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Fellowships and Postdoctoral Research Awards

SunShot fellowships provide an opportunity for scientists, engineers, and researchers to lead and improve projects to meet the goals of the SunShot Initiative. All fellows are assigned to policy-related projects and mentored by senior EERE staff. SunShot fellowships are paid positions, and are administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) in collaboration with the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

SunShot postdoctoral awards are geared to foster the next generation of scientific leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy. They provide Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities. SunShot postdoctoral researchers have access to unique education and training opportunities, top scientists in their field, and state-of-the-art projects and equipment. Postdoctoral awards are also administered by ORISE in collaboration with EERE.

Application Information


There are four types of fellowships for recent graduates and experienced scientists and engineers. Click through to find more information and to apply:

Postdoctoral Awards

Postdoctoral researchers receive an annual stipend, allowances for health insurance and research-related expenses, and limited reimbursement for relocation expenses. Learn more about current research topics and apply today.

A variety of other internships, fellowships, and scholarships are available through EERE. Learn more.

Meet SunShot's Fellows

AAAS Fellows
  • Michael Contreras joined SunShot in September 2013 motivated by the office's unique approach to drive down the cost of solar energy through strategic technology investments.  He is currently developing an innovative challenge platform that leverages solar data assets to rapidly generate scalable startups.  Additionally, he employs risk analysis methods to advise funding opportunities that will potentially reduce across-the-board system integration costs.  Most recently, Michael was a spacecraft structural analyst at the Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) advancing the technology readiness of innovative aerodynamic decelerator systems funded by NASA.  He holds a B.S. and M.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Rice University.

  • Dave Rench McCauley joined the SunShot Initiative in September 2014, attracted to the office by the level of technical rigor applied in the office every day and its highly quantitative approach to improving the adoption of solar energy in America. He works on a broad array of technical and policy-related issues, including a solar workforce training initiative and reliability concerns in photovoltaic materials and systems. Dave received his Ph. D. in condensed matter physics in 2013 from Penn State University. For his graduate work, Dave developed novel III-V GaAs-based ferromagnetic semiconductor materials and studied artificial spin ice device phenomena. He received his B.S. in physics from Miami University, where he developed instrumentation and software for measuring novel cuprate superconductors.

  • Shree Mishra joined the SunShot team in September 2014.  She was attracted to the SunShot Initiative's aims to make solar energy cost competitive with conventional energy resources by 2020. The commitment and dedication of the SunShot team to deploy clean solar energy in America was especially attractive to Shree, who is deeply interested in the development of clean renewable energy to help address climate concerns while meeting the energy needs of our complex society. Shree is currently working on various scientific, techno-economic and policy related projects within SunShot such as solar forecasting improvements to increase dispatchability of solar, grid integration, work force training and international strategic plans for solar.  Shree has a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Nevada, Reno.  Before coming to SunShot she was a postdoctoral researcher in NOAA's National Severe Storms Lab and was involved in various observational studies using multi-sensor, multi-platform approach to improve understanding of atmospheric processes and climate change. Her research background is in cloud microphysics, cloud-radiation interaction, aerosol -cloud interaction, atmospheric remote sensing and airborne measurements. Shree has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Madras, India.

SunShot Fellows
  • Stephanie Johnson joined as a SunShot fellow in September 2014, working primarily with the photovoltaics and technology-to-market teams to explore program success metrics and methods for accelerating the transition of lab-scale innovations into commercialized products. Prior to joining SunShot, Stephanie worked for Croda, Inc. investigating the applications and scalable production of nanomaterials. Stephanie also served as a visiting scholar for the LeBlanc lab in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department at the George Washington University, investigating how material properties can be maintained in large scale, cost effective manufacturing methods. Stephanie holds a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Drexel University, where she researched the influence of size, shape, and interfacial coupling on the physical properties of single-component and core-shell multi-component nanostructures.

  • Avi Shultz joined as a SunShot fellow in October 2013, working primarily on the CSP team to help determine how cost-analysis metrics can guide technical development of next-generation CSP technology. Before coming to SunShot, Avi was an NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) Rubicon postdoctoral fellow at the University of Amsterdam, where he worked on developing supramolecular strategies for photocatalytic water-splitting for solar fuel applications. Avi holds a B.A from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University, where he conducted research on the synthesis of catalytically active metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and related porous materials.

SunShot Junior Fellows
  • Anna Brockway is a SunShot junior fellow interested in both the technical and policy aspects of solar energy. Anna is SunShot's point-of-contact on shared solar business models and community-based approaches to solar deployment. Anna is also working to improve forecasting metrics to better predict the temporal and spatial availability of solar resources. Previously, Anna contributed to an effort targeted at achieving a deeper understanding of the chemical and physical reliability of solar system components. Anna joined the SunShot program in January 2013 and holds a B.S. in chemistry from Haverford College. At Haverford, her research focused on computational physical chemistry modeling related to alternative energy and sustainability technologies.

  • Erik Landry joined the SunShot team in September 2014 as a junior fellow interested in understanding the cohesive economic, political, and technological landscape of solar energy and the implications it holds for future deployment.  Erik currently works with the concentrating solar power team, managing system cost analysis efforts and exploring alternative applications for solar thermal energy.  Before joining Sunshot, Erik worked at Argonne National Laboratory on increasing the material efficiencies of thin film organic photovoltaic cells and understanding the molecular morphologies therein using grazing incidence wide angle x-ray scattering.  Erik holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Chicago.