Website Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Location: United States (Hybrid)


The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship program funds recent graduates and energy professionals to support critical energy organizations to advance clean energy solutions that will help decarbonize the power system, electrify transportation and industry, and make the U.S. power system more resilient, equitable and inclusive.

The program recruits candidates from diverse backgrounds to spend up to two years at eligible host institutions, which this year include:

  • Electric public utility commissions in the United States and U.S. territories
  • Electric cooperatives and municipal utilities
  • Puerto Rican essential energy organizations
  • Tribal utilities
  • Inter-Tribal councils and other Tribal organizations
  • Grid operators

Innovator Fellows receive a stipend to support their participation in the Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship program and an allowance for education and professional development opportunities.

The goal of the program is to increase access to clean energy career opportunities across the country and accelerate the national transition to resilient and affordable clean energy.

Who Should Apply?

The fellowship is open to recent bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctoral graduates and early career professionals. Fellowship candidates must demonstrate an interest in areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and/or sustainable transportation technology and policy; electric grid resilience and modernization; Puerto Rico grid recovery and modernization; and Tribal energy resilience. Fellows serve one-year terms and have the option to renew for a second year. Fellows receive a competitive stipend with health benefits and an education allowance to support their professional development.
Selection Criteria:

For candidates, program criteria include motivation and their academic or professional qualifications.

Merit Review Criteria

  • Degree to which the candidate has the training and qualifications required to undertake the type of project in which they’ve indicated interest.
  • Degree to which the candidate’s application is clearly articulated, with appropriate levels of technical sophistication.
  • Degree to which the candidate is highly motivated and takes initiative.

Program Policy Factors

  • Applications may be selected to ensure diversity of the overall Innovator Fellows cohort (geographic diversity, demographic diversity, and a diversity of colleges and universities).
  • Applications may be selected that best reflect and support local communities in their host institution’s jurisdiction or service territory.

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