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Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program

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For more than 20 years, the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program has provided students with fellowship opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. The MLEF program was created in 1995 with the goal of improving opportunities for under-represented students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields; however, all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Selected candidates train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects, consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. They also gain insight into how DOE is working to meet the energy challenges of the future. At the conclusion of the program, Fellows attend a “Technical Forum” where they present their research findings and tour a nearby technical site.

Award / Eligibility Details:

Applicants must 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 (Students pursuing an Associate’s degree are eligible to apply if transferring to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for fall semester following the fellowship); and be at least a college sophomore at the time of application. During the 10-week energy fellowships, participants receive a stipend, and some students may be eligible for housing and travel allowances for the duration of the program.

Deadline: Late December each year

Academic Level: Graduate, Post-Graduate, Undergraduate

Type/Purpose: Internship / Professional Development, Public Service Program, Research

Field of Study: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Location: United States

Citizenship eligibility: US Citizen, US National

Special Circumstances: Underrepresented Group

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