NNIS Program Benefits

The maximum value of any individual award, including stipend and tuition and associated fees is $65,000/yr.


Fellows receive a monthly stipend of no more than $2,500.  Fellows will also receive an additional Dislocation Allowance of $600 per month (prorated) while on a practicum assignment.

The DOE/NNSA attempts to provide adequate funding to its fellowship participants to meet the cost of graduate school, but other awards, prizes, and similar payments (including veteran’s benefits) that do not require a product or service may be accepted. SCUREF must be informed in advance if a fellow plans to accept a research assistantship or other employment. Payment received for such employment may result in an equivalent deduction from the fellow’s stipend. SCUREF reserves the right to withdraw the fellowship if the fellow receives compensation without notifying SCUREF as to the nature and extent of any payment.

Tuition and Fees

SCUREF pays tuition and fees (up to $35,000 per year) directly to the participating university upon receipt of invoice.  Optional, refundable, and penalty fees (such as late registration and duplication fees) are not payable by USCA.  Health insurance fees will be paid by only if they are required for all enrolled graduate students at the Fellow’s university.  All tuition and fee charges must be certified consistent with those made to regular graduate students and necessary for enrollment into the graduate program.  In no case will the annual cost of tuition, fees, and stipend exceed $65,000 per Fellow.

In August of each year, SCUREF notifies the bursar’s office at each university regarding invoicing procedures for Fellowship students. Students will receive a copy of this correspondence and should retain this copy for use in discussing any billing errors with their university’s bursar office.


Travel expenses must be approved by SCUREF and the sponsor prior to actual travel and must be U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)-compliant. In general, travel reimbursements are considered for seminars, conferences, and workshops associated with this program or any meeting for which the sponsor requests attendance. Full or partial reimbursements may be authorized depending on the availability of funds. Fellows should submit a Travel Request Form to SCUREF at least 30 days before the anticipated travel dates.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed for the Fellow to travel to/from the practicum site providing that the distance is more than 50 miles one-way from the Fellow’s university. It is the Fellow’s responsibility to find the least expensive mode of travel.  No expenses are paid for food or lodging at the practicum site. All travel must be authorized in advance by SCUREF and the sponsor and must be GSA compliant.

Full or partial travel reimbursement is also considered on occasions requiring the Fellow to consult with the university graduate committee and/or deliver a presentation of thesis/dissertation research.

Thesis Research at Participating DOE/NNSA Designated Centers

A Fellow may request to spend all or part of the time working on thesis/dissertation research at one of the participating DOE/NNSA-approved facilities listed at the end of this booklet.  Off-campus research requires that the Fellow complete a request form and have it endorsed by the faculty advisor, facility coordinator, and facility advisor.  Facility advisors must agree to mentor and supervise the Fellow and coordinate activities with facility personnel throughout the research assignment, Facility advisors should also serve on the Fellow’s graduate thesis research committee, if approved by the university.

See participating laboratories here.