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.
The mission of the MLEF program is to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals, and this program has mentored several hundred of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in STEM.
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. During these 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. 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.
Information for Applicants to the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship
This section provides details on eligibility for the program, the application process, and all of the required information needed to be considered for the program. Applicants should read this section before starting the application.
Selected Fellows: Appointment Overview
Information for Current Fellows in the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship
Once selected for the MELF program, it is important that you carefully review this section which should address many of the questions you may have regarding your participation in the MLEF program.
Meet a Fellow: Research Experiences at MLEF
In the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Emily Ghosh synthesized and characterized thin films with the overall goal of improving the structure of solid oxide fuel cells. Read more about Emily…
Mentor Information and Responsibilities
Information for Mentors
Mentorship is the foundation of a successful education program. Here’s helpful information as you prepare for the arrival of your fellow.