Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists Funding

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The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) has been a key player for over 60 years in preparing a highly skilled and diverse workforce to tackle challenges in energy, national security, and the environment. Leveraging the resources of the DOE's 17 national laboratories, WDTS offers unparalleled opportunities for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce development.

Through rigorous evaluation and best practices, WDTS stands out in the STEM community, providing high-quality programs at pre-college, postsecondary, and graduate levels. Thousands of students and educators from across the nation, including Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, and the District of Columbia, participate in WDTS programs annually.

The six core programs of WDTS cover faculty and undergraduate students, offering experiences at DOE national labs. Programs like Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI), Community College Internships (CCI), and Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) aim to turn STEM learning into STEM careers. Graduate students benefit from the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR), collaborating with national lab scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research.

WDTS extends its reach to K-12 educators and students through initiatives like the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) and the National Science Bowl (NSB). By fostering collaboration between educators and leading researchers, WDTS is actively shaping the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technical professionals.

Several funding sources are now available for application such as the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program and  Community College Internships (CCI) Program. Applications are due January 9, 2024 at 5:00 PM ET. Click here to apply.

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