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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 the next round of this program.

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

Meet SunShot's Fellows

AAAS Fellows

Ryan Stolley
B.S. Fort Lewis College, Chemistry (2008); Ph.D. University of Utah, Organic Chemistry (2013); SunShot Program(s): Soft-Costs and Technology-to-Market
Ryan Stolley joined the SunShot Initiative in September 2015. He works on a broad array of technical and policy-related projects working primarily with the technology-to-market and soft-costs teams. Ryan was attracted to SunShot Initiative’s holistic approach to making solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity. While technically inclined, Ryan is passionate about issues with a focus on human capital such as a solar workforce training, providing solar power to low- to moderate-income and underrepresented communities, and other non-hardware hindrances to solar deployment. Prior to joining SunShot, Ryan was a post-doctoral research associate at the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where his work focused on homogenous catalysts for the electrochemical activation of hydrogen for energy storage and solar fuels applications. Ryan received his Ph.D. in chemistry in 2013 from the University of Utah where he developed a number of new reactions for the synthesis of heterocyclic organic compounds.

SunShot Fellows

Brion Bob
B.A. Harvard Physics (2009); Ph.D. UCLA Materials Science (2014); SunShot Program(s): Photovoltaics Research and Development
Brion Bob joined the SunShot Initiative in January 2015, and works primarily within the Photovoltaics Research and Development program. His interests revolve around supporting the development of a national research portfolio that is conducive to maintaining manufacturing competitiveness while training the next generation of industrial researchers. Brion holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, where his graduate studies were focused on the areas of thin film solar cell fabrication and device physics, with additional work dedicated to investigating new contact structures and junction architectures.

Kyle Fricker
B.S. University of Florida, Chemical Engineering (2008); Ph.D. Columbia University, Earth and Environmental Engineering (2014); SunShot Program(s): Technology to Market
Kyle Fricker joined SunShot in February 2015 as a member of the Technology to Market (T2M) team. He is inspired by the potential of solar to democratize our energy system and de-carbonize the economy, and was attracted to SunShot’s mission of reaching unsubsidized grid parity by 2020. At SunShot he helps run the Incubator funding opportunity within T2M as well as facilitates the Finance and Business Models working group of the National Community Solar Partnership—an effort to increase access to solar to new demographics and geographies. Prior to SunShot, Kyle co-founded Divvy Power LLC (“Divvy”), an online platform that facilitates the development of community clean energy projects via matchmaking with local professionals and crowdsourcing of necessary capital. Under his leadership, Divvy hosted two pilot projects raising roughly $10,000 from 93 individuals for off-grid solar at a school and community garden in the Bronx, NY. While completing his Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University, Kyle’s research elucidated the fundamental chemistry of a combined CO2 capture and storage process based on Mg(OH)2. He authored three peer-reviewed journal articles, a book chapter, and a United States patent application in addition to presenting at numerous international research conferences. Also during his graduate studies, Kyle was a Fellow at Columbia Technology Ventures—the university technology transfer office—where he assessed the commercial viability of new technologies. 

Emanuele Pecora
B.S. University of Catania, Italy, Physics (2004); Ph.D. University of Catania, Italy, Physics (2010); SunShot Program(s): Technology-to-Market 
Emanuele is a SunShot Science and Technology Policy Fellow since May 2016. He supports the creation, negotiation, execution, and monitoring of Funding Opportunity Announcements for large companies and start-ups with the goal of creating and commercializing new innovation in the solar community. Before joining Sunshot, he was a PostDoc at Stanford University (2013-2016) and Boston University (2011-2013) working on the interaction between light and matter, with a particular interest on light emission from semiconductor nanostructures, and the use of nanostructures and metamaterials to increase solar cells performances. He is author or co-author of more than 40 scientific papers, presented his works at more than 20 international scientific conferences, and published a book on his research activity. He is a reviewer for more than 30 scientific journals and mentor of young students. Emanuele holds a Ph.D. in Physics (University of Catania, Italy, 2010). He was awarded a full scholarship for his Master program at the Scuola Superiore di Catania (top 1% of his class). Over the years, Emanuele also developed leadership and management skills. He is the founder and first organizer of a TEDx event, he was President of his Alma Mater Alumni Association, and facilitator for a class on communication and management at Stanford University. His passion about innovation brought him to volunteer for the Stanford Office of Technology Licensing, where he assessed the business model for new technologies. He was also a communication coach for start-ups in the StartX accelerator.

SunShot Junior Fellows

Erin Cheese
B.S. Creighton University, Energy Science; Applied Physical Analysis (2015); SunShot Program(s): Photovoltaics Research and Development and Soft Costs
Erin Cheese joined the SunShot team in August 2015 as a Junior Fellow. She is interested in understanding the economic and technical challenges impeding wide spread adoption of solar energy. Erin was inspired to join the SunShot Initiative by the office’s mission to make solar fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020. She works on a variety of projects including the STEP solar workforce training initiative and National Community Solar Partnership, as well as a project to understand the impact of government research funding on the acceleration of the solar industry. Erin is particularly interested in making solar affordable and accessible to all Americans regardless of income or roof accessibility.  Prior to joining SunShot, Erin served on the Nebraskans for Solar board of directors. She received her B.S. in Energy Science and Applied Physical Analysis from Creighton University, where she researched thin-film copper sulfides as potential transparent conducting materials for photovoltaic applications.