The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program (AEF) is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Fellowship Year until 8 p.m. on Nov. 19.

AEF is a program that allows STEM educators to be involved with a federal agency or U.S. Congressional office for 11 months. During this time, educators and the office in which they work will discuss federal STEM efforts based on the educator’s classroom knowledge.

Some of the agencies involved with AEF are the U.S. Department of Energy, which also sponsors four congressional offices, the National Science Foundation, and NASA. In addition to building partnerships with federal agencies, fellows have been involved in the creation of STEM legislation, evaluated and implemented national STEM programs, and created digital learning tools for teachers and students.

The DoE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, along with other agencies and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education manage the program.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are employed by a public or private elementary or secondary school full time. They must have taught in a STEM discipline for five out of the last seven years.

Online applications are now open. Click here for further information concerning eligibility and application.

Other questions concerning AEF can be directed to sc.einstein@science.doe.gov.