Federal and National Opportunities Week of January 22nd

Appalachian Regional Commission ACRI


Appalachian Collegiate Research Initiative (ACRI) applications due March 29, 2024.

ARC is seeking ACRI applicants for the fall 2024 semester. ACRI is an applied research training program for Appalachian college students to support economic development initiatives for their communities. Students of participating ACRI schools are enrolled in a for-credit academic course to design and lead research projects in Appalachian communities to address regional challenges. As a finale for the coursework, students and their faculty sponsors travel to Washington, D.C., to present their work to other student delegations, ARC leadership, and community leaders at the Appalachian Collegiate Research Initiative Capstone Symposium.



Department of Labor Job Shadow Day

OASAM/OHR will be hosting a Job Shadow Day for students in February. The in person Job Shadow Day is scheduled for February 2nd from 11 am to 4 pm ET and will be limited to 105 students. The virtual Job Shadow Day is scheduled for February 5th from 1 pm to 4 pm ET.


Please share this information with your contacts and networks. This will be a great opportunity for students to learn about federal employment and the Department of Labor.


See below for additional information regarding both events. Students may sign up using the QR code in the attached flyer or by clicking this link. Students should register by Friday, January 26, 2024.


View the flyer here: Job Shadow Day Flyer


U.S. Department of Transportation Mobility Equity Research Initiative

NOFO – Mobility Equity Research Initiative


Funding Opportunity Number:





$2.97 million

Cooperative Agreement

Institutes of higher education and 501(c)3 nonprofits

Tuesday, March 5, 2024




Millions of Americans have few or no transportation choices. The design of our cities, towns, suburbs, and neighborhoods, and investments in transportation infrastructure heavily influence peoples’ access to mobility choices. Decisions that federal, regional, state, local, and Tribal governments have made— including ones made decades ago—have shaped our current transportation landscape and as a result, in many parts of the United States driving a personal vehicle is the only mobility option. These decisions have also often caused disproportionate environmental and health impacts on low-income, minority, and underserved communities and deprived them of investments in accessible, affordable, low-carbon transportation options.


Research and technology advancements are needed to address these longstanding mobility inequities. Bringing together progress in enabling technologies like telecommunications, data analysis, and clean energy with innovations in connectivity, business models, and service design creates new opportunities for people to get where they need to go, when they want to get there, safely and at a price they can afford. Research and development of such technologies can expand access and improve mobility for all Americans.


Through this NOFO, U.S. DOT seeks to advance research and technologies that support the Department’s goal of expanding accessibility and mobility to underserved communities, including people with disabilities, older Americans, and rural and disadvantaged communities. Further, U.S. DOT is seeking proposals that will produce research results and tools that build on or complement existing data and systems such as those found on https://equity-data.dot.gov/.




EnergyTech University Prize Student Registration Deadline is February 1, 2024

There’s still time to compete in the EnergyTech University Prize 2024! Sponsored by the DOE Office of Technology Transitions, this $400,000+ collegiate competition challenges student teams to develop and present a business plan that leverages National Laboratory-developed or other emerging energy technologies. Plus, HFTO is proud to sponsor a $25,000 bonus prize to students presenting business plans around hydrogen and fuel cells.

Collegiate student competitors are encouraged to bring their remaining questions to the final informational webinar on January 23 at 4 p.m. ET.

The deadline for student teams to submit a 200-word summary idea is February 1, 2024. Register a team today!




Be the EPA Hiring Webinar

Be EPA Hiring Event

EPA is hosting a special hiring webinar on February 7 at 2:00 PM ET to support first-time applicants and those interested in learning about the federal hiring process. This event will feature EPA Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe, EPA hiring specialists, and other special guests.


The Be EPA Hiring Webinar is open to the public, and we encourage you to encourage faculty and administrators to invite their students by sharing this registration link with them: https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/1465684/share_preview


For job seekers who have never applied for a federal job before, no problem! This event is for them and will cover all things hiring at EPA, including:

How to navigate USAJOBS.gov and the federal hiring process,
Making their application as competitive as possible,
Unique hiring pathways available for students and recent grads,
And a LIVE Q&A section where our hiring specialists will answer questions!


From tackling the climate crisis to advancing environmental justice, what happens here changes our world. There has never been a more critical moment to join our team and be the one who protects human health and the environment.


If prospective participants have any questions, please connect with our EPA Careers Team at careers@epa.gov.


RSVP Link:




National Endowment for the Arts’ Grants for Arts Projects

Grants for Arts Projects provides expansive funding opportunities to strengthen the nation’s arts and culture ecosystem. Grants are available for arts projects in a wide variety of artistic disciplines. Visit the artistic disciplines webpage for each disciplines’ project types and accompanying application deadlines. Each discipline has identified the types of projects that are of greatest interest within this program as well as the characteristics of competitive proposals that provide the greatest opportunities for federal support to strengthen the nation’s arts and cultural ecosystem. Application Deadlines: February 15 and July 11, 2024 for projects taking place beginning in 2024.

Grants for Arts Projects guidelines
Applicant eligibility
Applicant resources


Please pass this information along to all faculty and staff involved with the arts within your university. Visit the artistic disciplines webpage to help guide who should join these important webinars. Our informational session on January 24 is specific to HBCUs and we look forward to having a conversation about the opportunities for funding at your historic institution.


Recent NEA Grants to HBCUs:

Alcorn State University   – Music – $15,000

To support musical performances and educational workshops at the Alcorn State University Jazz Festival.


Morgan State University – Design – $25,000

To support a youth design education program to promote design and math careers for youth.


Southern University at New Orleans – Visual Arts – $45,000

To support a retrospective exhibition of work by the artist and New Orleans native, Willie Birch (b. 1942).


Bring your questions to the informational session on Wednesday, January 24, 3:00 p.m. ET specifically for HBCUs considering applying for the Grants for Arts Projects opportunity. NEA staff will provide a brief overview of GAP and open up to questions from you. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Register in advance