Rickover Fellowship Program open for applications

November 18, 2021, 9:30AMNuclear News

The Department of Energy’s Naval Reactors Division is seeking applicants for its Rickover Fellowship Program in Nuclear Engineering for 2022-2023. The deadline for application submissions is January 31.

Application forms are available at the South Carolina Universities Research and Education Foundation (SCUREF) website. Applicants should submit all materials electronically through this site.

The program: The program is designed to meet the needs of the Naval Reactors Division for doctoral-level employees as it pertains to naval nuclear propulsion. The program will assist in preparing students for roles in naval nuclear propulsion and will support the broader objective of advancing fission energy development through the research efforts of the Fellows.

The technical areas of greatest interest include reactor physics, nuclear materials science and engineering, radiation shielding technology, thermal hydraulics, computational fluid dynamics, acoustic technology, and artificial intelligence technology.

Eligibility: Students with undergraduate degrees in mathematics, computational science, physical science, or engineering are eligible to apply. The program is open to all individuals seeking a doctorate who will be starting graduate studies on or before September 1, 2022, or who are currently enrolled in a qualified course of study. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be capable of obtaining a security clearance from the DOE.

Application details: Completed applications will be accepted through January 31 for fellowships beginning the following September. An application consists of the following sections:

  • Student application
  • References (three required)
  • Transcripts (Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent directly from the university registrar.)
  • Graduate Record Exam scores (Scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service using code 5949. Test scores dated before 2012 will not be accepted.)Authorization for Release of Information Form

Additional info: Applicants who are unable to submit applications through the SCUREF website are advised to contact Nicole Huchet by email or by phone at 843/793-1079, so that alternatives can be discussed.

Program benefits: Fellows receive a monthly stipend in the amount of $3,200. The basic stipend is augmented by a $750 (prorated) relocation allowance each month during a practicum.

Tuition and fees: The fellow's tuition and fees are paid directly by SCUREF.


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