Fellowship Education Grant

Funding Agency:
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is an independent agency, established by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, tasked with licensing and regulating the Nation’s civilian use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear material to ensure adequate protection of public health and safety, to promote the common defense and security, and to protect the environment.

The primary objective is to support fellowships for nuclear science, engineering, technology, health physics, and related disciplines to develop a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction,operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities as well as the safe handling of nuclear materials. Related disciplines supported by this funding are intended to benefit the nuclear sector broadly.

NRC website: http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/grants.html

An institution may submit only one application for each of the Scholarship, Fellowship, Distinguished Faculty Advancement, and Trade School and Community College Scholarship grant programs. If applying for more than one program, the institution must submit separate applications. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact fundopps@duke.edu as early as possible.

Deadline: Sep. 8, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

NRC does not award individual scholarships or fellowships. Individual students may not apply directly to NRC for scholarships or fellowships.

The Fellowship Program provides funding to colleges and universities to award fellowships to individuals pursuing nuclear science, engineering and other disciplines which may be beneficial in developing and maintaining a nuclear workforce. NRC provides funds for fellowships in the fields of Nuclear, Mechanical, Civil, Environmental, Electrical, Fire Protection, Geotechnical, Structural and Materials Sciences Engineering as well as Health Physics. The NRC has interest in topics including but not limited to Fuels, Neutronics, Thermal-hydraulics, Accident-Progression (e.g., performance of safety relief valves), Consequence, Emergency Preparedness, and Radiation Protection Analysis; Radiochemistry, Probabilistic Risk Assessment, Seismology, Fire Risk Analysis, advanced reactor (non-light water reactor), safety systems and other related disciplines. Students need to be enrolled in a graduate degree program offered by an accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Institutions receiving NRC grants must establish programs to monitor the academic progress of the fellowship students. The application must clearly describe how the funds will be applied. 



Amount Description

Fellowships: This is a four- (4) year program. Fellowship funds may be requested for up to $400,000.00 total costs (direct costs and facilities and administrative costs) for the project period. A post graduate student may not receive funding more than $50,000.00 per year or exceed $200,000.00 over a 4-year period.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences

Internal Nomination



External Deadline

September 8, 2023