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SunShot Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

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). Applications are due each year on January 15 and June 15.

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:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with two annual review dates: January 15 and June 15. Download the fellowship flier

Meet SunShot's Fellows 
AAAS Fellows

Jonathan Trinastic
B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Psychology (2005); Ph.D. University of Florida, Physics (2015); SunShot Program(s): Photovoltaics
Jonathan joined the SunShot team as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in September 2016. He is interested in developing efficient ways of joining multiple stakeholders together to overcome the technical and non-technical barriers to solar energy development. He currently assists the Photovoltaics team with the Photovoltaic Research and Development funding programs and the DuraMat consortium, which brings together expertise from national laboratories and industry to increase the rate of material development for solar technology. In addition, he is working on a project to evaluate the impact of SunShot funding on solar energy research and development using quantitative metrics and data analytics. Jonathan is also committed to understanding the holistic challenges related to solar deployment, including grid integration issues and empowering human capital in the solar industry. His past research focused on the use of computational models and high-performance supercomputing to understand the nanoscale structure and electronic behavior in organic solar cells, tunnel junctions, and graphene. He has also worked with large collaborations to improve glass coatings for mirrors used in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). In addition to these research interests, Jonathan continues his passion for science communication through online science writing and outreach.

SunShot Fellows

Casey Canfield
B.S. Olin College of Engineering, Engineering: Systems (2010); Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, Engineering & Public Policy (2016); SunShot Program: Soft Costs
Casey joined the SunShot Initiative as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in November 2016. She is particularly interested in utility-facing programs, which range from inspiring market innovations to improving power systems education. She is also involved in a cross-cutting team focused on improving program evaluation within SunShot. Broadly, Casey is interested in using social science to solve technical problems. Prior to joining SunShot, Casey earned a Ph.D. in Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Her graduate research used experiments and simulations to quantify human behavior and improve the effectiveness of behavioral interventions in cybersecurity and the energy industry. She has published research related to consumer decision-making, engineering education, and citizen engagement.

Jack Hoskins
B.S. Wesleyan University, Government; M.P.A. Princeton University, concentration in Economic Policy (2017); SunShot Subprogram: Soft Costs
Jack joined SunShot as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in July 2017. He is interested in studying ways to lower the cost of capital for solar projects and in methods for increasing solar access among low income customers. Within the soft costs team, Jack works on community solar and on solar finance projects. Prior to joining SunShot, he studied economic policy at Princeton, where he consulted for regional energy organizations on proposing a community solar program for New Jersey. Before graduate school, Jack worked with solar startups in India and investigated major economic crimes at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He is originally from Olympia, Washington.

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.


Postdoctoral Awards

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. The 2017 application process has ended. Please check back for the 2018 deadline.

Application Information 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.


Solar Energy Innovators Program

The Solar Energy Innovators Program funds researchers to examine innovative solutions to the challenges utilities, energy service providers, and public utilities commissions face as they adapt to a system with increasing levels of solar and other distributed energy resources. Innovators selected for the program conduct hands-on, practical research and development on-site at a utility, energy service provider, or PUC host institution.

Application Information

Applicants should have recently obtained a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree or be mid-career experts in fields relevant to electricity generation/transmission/distribution. Relevant fields include but are not limited to science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, economics, business, and law.

Applications are due January 8, 2018. Click here to apply.


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