The National Laboratories have served as the leading institutions for scientific and technological innovation in the United States for more than seventy years. As they have tackled the Nation’s biggest scientific challenges, the biggest asset of the National Labs has always been its incredibly talented and dedicated workforce. An important initiative to develop and retain the Labs’ most talented leaders is the Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program (OSELP).
Established in 2016, OSELP is a distinguished Fellowship Program that brings together exceptional leaders to explore the complexities, challenges and opportunities facing the National Lab system and the Department of Energy (DOE).
Currently in its fourth year, Oppenheimer Fellows are nominated by National Lab Directors, assessed by a committee of former National Lab Directors and former senior DOE officials, and accepted into the program by the National Laboratory Directors’ Council (NLDC). Through site visits to National Labs and the development of strategic think-pieces, OSELP immerses its Fellows in the singular breadth, diversity, and complexity of the National Labs, DOE, and their partners.
OSELP represents a collective commitment from all 17 DOE National Labs to cultivate the leaders needed to sustain long-term impacts throughout the complex, with the NLDC personally engaged in selecting each Cohort, participating in strategic dialogues, and engaging meaningfully in think-piece discussions.
Learn more about the OSELP candidate nomination and selection process, program requirements, learning objectives, and program activities.
Learn about the history of the Oppenheimer Program.
Building a network of future DOE leaders.
Global leaders in science, technology, and innovation.