ARPA-E Fellowships

ARPA-E is looking for the next generation of scientific leaders to help solve the most pressing and exciting challenges in energy. The Fellows assist the agency in identifying possible breakthrough energy technologies through technical and economic analyses. During their two-year tenure, ARPA-E Fellows influence the direction of American energy innovation, engaging with world-class researchers in academia and industry, entrepreneurs, and government officials. Prior experience in energy and/or commercialization is not necessary.


Independent energy technology development

  • Perform primary technical and economic analyses to identify high‑impact technologies and white spaces for the agency.
  • Learn from and brainstorm with experts in a variety of fields.
  • Publish original research papers and reviews.
  • Attend and present at conferences.

Program Director support

  • Help develop future programs through technical analysis, discussions, debate, and workshops.
  • Support existing programs through technical and economic analyses and on-site visits to current project teams.

Organizational support

  • Develop technical content for the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit.
  • Contribute to the strategic direction and vision of the agency.
  • Review proposals for funding opportunities.

ARPA-E Fellows do not perform laboratory research or directly engage in policymaking.


  • Ph.D. in science or engineering. Students who expect to complete their Ph.D. within the next year are also encouraged to apply.
  • Strong analytical, research, and communication skills.
  • Ability to initiate independent projects and work across disciplines.
  • Passion to change the world through energy technology research and development.
  • U.S. citizenship.

Employment details:

  • Fellows typically have a 2-year term at ARPA-E.
  • Duty station is ARPA-E headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • Fellows receive a budget for professional development and travel.
  • Fellows are full-time federal employees, are paid a competitive salary, and receive full benefits.