U.S. Department of Energy

Office of International Climate Change Policy and Technology
Fellowship Program





About the Fellowship Position


The Office of International Climate Change Policy and Technology within the Office of International Affairs (IA) seeks a talented and committed person to support efforts related to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), which is a high-level forum to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy. Participating governments include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. More information can be found at www.cleanenergyministerial.org.


In particular, the Fellow will assist in the coordination and enhancement of two CEM clean energy initiatives focused on the electricity sector. The Fellow’s primary responsibility will be to help coordinate the 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP), which aims to enhance large-scale deployment of energy efficiency, demand response and variable renewable energy through smart policies and programs that leverage smart grid solutions and clean energy technologies. The Fellow will work closely with the three main bodies that support 21CPP activities: the Power Partnership Steering Group (PPSG), made up of representatives from CEM governments, the Public-Private Leadership Forum (PPLF), which coordinates with private-sector stakeholders, and the 21CPP Operating Agents (OAs), most notably, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  More information can be found at http://www.21stcenturypower.org/ and http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/OurWork/Initiatives/21stCenturyPower.aspx.

The Fellow will also support the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), a CEM initiative to advance the development and deployment of smarter, cleaner electricity grids around the world. ISGAN is related to 21CPP but more focused on smart grid systems themselves. Structured as an Implementing Agreement under a framework of the International Energy Agency (IEA), ISGAN pursues a number of interrelated but distinct projects that seek to improve global understanding of the value and benefits that smart grids can enable, address gaps in knowledge and tools, and improve peer-to-peer exchange of emerging best practices. The Fellow will support specific ISGAN projects, especially those that seem likely to intersect 21CPP activities. These may include, for example, ISGAN’s current projects on institutional change management for smart grids and benefit-cost methodologies and tools for smart grid investments.  More information on ISGAN can be found at http://www.iea-isgan.org and www.cleanenergyministerial.org/OurWork/Initiatives/SmartGrid.aspx.

The Fellow will collaborate with technical experts both inside and outside of DOE, international counterparts, and contractors. Depending on the interests of the Office of International Climate Change Policy and Technology, the Fellow may also contribute to other international climate change and clean energy activities as necessary. This could include helping DOE to perform its duties as CEM Secretariat or helping with other CEM initiatives or work streams that DOE leads or co-leads. It could also include other international activities not related to the CEM, such as its engagement with the G8, G20 and/or the IEA.

Accepted Disciplines: Undergraduate (BS/BA) or Graduate (MS/MA or PhD) degree in public policy, international relations, engineering, physical sciences, and other related disciplines; degree must be within past five years

Location: Washington, D.C.

Length of Appointment: One year (full-time) with the possibility of extension for a second year

Benefits: Annual stipends range from $60,000 to $90,000 (depending on academic level and experience). Additional allowances for medical insurance or transportation may also be provided.