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What is the DOE Scholars Program?The DOE Scholars Program is a Department-wide program designed to create a pipeline of highly qualified talent in disciplinary fields that support mission critical areas of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE Scholars Program provides opportunities designed to introduce DOE missions, functions, and operations to talented undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates.  These opportunities will help prepare Scholars towards the full range of entry and mid-level research, technical and professional positions within DOE and other organizations that support the DOE mission. 


As a result, you will:

  • Gain insight and experience on DOE’s mission, culture and operations.

  • Showcase your education, talent and skills while contributing to the DOE’s mission and operations.

  • Enhance your preparedness for scientific, technological and policy related-careers.

  • Become part of a skilled workforce for the future that will benefit both the DOE and the overall global competitiveness of the nation.


The DOE Scholars Program may offer multiple opportunities during the year to accommodate the needs and schedule of individual sponsoring offices. Each opportunity listed below contains information about the sponsoring office(s), eligibility requirements and deadlines.


You may apply to multiple opportunities during the year.


To be eligible you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.

  • Be at least 18 years of age.

  • Meet one of the following conditions:

    • Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited institution of higher education.

    • Have completed an undergraduate (B.A., B.S. or equivalent) or graduate (M.S., DVM, Ph.D., or equivalent) degree within five years of the intended start date.

    • Be a U.S. military Veteran who has been honorably discharged and/or who has been medically discharged because of a service-connected disability and who received a college degree in an appropriate discipline within ten years of the desired start date.

    • Have completed a qualifying certificate program within one year of the desired start date. The qualifying certificate program must be offered by an accredited academic institution; must require a minimum of 30 semester credit hours or the equivalent; must be in an appropriate science, technology, engineering, or math discipline; and should be related to or complement a prior degree earned (bachelor’s degree or higher).

  • Be pursuing or have a degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline or a field that supports the DOE operations mission including but not limited to communications, management, business and law.


The DOE Scholars Program main competition opens in Fall. Additional opportunities may be offered during the year to accommodate the needs and schedule of individual sponsoring offices. These opportunities may have different eligibility requirements. To qualify for an opportunity, you must meet the eligibility requirements detailed for the opportunity in Zintellect. Open opportunities can be found here.


There are different deadlines and due dates for each scholarship offered, see website for full details.