The Community Energy Fellowship Program (CEFP) sponsors candidates from diverse backgrounds to spend 18 months embedded in state, local, and tribal governments (Hosts) learning about and assisting in the implementation of clean energy projects and programs. Fellows will be matched with one or more local or tribal governments to apply their knowledge and experiences to the Host’s current activities. CEFP is sponsored by the Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) to support its mission of providing on-site clean energy technical assistance to its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) recipients.
Community Energy Fellows will receive hands-on experience that provides an understanding of the mission, operations, and culture of the local or tribal government and first-hand experience implementing new clean energy projects and initiatives. The goal of the Community Energy Fellowship Program is to increase access to clean energy career opportunities across the country and accelerate the national transition to resilient and affordable clean energy. Fellows will receive a stipend to support their participation in the program and an allowance for education and professional development opportunities.
Embedding Fellows in communities around the country can bring new perspectives and skills into local governments and tribes. Hence, Fellows will be assigned to selected local governments or tribes, or teams of them, that are participating in the EECBG Program. Under the guidance of the Host mentor, Fellows will learn while providing technical expertise and support to hosts in the creation, administration, and launch of new clean energy projects and programs as funded through the EECBG program. Fellows will gain experience around energy technology areas such as energy efficiency, electric vehicle technology or renewable energy deployment to local, state and tribal governments as well as gain valuable insight into the government’s role in the creation and implementation of policies and programs that affect clean energy technology developments.
Fellows will be located on site at the assigned host community. Ideally, Fellows will be matched with their own local, state and tribal governments. Hosts will provide mentorship, and be responsible for guidance, training and other activities necessary to ensuring a successful experience for the Fellow that builds capabilities for further career work in the clean energy or public service fields. Fellows may participate in activities such as stakeholder engagement, research, project management, policy or technical analysis, communication materials, data and metric gathering and more.
About The Office of State and Community Energy Programs
The Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) works with state, local and tribal governments to significantly accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies, catalyze local economic development and create jobs, reduce energy costs, and avoid pollution through place-based strategies involving a wide range of government, community, business, and other stakeholders. SCEP oversees programs totaling $16 billion, including foundational programs like the Weatherization Assistance Program and State Energy Program, and newly formed programs such as the Energy Futures Grants.
About the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program is a $550 million formula- and competitive- grant program that provides direct and flexible funding to more than 2,700 state, local, and Tribal governments across the United States to support clean energy projects and programs.
The EECBG Program is designed to be flexible and to meet community needs. Specifically, eligible entities can choose to implement projects aligned to over 14 eligible clean energy use areas. Examples include:
The EECBG Program also is considered a Justice40 program, meaning that all eligible entities are encouraged to invest at least 40 percent of their allocations in communities that are considered ‘disadvantaged.’
Review and Selection
Applications will be reviewed by SCEP staff and EECBG hosting organizations. Host organizations will make their selection recommendations to SCEP. SCEP will make final selections. In determining which applicants to select, SCEP may consider program policy factors such as candidates and EECBG entities geographical, demographic, and projects diversity, and the benefit of Fellow’s project to local communities in the EECBG’s jurisdiction or service territory. Selected candidates will be notified by ORISE.
SCEP anticipates opening a second competition in late Spring 2024 for Fellowships starting summer of 2024.
Preferred Knowledge and Skills
How to Apply
All documents must be submitted via Zintellect in order to be considered and must be in English or include an official English translation. Submitted 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.
If you have questions, please send an email to CEPFellows@orise.orau.gov.