Federal and National Opportunities Week of January 29th

The U.S. Forest Service


Are you a university faculty member passionate about environmental issues and fostering diversity in the field? The U.S. Forest Service Overseas Environmental Experience Faculty Fellowship (FORSEE), a unique fellowship program from the U.S. Forest Service and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is your gateway to a transformative year of learning and impact.

Gain hands-on experience tackling real-world environmental challenges through site visits to community-based conservation projects in Latin America, Africa/Middle East, Asia, and the United States. Expand your network by building connections with international academics, practitioners, and USAID personnel. Develop your expertise with virtual workshops on professional development, grant writing, and DEIA practices.

FORSEE empowers you to:

  • Make a global difference: Contribute your knowledge and insights to international development projects, shaping a more sustainable future.
  • Boost your knowledge and teaching: Infuse your curriculum with fresh perspectives and field experiences, inspiring your students.
  • Become a leader in diversity: Champion inclusive practices in your institution and advance underrepresented voices in the environment and international development field.

Join a competitive 12-month program with up to 30% time commitment and receive comprehensive support, including travel, professional development, and mentorship.

Ready to take your career to new heights? Apply today!

Learn more here: Forsee Flyer



Department of Transportation

DOT is offering $2.97 million through its new Mobility Equity Research Initiative, which 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. 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/. This competition is open to institutions of higher education, public research entities, 501(c)3 nonprofit research entities, and consortia thereof. Applicants must be established and located in the United States or its territories or on Tribal lands. Applications are due by March 5, 2024.



National Job Shadowing Day

Job shadowing allows recent/current undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to learn about the plethora of careers in the arts within the federal government.

What is the event?

This is a career readiness education and exploration initiative to expose students to the world of federal service. Job shadowing is a strategic effort to connect students’ college curriculum with the real world through hands-on experiences to ignite students’ curiosity for a career they might not have even known existed.

Learn more about the event here: National Job Shadowing Event




U.S. Department of Energy Opportunities

Student Program (arpae-summit.com). Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is seeking to diverse its internship pool of technical, scientific, business, and policy students.  The ARPA-E Summit will be held May 22-24, 2024, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center near Dallas, Texas. The ARPA-E Summit convenes leaders from academia, business, and government to discuss cutting-edge energy technologies, facilitate relationships to move technologies to market, and showcase innovations that solve current and future energy challenges. The application deadline of February 4, 2024.


  • Graduate-level students interested in energy and innovation are invited to apply to the Summit’s Student Program. The Student Program includes student-focused panels sessions, networking events, and the opportunity for students to have their resumes included in a digital book that will be made available to companies attending the Summit. All accepted students will receive complimentary conference registration. More information about the Student Program can be found here and the Student Program fact sheet can be found here.


  • Students accepted to the Student Program will be invited to participate in the third annual Proposing Ideas for Technologies that Can Harness Energy Sustainably (PITCHES) session. Selected students will present a five-minute pitch to their peers and a panel of industry representatives, who will provide feedback and ask questions. PITCHES is a unique opportunity for students to showcase innovative and novel energy ideas in a semi-formal setting in front of like-minded peers and industry representatives. The deadline to apply to PITCHES is March 22, 2024. More information about PITCHES can be found here.


Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (MSIPP) Notice of Funding Opportunity: The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has published the Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (MSIPP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) DE-FOA-0003285 on grants.gov and fedconnect.net. This NOFO invites new or renewal grant applications from consortia partnerships consisting of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) with a focus on building and supporting the workforce capacity of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE).  Successful applications will address:  Expanding scientific and technical knowledge in Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, Engineering, or Nuclear Security


  • Providing experiential learning opportunities for students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related disciplines.


  • Building and strengthening research and education capacities of participating institutions.


  • Promoting collaborations with the Department of Energy (DOE) NNSA Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE).


The due date for applications is June 15, 2024, by 11:59 PM EST.  See the NOFO for guidance on additional application due dates and review cycles. For more information on the NOFO process, NNSA will host three webinars. Webinar details can be found on the Notice of Funding Opportunity on grants.gov and fedconnect.net.


Risk Management Tools & Technologies (RMT) Funding Opportunity Announcement: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $70 million in funding to support research into technologies designed to increase resilience and reduce risks to energy delivery infrastructure from a variety of hazards, including cyber and physical threats, natural disasters, and climate-change fueled extreme weather events. This new competitive funding opportunity will be available to public and private sector stakeholders, universities, and DOE’s National Laboratories and will help advance next-generation innovations that strengthen the resilience of America’s energy systems, which include the power grid, electric utilities, pipelines, and renewable energy generation sources like wind or solar. Key items to note:


  • This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): DE-FOA-0003217, “All Hazards Energy Resilience”, released on behalf of Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) Risk Management Tools & Technologies (RMT)FOA includes Topic Area 6, “University-Based RD&D: Scalable Cyber-Physical Platform” with applicant eligibility restricted to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).


  • Estimated Federal Funding for HBCUs:  A total of $4M, is allocated for HBCUs.  It is anticipated that 2 awards will be made at $2M/award with funding allocated over a period of 3 years.  The anticipated period of performance is October 1, 2024 – September 30, 2027. The submission deadline for full applications is March 4, 2024, 3pm ET.


Faculty-Applied Clean Energy Sciences (FACES) Program: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with the Office of Energy Justice and Equity and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is now accepting applications for the Faculty-Applied Clean Energy Sciences (FACES) program. FACES is a 10-week summer program that provides faculty with the opportunity to collaborate with NREL researchers and develop scalable education modules on topics like community engagement, human behavior, energy and environmental science, and artificial intelligence. The first eight weeks will be spent at NREL in an immersive environment with an NREL staff researcher/mentor. The final two weeks will be conducted virtually to prepare a final deliverable. A Customized Learning Solution (CLS) will be the culminating milestone of the research experience with the intent for your hosting NREL mentor to travel to your MSI and deliver the CLS to your class. The application deadline is February 15, 2024.


MSI Undergraduate Summer Internship – Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E): ARPA-E’s Inspiring New Transformations in Energy Research by Emerging Scientists and Technologists (INTEREST) Program is seeking Juniors and Seniors at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) for participation in a summer internship. This paid internship program seeks to connect talented STEM majors at MSIs with active ARPA-E Performers to assist ARPA-E-funded technology developments and provide students an opportunity to collaborate and contribute to high-profile, high-impact next generation energy technology development and R&D. Internships will be hosted at the sites of active ARPA-E Performers or their Partners during Summer 2024. The application deadline is February 5, 2024.


MSI Connect: The Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Connect Platform, spearheaded by Brookhaven National Laboratory, is an immersive summer fellowship for MSI undergraduate, graduate students and alumni to work in collaborative teams paired with Department of Energy (DOE) lab technology. The fellowship is a training program, intended to build entrepreneurial skills and knowledge around technology transfer and commercialization. Successful fellowship teams will have an opportunity to secure up to $75,000 in follow on funding in Phase II at the Final Pitch Event at Brookhaven National Lab in New York. The application deadline is February 5, 2024.


Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) Internships: The Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) offers 12-week summer internships with offices and laboratories throughout the Department of Energy. Imagine yourself at DOE headquarters in Washington D.C., at one of 17 National Laboratories, or at one of many site offices. Sponsored by the Office of Energy Justice and Equity, the program partners with eligible minority-serving institutions to help their students (undergraduate and graduate) and recent graduates “jump-start” their careers and develop their potential for future opportunities within the federal government. The application deadline is February 15, 2024.



United States Department of Agriculture

USDA’s 1890 National Scholars Program offers scholarships to U.S. citizens who are seeking a bachelor’s degree at one of the nineteen 1890 Land-Grant Universities in the fields of food, agriculture, natural resource sciences or other related disciplines. The new e-application will be available on December 15, 2023. Please check our website for updates: https://www.usda.gov/partnerships/1890NationalScholars 

Learn more about the program here: FY24 1890 HBCU Scholar Flyer



United States Agency for International Development

MSI Speaker Series – Pros and Cons of a Cashless Society

USAID is hosting a FREE monthly webinar for students of Minority Serving Institutions focusing on humanitarian assistance and international development challenges.  The first webinar is February 7 12pm – 1pm ET and will focus on the pros and cons of a Cashless Society.  Register Here.



Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

The student engagement series is specifically focused on engaging HBCU students in cancer research and are open to all HBCU students:

    • February 7 – Morehouse School of Medicine
    • February 14 – Black in Cancer
    • February 21 – Cincinnati Cancer Advisors & University of Mississippi Medical Center

JSU POC: Kenya Hudson, j00088653@jsums.edu



U.S. Department of Energy

Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Connect Platform: The Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions MSI fellowship program, MSI Connect, is accepting applications! The MSI Connect Platform, spearheaded by Brookhaven National Laboratory, is an immersive summer fellowship for MSI undergraduate, graduate students and alumni to work in collaborative teams paired with Department of Energy (DOE) lab technology. The fellowship is a training program, intended to build entrepreneurial skills and knowledge around technology transfer and commercialization. Successful fellowship teams will have an opportunity to secure up to $75,000 in follow on funding in Phase II at the Final Pitch Event at Brookhaven National Lab in New York.  Please click here to apply: MSI Connect Application – deadline is February 5th, 2024


  • $12,900 Phase I Summer Fellowships:  Phase I Fellows receive a stipend for 9-weeks. Fellows will build entrepreneurial skills and knowledge around technology transfer and commercialization. Travel will be included for the bootcamp and final pitch event. (Lodging not included)
  • $75,000 in Phase II Seed Grant: Phase II teams will spend 12 months in immersive programming aimed at venture creation.



  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be enrolled full-time in a Minority Serving Institution.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Majoring in: STEM, Business, Innovation/Entrepreneurship
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students.
  • The deadline to apply is February 5th.