ARPA- E Fellows


ARPA-E Fellows Job Opening (Spring 2022)

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.


The following qualifications are required:

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • PhD. (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.


  • 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:

Spring Cycle:

Jan 31, 2022 Written Applications Due
February 2022 Semi-Finalist Phone Interviews
Mar/April 2022 Final Round Interviews
Late April 2022 Offers Extended

Fall Cycle:

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


The written application consists of:

  • Responses to application questions.
  • 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 with the words “ARPA-E Fellows” in the subject heading.

Apply to be a Fellow at Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed. Please submit your application by January 31, 2022 11:59 PM ET.

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