfer
  • Environmental justice and finance
  • Communications, graphic design, and stakeholder engagement

Participant Benefits

Selected participants will receive a competitive stipend as support for their living and other expenses during this appointment. Stipend rates are determined by EERE officials and are based on the candidate’s academic and professional background. Relocation expenses, in the amount of up to $5,000, incurred in relocating from the participant's current address to Washington, D.C. (if more than 50 miles from the address shown on the application), may be reimbursed. Participants will receive a travel and research allowance of $10,000 per appointment year to cover expenses for scientific and professional development activities.

For more information about EERE Science, Technology and Policy Program, please visit https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/fellowships-and-research-opportunities 

Appointment Location

Washington, D.C.

Nature of Appointment

The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOE, or any other office or agency.  Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE letter of appointment and Terms of Appointment. The initial appointment period will be for one year, with the possibility to extend the appoint for additional years at discretion of the mentor and sponsoring office.

  • You must be currently pursing, or have completed requirements for, a Bachelor's, Master’s, or Doctoral degree.

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR).

How to Apply:

A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcript(s) - For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. Selected candidates may be required to provide proof of completion of the degree before the appointment can start.
  • A current resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation

The resume/CV must include the following:

  • Basic applicant Information:  Name, address, phone, email, and other contact information.
  • Work & Research Experience:  List all relevant work and research experiences beginning with current or most recent. Include the name of the employer, location, position held, and time period involved.
  • Leadership Experience:  List experiences (e.g., work, civic, volunteer, research) that demonstrate your leadership skills. Detail your role, type of experience, organization, location, and duration.
  • Educational History:  List all institutions from which you received or expect to receive a degree, beginning with current or most recent institution. Include the name of the academic institution, degree awarded or expected, date of awarded or expected degree, and academic discipline.
  • Honors & Awards:  List in chronological order (most recent first) any awards or public recognitions. Include the name of awarding institution, title of the award or honor, and date of award or honor.

If you have questions, please send an email to DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov and list the reference code [DOE-EERE-STP-SETO-2023-2101]  in the subject line of your email.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Any 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 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (48 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (13 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (2 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (29 )
  • Age: Must be 18 years of age