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ARPA-E Fellow

Washington, DC
Closing date
Sep 28, 2023

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ARPA-E is looking for the next generation of scientists and engineers to help direct the future of American energy innovation. We are looking for creative thinkers to work on the most pressing and exciting challenges in energy. During their two-year tenure at ARPA-E headquarters in Washington D.C., Fellows conduct independent research and analysis into technological whitespaces, contribute to new program development, and engage with innovators in a variety of fields, including academia, industry, start-ups, and government. Fellows play a vital role in furthering ARPA-E’s mission of developing transformational energy technologies.   


  • Identify technological white spaces and conduct independent technoeconomic research and analysis.
  • Communicate findings internally at ARPA-E as well as at external meetings and conferences.
  • Develop original technical content for the annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit.
  • Publish research papers, reviews and/or perspective articles.
  • Contribute to new program development by working alongside Program Directors.
  • Attend program kickoffs, workshops, annual reviews, and site visits to current project teams.
  • Review proposals for existing funding opportunities.
  • Source new ideas and project teams for potential future funding opportunities.
  • Guide agency strategy by actively engaging in technical discussions and participating in a host of ARPA-E events.
  • Lead outreach activities and support a broad range of ARPA-E initiatives on an ad hoc basis.
  • Engage with researchers in academia, industry, and government as well as business professionals at start-ups and large corporations. 

Prior experience in energy-related research and/or commercialization is not required. ARPA-E Fellows do not perform laboratory research or directly engage in policymaking.


  • Ph.D. in science or engineering. Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. within the last 5 years OR plan to complete their Ph.D. within 1 year of applying to the position.
  • 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.


  • Fellows typically serve a two-year term at ARPA-E.
  • Fellows are based at ARPA-E headquarters in Washington, D.C. (fully remote work not possible).
  • Fellows receive a budget for professional development and travel.
  • Fellows are full-time federal employees, are paid a competitive salary, and receive full benefits.


  • Written application [applications accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed roughly once a month]
  • Phone interview: select candidates will be invited for a phone interview [notification within approximately six weeks of submitting written application]
  • Final round interview: select candidates will be invited for a final round in-person interview [scheduled within roughly six weeks of phone interview]

*All dates are approximate and subject to change.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

To apply to the ARPA-E Fellows Program, please respond thoughtfully to the prompts shown below and submit a cover letter, current CV, and contact information for three references.

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


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