Applications now open for 2023-24 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Applications are open now for the 2023-2024 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship.

The AEF program provides unique opportunities for accomplished K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educators to serve 11 months in a federal agency or U.S. Congressional office. Einstein Fellows bring their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to their host offices to inform federal STEM education efforts. To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens who currently are employed full time in a U.S. public or private elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years in a STEM discipline.

Einstein Fellows gain knowledge, resources, and broader perspectives on national educational issues that can then be brought back to the classroom or to leadership positions in their districts or elsewhere. Einstein Fellows bring their expertise, practical insights, and real-world experience as classroom teachers to Congress and to branches of federal government in an effort to contribute to the educational outcomes of research, award, and instructional programs at the sponsoring agencies.

Program applications must be submitted by November 18, 2022, at 8 p.m. EST through the online application system. Additional information about the program, including eligibility requirements, program benefits, application requirements and access to the online application system may be found at

The Einstein Fellowship program is administered by DOE–Office of Science and coordinated by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). Current sponsoring agencies include the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Defense (DOD), the Library of Congress (LOC), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the US Geological Survey (USGS), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In addition to sponsoring placements at DOE headquarters, DOE sponsors up to five placements in U.S. Congressional offices.

Professional development opportunities for Einstein Fellows include chances to attend hearings and briefings on Capitol Hill and to attend and participate in panel discussions held at national organizations. Fellows also participate in other activities, including visits to resources such as the Smithsonian Institution, National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), and the Library of Congress (LOC).

Some outstanding contributions of current and past Einstein Fellows include:

  • Implementing major components of national STEM education programs;
  • Initiating collaborations and partnerships among Federal agencies;
  • Advising on policies that seek to improve K-12 education in the United States;
  • Creating web-based science education tools; and
  • Establishing and evaluating national and regional programs centered on diversity and equity reform and teacher retention and preparation in STEM.


The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is a U.S. Department of Energy asset that is dedicated to enabling critical scientific, research, and health initiatives of the department and its laboratory system by providing world-class expertise in STEM workforce development, scientific and technical reviews, and the evaluation of radiation exposure and environmental contamination. ORISE is managed by ORAU, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit

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Michael Holtz