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The U.S. Navy's nuclear ballistic submarine USS MAINE (SSBN -41) one of the nations newest Ohio class submarines, conducts surface navigational operations approximately 50 miles due south of Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.

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Rickover Graduate Fellowship in Nuclear Engineering (RFP)

This program assists in preparing students for roles in naval nuclear propulsion and supports the broader objective of advancing fission energy development through the research efforts of the fellows. The technical areas with greatest interest include reactor physics, nuclear materials science and engineering, radiation shielding technology, thermal hydraulics, and computational fluid dynamics. The principle emphasis is on students seeking Ph.D. degrees in nuclear engineering, or in closely related fields.

Nuclear Nonproliferation International Safeguards Fellowship Program (NNIS)

The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of International Nuclear Safeguards (OINS) is a comprehensive, multi-million dollar program dedicated to developing the policies, concepts, technologies, expertise, infrastructure, and human capital necessary to sustain and enhance international nuclear safeguards.  DOE/NNSA is the principle federal sponsor of the Nuclear Nonproliferation International Safeguards (NNIS) Graduate Fellowship Program.

Increasing costs for graduate education and demand for employees with bachelor’s degrees in nuclear-related science and engineering has reduced the number of qualified students seeking advanced degrees in those fields.  Simultaneously, demand for Ph.Ds. in the radiopharmaceutical, nuclear power, defense, and waste management industries means that fewer scientists and engineers with advanced degrees are available to pursue careers in nuclear nonproliferation and safeguards.

This fellowship provides financial support for exceptional students pursuing technical doctoral research relevant to the field of international safeguards.  Participating universities foster partnerships between science/engineering programs and programs focused on nuclear nonproliferation and safeguards policy.   Armed with both deep technical expertise and policy understanding, NNIS Fellows are primed to take on the exciting and challenging work of international nuclear safeguards.

Nuclear Forensics Graduate Fellowship Program (NFGFP)

This program is designed to foster the education of highly trained personnel to meet the hiring needs of the United States Department Homeland Security (DHS) for research and development in areas related to ongoing DHS sponsored programs in nuclear forensics. Fellows gain unique, hands-on experience through laboratory practicums and close interaction with technical and policy experts throughout the nuclear forensics community. Ultimately, the NFGFP gives highly motivated students an exceptional opportunity to apply their knowledge to enhance U.S. national security.

Please note that you must attend a NFGFP participating university in order to accept this fellowship award.  If your university would like to apply to be a participating university, go to, click on the NFGF tab, and fill out and submit a university participation application.  The university participation application has a rolling deadline.


Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Scholarship Program (NFUSP)

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), the Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Scholarship Program (NFUSP) provides scholarships to qualified undergraduate students pursuing degrees in disciplines relevant to technical nuclear forensics. The NFUSP introduces students studying physics, chemistry, nuclear engineering, and material science to nuclear forensics as a career option. Scholars gain hands-on experience through unique summer research opportunities at the national laboratories, including close interaction with technical experts throughout the national nuclear forensics community.


Savannah River Environmental Sciences Field Station Internship (SRESFS)

The Savannah River Environmental Sciences Field Station (SRESFS) Internship Program is managed by South Carolina State University in collaboration with 30 member institutions.  The SRESFS seeks to increase recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in science, engineering, natural resources management and environmental career professions. Housing and courses are held at the University of South Carolina-Aiken and the Savannah River Site (SRS), respectively. Both are located in or near Aiken, SC.  This course-driven program provides educational and research opportunities that will prepare you for graduate and professional careers in the areas of environmental science, agriculture, and management of terrestrial and natural resources. Currently, no graduate internships are offered.


Nuclear Forensics Junior Faculty Award Program (NFJFAP)

This program is designed to meet the DHS/DNDO stated mission goal to provide appropriately trained personnel for the nuclear forensics research and development programs at national laboratories and facilities throughout the United States. The NFJFAP encourages talented individuals who have recently received a Ph.D. in a discipline related to the technical areas listed below to consider and/or advance their careers in an academic institution.Nuclear Forensics Education Award Program (NFEAP).

Nuclear Forensics Education Award Program (NFEAP)

In response to the declining cadre of nuclear forensics-trained faculty and personnel at universities, national laboratories, and facilities throughout the United States, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) established the Nuclear Forensics Education Award Program (NFEAP). The NFEAP is designed to encourage universities to develop interdisciplinary programs in partnership with national laboratories that support and advance the science and technology associated with nuclear forensics.

Nuclear Forensics Minority Serving Institution Collaboration Award Program (NF/MSI)

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) has established the Nuclear Forensics Minority Serving Institution Collaboration Award Program (NF/MSI) to strengthen the engineering and science programs at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) (1) located throughout the United States (U.S.) and to enhance the partnerships between these institutions and other U.S. universities with established academic programs in scientific disciplines relevant to nuclear forensics. The objective is to increase the participation of MSIs in the National Nuclear Forensics Expertise Development Program (NNFEDP), of which this initiative is a part, and accelerate the involvement of minorities in the U.S. Government nuclear forensics mission.

(1) Minority Serving Institutions include the following: Alaska Native, Asian American and Native American, Pacific Islander, Hawaiian Native, Hispanic, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee

SCUREF, through its subcontract with the University of South Carolina Aiken (USCA), provides logistical support to federal advisory committees. These committees, which are authorized under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, are supported by the US Department of Energy. USCA’s Sponsored Research Office, provides assistance with meeting locations, transportation, lodging, agenda preparation and dissemination, meeting minutes, and other bookkeeping activities.