EM STARS 2024 Application

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) Success Through Academic and Research Scholarship (STARS) program provides opportunities for undergraduate students from Minority Serving Institutions pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and supports EM research and operations in:

  • Advanced Manufacturing and other Mfg. Disciplines
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity
  • Deactivation & Decommissioning
  • Machine Learning
  • Robotics
  • Soil & Groundwater
  • Tank Waste

Why should I apply?

As a STARS scholar, you will receive…

  • Financial support for the pursuit of a related academic degree.
  • Paid summer internships under the guidance of an accomplished mentor at EM headquarter offices, field offices, and DOE national laboratories.
  • Opportunities to engage with the EM community (e.g., EM field sites, contractors, stakeholders) and other STARS Scholars.
  • Continued engagement with EM after graduation through employment opportunities or postgraduate appointments, in addition to academic and career guidance.

What will I do?

EM STARS provides support for you to pursue an undergraduate degree and/or a master’s degree depending upon program continuation, and the Office of Environmental Management (EM) seeks to continue engagement with students upon completion of the program, preferably as EM employees. Internship activities will introduce you to the missions, functions, operations, and culture of EM and the hosting site. You can choose the area you are most interested in for the summer! As part of your application, you will identify your top 3 research areas.

You will gain relevant experience in your field of study or expand knowledge in areas of interest. Upon graduation, you will have a greater understanding of the EM mission and its science and technology needs and be highly prepared to apply and be selected for employment with EM.

What are the benefits?

  • Tuition Allowance: $36,000/academic year (Amount is based on expected average cost. The tuition allowance may be higher based on student’s actual tuition costs.)
  • Stipend: $32,000/academic year
  • Education Allowance: $5,000/scholarship year
  • Summer Internship: 10-week (onsite) internship
    • Stipend: $750/week
    • Housing Allowance: Up to $700/week based on assigned location
    • Local Transportation: $50/week
    • Inbound/Outbound: $1,000 to be paid as a lump-sum with the first stipend payment


  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • Be 18 years of age by June 1, 2024.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student at an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI) during the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • Have completed two years towards an undergraduate degree and graduating no earlier than the end of the Spring 2025 semester/trimester. Students who have completed more than two years towards their undergraduate degree may be considered if they have completed an internship with the Office of Environmental Management since May 2022.
  • Pursuing a STEM degree in a discipline that supports the Office of Environmental Management research and operations.

How to Apply

Details about the application and supporting materials can be found at https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DOE-EM-STARS-2024.



Applications are due January 22, 2024, 8:00 AM EST.

Recommendations are due January 29, 2024, 8:00 AM EST.


For more information

Contact us at EM-STARS@orise.orau.gov.


Attend the EM STARS Informational Webinar!!!

December 7, 2023 | 2:00 PM EST




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