DOE Scholars Program

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Overview of the DOE Scholars Program

Scientific research conducted through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports an improved quality of life for all Americans. With a mission focused on discovering solutions to power and to secure America’s future, DOE is committed to:

  • Energy security
  • Nuclear security
  • Scientific discovery and innovation
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Management excellence

What is the DOE Scholars Program?

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the mission and operations of the U.S. Department of Energy. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available for a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide.

The DOE Scholars Program presents you with the opportunity to explore a federal career with DOE at various stages in your education.

List of Disciplines

The U.S. Department of Energy seeks students and post-graduates for the DOE Scholars Program in the following disciplines:

  • Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Physics
  • Business
  • Policy
  • Program Management
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Safety and Health
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Operations research analysis
  • Communications
  • and other related areas

Am I Eligible?

To qualify for the DOE Scholars Program, you will need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • U.S. citizenship (verification will be required if selected), and at least 16 years of age (no exceptions).
  • Undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate of an accredited institute of higher education. Exceptions may be made on academic status on a case-by-case basis for summer appointments only.

This is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation or covered veteran’s status.


Why Should I Apply?

Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

  • Career possibilities with the nation’s leading sponsor for scientific research
  • Opportunities to learn from top scientists and subject matter experts
  • Undergraduate student stipend – minimum of $600 per week
  • Graduate student and post-graduate stipend – minimum of $650 per week
  • Inbound and outbound travel may be provided according to ORAU Travel Policies and the policies of the sponsoring federal agency.


For more information:



Contact the DOE Scholars Program

General Questions/Information

Current DOE Scholars

Denise Young, Program Specialist
Phone: (865) 576-1491
Fax: (865) 576-4197

Current or Prospective Sponsors/Mentors

Igrid Rosario Gregory, Group Manager
Phone (865) 576-8239

Travel Questions/Information

SAWD Travel Team
Phone: 865-576-6500
Fax: 865-574-6563



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