U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Energy Education & Workforce Development – EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards

Application Components

A complete application consists of the following documents.  Use this checklist to keep track of the required documents.

Application Form

A completed application form must be submitted via email to EEREpostdocs@orise.orau.gov.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

CV must be submitted as a single PDF file via email to EEREpostdocs@orise.orau.gov.  CV must include the following:

  • Applicant Information
  • Education History. List all institutions from which you received or expect to receive a degree beginning with current or most recent institution. Include the name of the academic institution, degree awarded or expected, date of awarded or expected degree, and academic discipline.
  • Work and Research Experience. List all work and research experiences beginning with current or most recent. Include the name of the employer, location, position held, and time period.
  • Leadership Experience. List experiences (e.g., work, civic, volunteer, research) that demonstrate your leadership skills. Detail your role, type of experience, organization, location, and duration.
  • Honors and Awards. List in chronological order (most recent first) any awards or public recognition. Include the name of awarding institution, title of the award or honor, and date of award or honor.
  • Publications. List publications in the following order: 1) referee journals; 2) books; 3) published proceedings; 4) non-refereed articles; and 5) patents. Citations must include a) authors; b) year of publication; c) title; d) full name of journal; e) volume number; and f) page number(s).

Research Proposal

  • The research proposal must address both the Core Research Project and the Innovation Project. See Research Proposals for detailed information of the research proposal requirements and expectations. The Core Research Proposal must be specific to the research topic listed in the application.
  • If you are applying to more than one research topic, submit a separate proposal for each. A proposal must be approved by the research mentor listed in the application with the selected research topic.
  • Distinguish between past research and proposed research.
  • Research proposal must be submitted as a single PDF document via email to EEREpostdocs@orise.orau.gov.

Letters of Reference

  • Applicant must forward the Letter of Reference form to two professional or scientific references familiar with the applicant's qualifications.
  • One of the letters of reference must be from the dissertation advisor.
  • Letters of Reference must be submitted directly by recommender to ORISE either by postal mail or email to the address included in the form.

Letter of Support from Potential Research Mentor

  • Applicant must forward the Letter of Support from Potential Research Mentor form to the research mentor listed in the application with the research topic.
  • The curriculum vitae of the potential mentor (two pages) must be submitted with Letter of Support form.
  • Letters of Support must be submitted directly by research mentor to ORISE either by postal mail or by email to the address included in the form. 

Confirmation of Graduation Date

This is required only of applicants currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program.
  • Letter from authorized academic official confirming the timeframe for graduation.
  • Letter must be printed on the academic institution letterhead and include the name of the applicant, date applicant is expected to complete the degree requirements or expected date of graduation, and signature of academic official.
  • Letter must be submitted directly by the academic institution to ORISE either by postal mail or email:

Email: EEREpostdocs@orise.orau.gov

Postal Mail:

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards, MS-36
P.O. Box 117
Oak Ridge, TN 37831

Transcripts

Transcripts from your current institution or from the institution that awarded the Ph.D. must be submitted directly to ORISE by the academic institution. Transcripts from foreign institutions must be accompanied by an English translation.

Transcripts may be submitted by the institution's registrar's office in either of the two methods below:

Email:

Electronic copies including official university/college markings may be sent via email to EEREpostdocs@orise.orau.gov on or before the application deadline. Personally identifiable information (PII) such as Social Security Numbers (partial or complete), dates of birth (partial or complete), and student IDs must be removed from all pages of the transcripts. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the institution does not send transcripts containing any of the above mentioned or other PII that, if lost or compromised, could cause serious harm (including identity theft) to the applicant.

Postal Mail: Transcripts must be postmarked on or before deadline and sent to:

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards, MS-36
P.O. Box 117
Oak Ridge, TN 37831