DOE Awards Training Opportunities for Students and Faculty from Historically Underrepresented Institutions

(August 24, 2023) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $70 million in funding to support research by historically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to diversify leadership in the physical sciences. The funding, through DOE’s Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce (RENEW) initiative, will support internships, training programs, and mentor opportunities at 65 different institutions, including 40 higher-learning institutions that serve minority populations. Of these, nine institutions received awards to support research training opportunities in quantum information science, funded through the DOE Office of Science (SC) Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program, Basic Energy Sciences (BES) program, and the High Energy Physics (HEP) program.

The RENEW initiative leverages DOE’s unique National Laboratories, user facilities, and other research infrastructure to provide training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty at academic institutions currently underrepresented in the U.S. science and technology ecosystem. This funding will help to build a talent pool to further the Department’s mission of solving the nation’s energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science.

A press release about the RENEW awards is available at, the awards made by ASCR are available at, the awards made by BES are available at, and the awards made by HEP are available at