Scholarship 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 scholarships for nuclear science, engineering, technology and related disciplines to develop a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials.  The nuclear-related discipline supported by this funding is intended to benefit the nuclear sector broadly.

An applicant may submit only one application for each of the Scholarship, Fellowship, Faculty Development, and Trade School and Community College Scholarship grant programs.  If applying for more than one grant program, then the applicant must submit separate applications.  

NRC website:


  • Duke Internal: Nov. 1. 2018
  • Application: Nov. 30, 2018

If the internal deadline has passed and you are interested in this opportunity, please email Anastasia Maddox at to find out if it is still open.

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 Scholarship Program provides funding to 4-year colleges and universities to award scholarships to individuals pursuing nuclear science, engineering, and other disciplines that may be beneficial in developing and maintaining a nuclear workforce.  Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate 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 scholarship students.  The NRC recommends that funds for scholarships not be awarded to freshman or sophomores.



Amount Description

Scholarship: This is a two (2) year program.  Scholarship funds may be requested for up to $200,000.00 total costs (direct costs and facilities and administrative costs) for the project period.  A scholarship student may not receive more than $10,000.00 per year or exceed $20,000.00 over a 2-year period. 

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

  • A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
  • The project description (which is not the same as the evaluation criteria in Section V.1) is limited to five (5*) pages or less, including text, tables, and visual materials (e.g., charts, graphs, maps, photographs).
  • CV or Biosketch of project leader

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here:


Internal Deadline

November 1, 2018

External Deadline

November 30, 2018