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Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Fellow: U.S. Department of Energy

STIPEND RANGE: $65,000 - $95,000 (and up - *Stipend rates are determined by DOE officials and are based on the candidate’s academic and professional background.)


·       Competitive stipend

·       Health insurance allowance

·       Up to $5,000 relocation reimbursement

·       Up to $10,000 research materials and travel allowance

·       Federal holidays observed

·       Hybrid participation options


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**Deadline: July 15th 11:59pm EST**

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology, and Policy (STP) Program is seeking to develop future leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. These EERE STP Program appointments provide an opportunity for highly talented scientists, engineers, and technical professionals (e.g., business analysts, graphic designers, informaticians) to participate in policy-related projects at EERE offices in Washington, DC. The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) drives research, manufacturing, and market solutions to make the abundant solar energy resources in the United States more affordable and accessible for Americans.

Applicants selected to participate will join the SETO team responsible for carrying out activities critical to the office's mission. SETO applications are reviewed (and offers are made) two times per year with an application deadline for this opportunity on July 15, 2024. All recommendations must be received by July 18, 2024, for your application to be considered. The application review process takes approximately 3-4 months. This Fellowship is typically offered as an initial one-year appointment with a second year offer to extend the appointment, contingent on an annual review. There is potential to extend the appointment for additional years under certain circumstances. All appointment extensions are made at the discretion of the sponsoring office. Your learning opportunities may include:

  • Collaborating with the active project management of SETO awards
  • Engaging with stakeholders across industry, national labs, universities, and more
  • Participating in strategic planning for SETO and other DOE initiatives
  • Analysis and generating reports on current topics within the solar industry

These activities may be carried out in collaboration with teams of multi-level federal employees, other participants, support service contractors, and experts from national laboratories.

SETO is seeking Fellows with background in the following areas, but may consider additional relevant backgrounds:

  • Photovoltaic technologies
  • Concentrating solar-thermal power technologies
  • Grid systems integration technologies
  • Solar siting, permitting, interconnection, and market analysis
  • Manufacturing and technology transfer
  • Energy and environmental justice
  • Access to financing, capacity building, and technical assistance
  • Workforce development
  • Scaling and accelerating deployment with meaningful benefits
  • Communications, graphic design, and stakeholder engagement

Stipend and Benefits

SETO offers a competitive stipend for participation in this program. While exact stipends can vary based upon academic and professional background, SETO anticipates candidates will start their Fellowship at the following stipend rates: Bachelor's at $65,000; Master's at $72,000; Ph.D. at $95,000. For those with significant academic background and/or professional experience following their degree, stipends will be determined on an individual basis.

This Fellowship also offers a range of additional benefits including: medical, dental, and vision insurance, a local transportation stipend, and federal holidays. Relocation expenses incurred in relocating from current address to Washington, D.C. will be reimbursed, in the amount of up to $5,000 (if more than 50 miles from the address shown on the application). Participants will receive a travel and research allowance of $10,000 per appointment year to cover expenses for scientific and professional development activities. Fellows may be offered a second-year extension with an increase in stipend and cost of living adjustment. Past Fellows have gone on to take a wide range of permanent positions in industry, academia, and government.

For more information about Fellowships with SETO in the EERE Science, Technology and Policy Program, please visit

Location: Washington, D.C.

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You must be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident and be pursuing, and have completed requirements for at start of appointment, a Bachelor’s, Master's, or Doctoral Degree.

Direct background in solar is not required for this opportunity, but strong candidates will have skill sets that can directly transfer to the mission of SETO and have an interest in developing a career in the solar industry beyond the Fellowship. SETO is interested in candidates with backgrounds including, but not limited to: physical and natural sciences, social science, engineering, policy, entrepreneurship, community and equity work. 

While not required, SETO is interested in bilingual candidates.


Questions? Email Please list the reference code [DOE-EERE-STP-SETO-2024-2100] for this opportunity in the subject line of your email.