Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)-2019

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

A complete application consists of:


To increase your chances of being selected for the MLEF program, we recommend:

1.Reading the eligibility criteria carefully to make sure you can be considered for this program.

2.Spending the necessary time on application and your resume. 

a.Answer each question.

b.Effective and efficient writing is valued over quantity of writing.

3.Ensuring that everything you submit is grammatically correct, clearly expressed and neatly organized.

a.Write a draft, edit it repeatedly, and ask someone whose judgement you trust to read it and make suggestions for improvement.

b.Use a word processor to draft your answers and then copy and paste to the application.

4.Lining up your recommendations early!  Don’t wait until the last minute.

5.Asking questions!  Contact us at mlef@hq.doe.gov if something isn’t clear.

6.SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION!  We can’t select you if you don’t submit an application!

Application Deadline
1/7/2019 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time Zone

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides college students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For over 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (short for science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

Selected candidates will train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. During the 10 weeks, Fellows will receive a stipend and some students may be eligible to receive housing and travel allowance for the duration of the program.

At the conclusion of the program, Fellows are required to attend a "Technical Forum" where they will present their research findings and tour a technical site located nearby.

  • 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
  • At time of application, 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.
  • Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application. Students pursuing an Associate’s degree are eligible to apply if transferring to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for Fall 2019.
  • Be available to participate in the full 10-week program
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree.
  • Overall GPA: 3.00
  • Discipline(s):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (12 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (16 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (14 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (45 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (10 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (1 )
  • Age: Must be 18 years of age

I certify, that at the time of application, I am at least 18 years of age; that I am a U.S. Citizen; that I am currently enrolled full-time in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral level and that I am at least a current sophomore; that I have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; and that I am available to participate in the MLEF program from June 3, 2019 to August 9, 2019.


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