Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program – Apply by Dec. 21st!

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)


For 20 years, the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program has provided students with opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE). The program was created in 1995 with the goal of improving opportunities for under-represented students in the STEM fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. This program has mentored several hundred of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) and provided insight into how the DOE is working to meet the energy challenges of the future.

The mission of the MLEF program is to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals.   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 attend a “Technical Forum” where they will present their research findings and tour a nearby technical site (location of the technical forum changes every year).

Before starting the application, please read through this information to ensure you are eligible for the program and are aware of all the required information needed to be considered.


  • 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
  • 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.
  • Available to participate in the full 10-week program

Important Dates

Below are the important dates for the 2016 program.

  • Application Deadline: December 21, 2015 (Applications must by SUBMTTED by the application deadline).  Letters of Reference only will be accepted until January 4, 2016
  • Candidates Notified of Selection: April 15, 2016
  • Program Dates: June 6 to August 12, 2016
  • Kickoff Meeting/Orientation: June 13, 2016 in Washington, DC
  • Technical Forum: August 7-12, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA

How to Apply

The MLEF application process is a two-part process.

  1. The online application: Go to https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/1428 to start the application process.  You will need to upload your unofficial transcripts, upload a resume, and provide contact for two individuals who can provide you with a reference.  Documents must be uploaded in PDF format. Your online application must be submitted by the application deadline listed above.  Once you submit your online application, you can no longer make changes to the information provided.
  2. References:  You will need to have two individuals submit references for you.  Please note that your reference will not be e-mailed with instructions until you submit your online application. Refer to the section below for more details.


Once you submit your application, the references you listed will receive an auto-generated e-mail from the Zintellect system with instructions on how to submit a reference on your behalf.  It is your responsibility to communicate with your references to determine if they received instructions on how to submit a recommendation.  Two references must be received by Monday, January 4th.  Please note that your application must be submitted by the application deadline of December 21st.  The later date only applies to your references.

Technical Assistance

If you or your references experience any technical difficulties with the online system, please contact Barbara Dunkin, Program Specialist, at barbara.dunkin@orau.org.


The MLEF program provides stipends to Fellows based on the following scale:

  • Current undergraduate students receive a weekly stipend of $600
  • Current Master’s students receive a weekly stipend of $750
  • Current Ph.D students receive a weekly stipend of $850

Some participants may be authorized to receive an additional allowance to offset the cost of housing and travel expenses.  This allowance may not cover the full cost of housing or travel to the program site.


Selections are based on a student’s qualifications and the needs of the host site. Proximity to the host is not factored during the selection process. The 10-week summer program may place students at one of several possible FE sites including:

  • Department of Energy Headquarters, Washington, DC and Germantown, MD
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA; Morgantown, WV; Albany, OR
  • Strategic Petroleum Reserve, New Orleans, LA; and other SPR sites in LA and TX
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
  • Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
  • Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM

Orientation/Technical Forum

Fellows will be required to attend all orientation activities, which may include travel to a meeting location other than their appointment site. At the conclusion of the program, Fellows are required to attend a week-long Technical Forum where they will present their research findings and participate in all other scheduled Forum activities (the location of the Technical Forum changes every year). Travel costs for required events will be covered by the program.



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