Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for award nomination submissions?

Nomination submissions for the 2019 U.S. C3E Awards closed on April 10, 2019. Please stay tuned for information on the 2020 U.S. C3E Awards.

What questions are on the nomination form?

Click here for guidelines and a full template of the nomination form.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Nominees should be outstanding mid-career professionals with a record of significant accomplishment; leadership qualities and other relevant attributes; and mentorship of women and girls, as well as be in good standing in their field and communities. Nominees should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. More detailed eligibility requirements can be found on the Nominate Page.

How is mid-career defined?

Mid-career is generally defined as an individual with expertise beyond entry level, but with significant opportunities to grow before the end of one’s career. The C3E Awards are intended to contribute to advancing the careers of awardees into more senior leadership and executive-level positions. Preference for this award will be given to candidates whose career could benefit from receiving this award.

How many years of clean energy experience are required?

Nominees should have a minimum of five years of experience in clean energy. Nominees typically have 10-15 years of professional experience (excluding time spent in degree programs), but that is not a hard-and-fast rule.

Can a previous nominee be nominated again?


Can previous nominations be resubmitted?

Previous nominations are not stored in the nomination system. Please submit an updated nomination.

Can a nominee be nominated in more than one category?

Please read the descriptions of all the categories and select the one that best describes the nominee’s work area. The nomination should be tailored to the category selected, and only one nomination in one category should be provided. For example, you may want to customize the description of the nominee’s outstanding leadership qualities and extraordinary accomplishments. If you are not sure which category your nominee is best suited for, contact us at C3E@Hq.Doe.Gov to discuss.

What if a nominee is nominated by more than one person?

In the case of multiple nominations for one person in a single category, only the first nomination is considered. If the nominee is nominated in separate categories by different nominators, each nomination stands.

How many people can one person nominate?

Nominators can only nominate one person per category. One nomination must be completed before starting another nomination. The nominator will need to reenter his or her information each time.

Are government employees eligible?

Federal, state, and local government employees are eligible, including employees of the U.S. Department of Energy and its National Laboratories.

What is the selection process?

An initial eligibility screening is conducted to ensure that the nominees are eligible and meet the criteria. The C3E Ambassadors meet in person to finalize the selection of an awardee and alternate in each category. References are contacted, and a vetting process is conducted to validate the information provided in the nominations. When the vetting process is complete, the awardees and nominators are informed.

What happens once awardees are notified?

Awardees are expected to attend and accept their award in person at the 8th Annual Women in Clean Energy Symposium in November 2019 at Texas A&M University.

Who can be contacted with questions about the nominations process?

Questions can be e-mailed to C3E@Hq.Doe.Gov.