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Fellows are early-career Ph.D. scientists and engineers who guide program creation, agency strategy, and outreach during their two-year tenure at ARPA-E. Scroll down to apply, and to learn more about what makes a successful Fellow, please visit ARPA-E’s career landing page.


The following qualifications are required:

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Ph.D. (or equivalent terminal degree) 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.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


  • Fellows typically have a 2-year term at ARPA-E.
  • Fellows are based at ARPA-E headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • Fellows are full-time federal employees, are paid a competitive salary, and receive full benefits.


The application portal generally opens twice per year:

Fall Cycle:

August 2022 Written Applications Due
Sept 2022 Semi-Finalist Phone Interviews
Oct/Nov 2022 Final Round Interviews
Late Nov 2022 Offers Extended


The written application consists of:

  • Responses to the prompts shown below
  • A cover letter discussing your interest in ARPA-E
  • A current CV
  • Contact information for three references

If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to reach out to us via email at [email protected] with the words “ARPA-E Fellows” in the subject heading.

Apply to this opportunity by clicking here. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed. Please submit your application by August 31, 2022 11:59 PM ET.