DOE offers $5 million in nuclear scholarships and fellowships
The Department of Energy is offering over $5 million in scholarships and fellowships for students pursuing degrees in nuclear science and engineering. The awards are provided through the Office of Nuclear Energy’s University Nuclear Leadership Program (UNLP) and include 61 undergraduate scholarships and 28 graduate fellowships for students at 32 colleges and universities in 23 states. The awards are to be finalized by July 31, 2022.
Purpose: The stated purpose of the UNLP awards is to “invest in the next generation of leaders who will research innovative nuclear energy solutions to today’s climate challenges and help the United States meet the Biden administration’s ambitious goals of 100 percent clean electricity by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.” Under the UNLP’s previous name, the Integrated University Program, more than 900 scholarships and fellowships have been awarded since 2009.
Details: The UNLP will provide scholarships worth $5,000 per year to two-year institutions in which students are studying to become nuclear energy technicians. Scholarships of $10,000 per year will be given to four-year institutions. Three-year fellowships of $52,000 per year will be provided for graduate studies and research. Fellowships worth $5,000 will fund internships at DOE national laboratories or other approved research facilities.
Application: To submit an application to administer a UNLP scholarship or fellowship, interested institutions should visit the DOE’s Nuclear Energy University Program website.