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Research Project Description

Science and Technology Policy Fellowships-Building Technologies Office-Emerging Technologies Program
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
Washington, DC

EERE-ORISE/STP - 2014-05

Project Description:

The Department of Energy’s EERE Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowships will serve as the next step in the educational and professional development of leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, providing an opportunity for scientists and engineers with relevant energy technology experience to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, in Washington, D.C.

The EERE STP Fellows will apply the expertise gained from advanced degrees and history of conducting research to new and ongoing EERE initiatives. As a result of their participation in the program, Fellows are expected to:

  • Gain deep insight into the federal government's role in the creation and implementation of policies that will affect energy technology development.
  • Contribute to the implementation of energy policies by applying their scientific and technical expertise to the development of solutions for problems in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • Continue their education and involvement in areas that support the EERE mission either in a technical or policy-related role.
  • Introduce policy-related knowledge and interest into research facilities supporting the EERE mission.

Buildings Fellows: Only post-doctoral Fellows are sought for this position.  Fellows will be assigned to technology and/or policy-related projects and will be mentored by senior EERE staff.  Applicants selected as a Buildings Fellow will assist the Emerging Technologies Program, within the Building Technologies Office (BTO) with the following:

  • Evaluating ongoing or proposed technology projects to identify potential impact
  • Reviewing scientific literature
  • Brainstorming with experts and DOE staff
  • Performing technical and financial analyses
  • Evaluating market and business opportunities and obstacles
  • Supporting existing programs within BTO
  • Developing and executing workshops
  • Reviewing proposals

Fellowships will be awarded to applicants based on academic level and experience. Fellows must be recent Ph.D. graduates who have held their Ph.D. degree for less than three years at the time of application.

Position requirements:

The STP Fellowships are for two years. The initial appointment period is one year. The extension of the appointment will be subject to satisfactory progress toward completion of project assignments, and availability of funds. Final decisions regarding the extension of the Fellowship for a second year will be made by the EERE  Program Manager. For more information, see


Required Qualifications for Buildings Fellows:

  • Hold a doctorate degree for no more than 3 years in science or engineering in an energy-related field of particular relevance to building technologies such as: building envelope, HVAC, water heating, appliances, lighting, building energy modeling, sensors and controls, etc.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) or be eligible for a J-1 visa, if a foreign national.
  • Have a superior academic performance and publication record.
  • Have strong analytical, research and oral and written communication skills and demonstrated capacity for creative thinking.
  • Have a strong technical background and expertise in an energy-technology related field.
  • Be interested in being part of a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment, focused on energy technology research and development.

Technical Questions:


Questions about these Fellowships can be addressed to:

How to Apply:

On the website, applicants can find the application form, the email to which to submit their applications, and other pertinent information.