Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program is a 10-week summer research fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM majors. Participants complete a cutting-edge research project at one of the Department’s National Laboratories or DOE Headquarters in support of the Department’s mission to minimize the environmental impacts of energy resource recovery and use while working towards net-zero emissions.

The mission of the MLEF program is to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals, and this program has mentored nearly 1000 of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in the STEM workforce. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

As a MLEF participant, you will train under the mentorship of scientists and engineers while completing a mission-focused research project. During the 10-week appointment, you will receive a weekly stipend, and may be eligible for housing and travel allowances. You will also gain insight into how the Department of Energy is working toward an equitable and clean energy future.


  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8.
  • Be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college/university at the Associate, Bachelor’s, or Master’s level.
  • Must be deemed at least a college sophomore by your college/university at the time of application. Must have completed at least one year as a matriculated undergraduate student at the time of applying. Advanced Placement credits or other undergraduate credits obtained prior to undergraduate enrollment cannot be applied to meet the minimum one-year completion requirement.
  • Be available to participate in the full 10-week program.

Application Deadline:  1/23/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

How to Apply: https://orise.orau.gov/mlef/applicants/default.html

Virtual Information Sessions: https://orise.orau.gov/mlef/events/webinars.html

More information is available at https://orise.orau.gov/mlef/.

By Vanessa Jimenez
Vanessa Jimenez STEM Coordinator of Student Engagement and Industrial Outreach