Department of Energy Announces Fellows Program for Advanced Research Energy Projects

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) announced today the creation of the ARPA-E Fellows Program at an event with Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s students. ARPA-E Director, Dr. Arun Majumdar, made the announcement during a presentation to the MIT Energy Club and called on the next generation of energy leaders to join ARPA-E. Today’s announcement follows US Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s announcement that the Department is making $100 million in Recovery Act funding available to accelerate innovation in green technology, increase America’s competitiveness and create jobs.

“We need the best and the brightest to help shape our nation’s energy future,” said Dr. Majumdar. “The ARPA-E Fellows Program gives us the opportunity to invest in our up and coming researchers and entrepreneurs as we continue to look for creative and inventive approaches to transform the global energy landscape while advancing America's technology leadership.”

The ARPA-E Fellows Program will consist of highly technical scientists and researchers, who will actively help create the strategic direction and vision of the country’s first agency devoted exclusively to transformational energy technology research and development. Fellows will support ARPA-E’s Program Directors in program creation, while also undertaking independent explorations of promising future research areas for the agency. Fellows will also engage with world class researchers and innovators to develop theses for high impact ARPA-E research program areas, prepare energy technology and economic analyses, and make recommendations to DOE senior management.

Program participants will be expected to have strong technical backgrounds and deep expertise in at least one energy technology related field. Senior Fellows should have more than three years of relevant work experience in energy innovation related fields, while Fellows will represent postdoctoral researchers and recent graduates with less than three years of work experience. Participants will be competitively selected from the best and the brightest up and coming researchers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. energy sector.

ARPA-E Fellow terms will not exceed two years. All ARPA-E Fellows and Senior Fellows are full-time federal employees paid at a competitive salary.

Interested candidates should visit to learn more.