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Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Fellowships support EERE's mission in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities.

The objective of the EERE Postdoctoral Fellowships is to create the next generation of scientific leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy by attracting the best scientists and engineers to pursue breakthrough technologies in a highly prestigious postdoctoral research program. To meet this objective, EERE Fellows will have access to unique education and training opportunities, top scientists in their field, and state-of-the-art projects and equipment. As a result, innovative technologies will be developed that will have a real impact on the economy by providing energy efficient and affordable technologies; in the environment by providing clean energy technologies; and in the quality of life for all Americans by enhancing their energy choices.

Applications are now available
The application deadline is June 30, 2011

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) works to strengthen the United States' energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality in public-private partnerships. EERE's research and development mission is supported by a portfolio of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

The EERE Postdoctoral Fellowships are sponsored by the following EERE Programs:

Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy

Research opportunities will be awarded to qualified applicants to work on collaborative applied research of mutual interest to the applicant, the host facility, and the EERE Program sponsoring the Fellowship.

The Fellowship award will provide an annual stipend, allowances for health insurance and research-related expenses, and limited reimbursement for relocation expenses. An Annual Research Meeting for Fellows will be organized and hosted by EERE. The EERE Postdoctoral Fellowships are administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) in collaboration with EERE. ORISE is responsible for the implementation of the program, processing applications, the review and notification processes, and management of payments to Fellows.

Fellowships are for two years. Fellows will receive the following benefits during each Fellowship year:

Postdoctoral Stipend

Fellows will receive a yearly stipend of $65,000. Stipend payments will be made monthly via electronic funds transfer into a single financial account.

Health Insurance

A stipend supplement will be provided to cover the cost of the individual or family health insurance plan offered by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), which includes medical coverage and a prescription drug plan.

Relocation Travel

Relocation expenses, not to exceed $5,000, incurred in relocating from the Fellow's current address to the vicinity of the research facility (if more than 50 miles from the address shown on the application form), may be reimbursed. Relocation expenses may include transportation, shipment of household goods within the United States, temporary lodging, and per diem. Reimbursements are governed by federal travel regulations and the ORISE Travel Policy.

Research Allowance

Fellows will receive a research allowance of $10,000 per Fellowship year to cover expenses related to their research and/or to scientific and professional development activities. The research allowance may be used for the following purposes:

Annual EERE Research Meeting

The Fellow's travel and accommodations to an Annual Research Meeting will be provided. This meeting will be organized and hosted by EERE. The first meeting is tentatively scheduled for 2012.

All application materials must be submitted by June 30, 2011. For documents submitted by postal mail, this is a postmark deadline.

Guidelines for Submitting an Application

  1. Familiarize yourself with the Fellowship benefits, obligations, eligibility requirements, and evaluation criteria.

    Familiarize yourself with the requirements and obligations to determine whether your education and professional goals are well aligned with the EERE Postdoctoral Fellowships. Read the Evaluation Criteria that will be used to evaluate your application. It is your responsibility to ensure that sufficient details are provided in your application to address these criteria.

  2. Review the list of research topics.

    Fellowships will be awarded to applicants interested in pursuing applied research in topics of interest to the EERE Programs sponsoring the Fellowship. Review the topics closely to find topics that best match your research interest.

  3. Identify research facilities and potential research mentors currently conducting or directing research in an area related to the research topic selected.

    Note that some projects are affiliated with specific research facilities and mentors. In those cases, facility/mentor information is provided with the research topic. Communicate directly with the research mentor before writing a proposal and submitting an application. See Research Mentors for detailed information about the expectations and responsibilities of research mentors.

  4. Discuss research proposal with selected research mentor and obtain approval from research mentor to submit an application.
  5. Gather application materials and submit all application components by June 30, 2011.

    To ensure that your application is submitted correctly and on time, allow sufficient time to gather necessary information and provide your responses. See Application Components for a detailed description of all the documents needed to complete the application package and instructions for the submission of these documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. A checklist of the application componentsPDF will assist you in gathering the information necessary to complete the application package.

Contact the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) at to check the receipt status of your application and of the application components submitted on your behalf.

This EERE Postdoctoral Fellowships has lot of benefits such that it can help to create the next generation of scientific leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy by attracting the best scientists and engineers. And therefore they can easily get their postdoctoral degree.
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